Picking a foundation that caters to your skin’s needs can be a real challenge- it comes in countless shades and formulas. It’s also the trickiest makeup product to use as it can either give you that dreamy, flawless complexion, or it can have the exact opposite effect if you get it wrong.
The point of your base makeup is to help your skin to look its best and not to look like you have layers of products on. Remember, foundation shouldn’t show on your skin as what you want is your complexion to appear amazing, not your foundation.
Here we’ve got some very handy tips to help you picking the right foundation!!!
1. Understand your Skin Type!
You must understand your skin’s needs and concerns to pick a formula that will work best for you!
If you have oily skin, use powder foundation or an oil-free liquid one. These contain powders that absorbs oil, leaving you with a smooth, matte finish.
📌 Dry Skin!
If you are someone with dry skin, choose a hydrating powder foundation, a liquid or a stick one. These have a creamy consistency which delivers moisture to the skin and offer great coverage.
📌 Combination Skin!
If your skin is oily in some place (T-zone) and dry in others; use a water- based foundation that will not completely dry out your skin or make it oily.
📌 Sensitive Skin!
If you struggle with acne- prone and sensitive skin; it is best to avoid certain ingredients that can irritate your skin like alcohol and fragrance. Also, mineral oil and talc is a big no-no.
2. Match the shade to your Skin Tone.
The best place to test whether a foundation is a match for your skin is your neck or jawline.
The jawline is probably one of the most common areas for testing foundation colours. It is particularly a good way to make sure that your foundation on face matches with the skin on your neck and chest.
The skin on your arm or hands is not a good place for testing foundation colours. The skin on hand is actually a different colour to that on your face, so it won’t help you much in finding the right foundation.
The right shade will seamlessly blend into your skin colour and won’t leave you looking ashy or ghasty.
If it is leaving a whitish cast on your skin or if it’s making you look darker, then it’s the wrong shade.
3. Mix colours (shades) for a perfect match.
Your skin is unique and you may not find one shade that works. Try mixing colours or tones to create the perfect shade for you.
When you’re in doubt, go with the slightly darker shade because going lighter almost looks artificial and chalky.
If you’re dying to have that seemingly natural perfection then finding the right foundation should be your current mission.
Stay away from heavy pancake foundation that can clog pores, instead choose a foundation that is lightweight and won’t cause breakouts.
Also look for foundations that has SPF (Sun Protecting Factor) which will protect your skin from UV rays direct from the sun, foundations that can protect your skin from further aging as well as improve your skin appearance.