Picking the perfect foundation makeup for your skin can be daunting if you don’t know what your doing.
The Best Coloured Foundation Will Disappear on Your Face
If you take anything at all away from this blog, remember this: the right foundation shade will disappear onto your skin. It won’t settle into fine lines or wrinkles or highlight large pores. It will lightly cover up any redness or unevenness but it will do so without being obvious. It will look like your natural skin tone. Don’t use darker foundations than your skin colour to get that tan, nothing looks worse EVER than the obvious foundation line. Use bronzer on top to bronze yourself up. Check out one of my other blog on Bronzer.
Test before you buy.
You should do this to see what looks best on your skin. Most colours actually look different out of the bottle so test test test!
Not only the colour but the thickness/lightness of it. Also whether you want a liquid, cream or powder.
Testing Out Different Shades
When testing out shades, it’s best to do this at the makeup counter or in the right light with a clean, fresh face.
The best shade for you is one that disappears on your face. To test, apply a stroke of up to three colors on your jawline (the inner wrist or hand aren’t the best spots, contrary to popular belief) try it on your face as you will be wearing it there! 🙂
The second shade from the left is the right one.. You can hardly see it!
Once you find that perfect fit, check it out in natural light. Ask to borrow a hand mirror and stand near a doorway, or step outside, to see which foundation looks best in the natural light.
What’s the Right Formula for Your Skin?
When choosing a foundation it’s best to try and know your skin type. Foundations are formulated for oily, dry, mature, normal, sensitive skin. Keep in mind that most your skin type changes with the weather. In winter, you might be dry, while in summer you might be oily. Also, lots of women actually have combination skin, which means they are oily in the T-zone and dry everywhere else.
If your skin is oily, look for words like “oil-free,” “oil-control” or “mattifying” on the bottle.
Women with dry skin should look for moisturizing foundations with “hydrating” or “moisture-rich” wording on the bottle. Foundations containing glycerin glide on easily.
For combination skin, determine if you’re more oily or dry and go from there. Cream-to-powder bases work great for combination skin. Mineral foundations work well on all skin types, especially sensitive skin.
Coverage: Do You Want Light, Medium or Heavy?
When choosing a foundation figure out the what coverage you want. This may also be seasonal. You may choose lighter coverage in summer and a heavier, creamier coverage in colder months. A SPF foundation would be great for summer too!
If you have good skin, but want to even out a few ruddy areas, consider a light coverage, tinted moisturizers or light powders. If your skin tone is uneven and you have blemishes, consider a medium-coverage foundation. Most medium-coverage foundations a liquid or a creme and can be built upon to create a heavier coverage.
Yellow Vs. Pink Shades?
If you read about foundations in any beauty book or magazine, you will likely read about yellow- and pink-based shades. Women with olive skin should use yellow-based foundations, which look most natural on all skin tones. Pink shades can be better for women with very fair skin.
Last of all if you are still baffled. Why not pop in and see me and we could do a private makeup tutorial! Give me a call.