There are so many types of makeup and makeup brands out there, sometimes it can get very confusing if you don’t know what you are looking for. Here are some simple steps to help you choose the right foundation….
Type Of Foundation
There are so many kinds of foundation out there it can get a little crazy; the easiest way to start is to break it down into 3 groups: Liquid, Cream and Powder. To pick the best one for you, you need to look at your skin and decide how much coverage you need.
Liquid foundation comes in different coverages from something as light a tinted moisturizer that has little coverage to much thicker liquid foundation. My favorite is Estee Lauder Double Wear, great coverage that is buildable and matte for oily skin but does not clog the pours. It also has a beautiful finish to it. Just make sure to set it with a translucent powder to make sure it stays all day. Makeup Forever’s HD Translucent Powder is great, a little goes a long way so don’t use too much!
Cream foundation is mostly on the thicker side and is good for when you need a more intense coverage. They are great because they are buildable as well and you can get a fuller coverage. One of my favorites is Makeup Forever HD Foundation Stick. It’s great in high light situations like flash photography.
Powder foundation is good if you want a very minimal application, you need to be careful thought because it can easily cake up and look blotchy.
Another thing to think about when choosing your perfect foundation is they type of skin you have.
If you have more of an oily skin I would try for an oil free foundation something more on the Matte side to help with the shine through the day.
With dry skin you may want something a little more illuminating like the new L’Oréal True Match Lumi Cushion
When having more mature skin you want something more hydrating that won’t be as thick but still give you coverage. I love Mac Face And Body Foundation great for mature skin.
Now that you have the right foundation you need the right colour for your skin tone.
To pick the right colour, you will need to make sure you have good light to test it in AND a mirror big enough to see your face and your neck.
Take a small bit of the foundation on a foundation brush, or your finger if you don’t have a brush and make a line that goes from your jaw line to your neck. You want to make sure your matching your foundation to your neck so your face isn’t lighter or darker than the rest of your body.
Remember that you will be one shade in the winter and most likely a darker shade in the summer. It is a good idea to have 2 shades, your winter shade and your summer shade.
You will need to buy new foundation every 6 months or so, as liquid and cream foundation does expire. The best way to tell is by the smell, if it starts to smell off or rancid it is time to get a new bottle.
Once you have the right type of foundation and the perfect colour you will be good to go with your new foundation!