It’s a tricky thing isn’t it? Choosing the right foundation for your skin type and tone that is. There are so many kinds and shades of foundation on the market, it can all be a little intimidating. Where do you even start?
Here are a couple of quick tips to help you find a foundation that’s just right for you:
AVOID BUYING FOUNDATION ONLINE
Unless you already know your exact shade and are just repurchasing, I suggest that you avoid buying foundation online. It’s almost impossible to determine your exact shade when you’re shopping on the net. You don’t have the experience of physically trying out the product, evaluating the texture and matching the shade to your skin tone. It’s best to go to a store or counter and swatch at least 3 different shades onto your jawline to determine your exact shade. The one that blends seamlessly into your skin is the right shade for you.
TRY OUT SOME SAMPLES
If you don’t want to commit to buying a particular foundation just yet, try bringing a little cosmetic pot container to the counter and get a beauty consultant to decant some sample foundation into it (or you can just do it yourself). There’s no harm in asking whether they have any packets of foundation samples either. It’s good to try out some samples first as you can experience it first-hand if it sits well on your skin. If it breaks you out, at least you won’t have to worry about what to do with the rest of your $100 foundation.
THE SUNLIGHT TEST
When trying out a foundation, it’s best to look into a 5 or 10x magnifying mirror in harsh daylight to determine if it looks good on you. And by good, I mean natural. You want foundation that blends seamlessly into the skin and doesn’t feel like a mask. You don’t want foundation that settles in your pores and makes them look more obvious. Most foundations contain silicone (like dimethicone) which gives them a smooth silky texture and makes it easier for us to blend these foundations onto the skin. However, if you’re against using silicone, you can try try opting for organic or pure mineral foundations instead. However, do take note that most mineral foundations don’t blend as flawlessly as silicone foundations.
KNOW YOUR UNDERTONE
To find the right shade of foundation, it’s also good to know the underlying tones in your skin. Do you have a cool, warm or neutral tone? Here’s how you can determine your skin’s natural undertone:
Cool: The veins on your wrist appear blue and you tend to turn a flushed pink under the sun. Silver jewellery looks great against your skin. Opt for a foundation with a pink or blue base.
Warm: The veins on your wrist appear green. Gold jewellery looks amazing on you. Opt for a foundation with a gold or yellow base.
Neutral: Lucky you! You have an equal amount of green and blue veins and you look amazing in both gold and silver jewellery. Most foundation tones will suit you.
FINDING THE RIGHT FORMULA
Go through this checklist to determine the best foundation texture for your skin type:
- Do I have oily, dry or combination skin?
- Is my skin sensitive and acne-prone or normal?
- Do I have any underlying skin conditions like cystic acne, eczema or rosacea?
- Am I prone to getting milia and clogged pores?
- Do I prefer a matte or dewy finish?
Once you’ve gotten a better of idea of what you’re looking for, read the labels and ingredients to see if the texture is suitable for you. For dry skin types, opt for foundations with a dewy and hydrating finish. Matte foundations are great for oilier skin types. If you have combination skin, you can use 2 different foundations to target different areas of your face.
If you want your matte foundation to look more dewy, try mixing a drop of skincare oil into your foundation to give it a more luminous finish. Conversely, if you want to make a dewy foundation appear more matte, use a powder puff and press translucent powder on top of it to mattify the skin.
(All images from Imaxtree)