Choosing the Right Foundation for Your Skin
Choosing the right foundation for your skin type can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Finding the right foundation is not just about color and tones as one may think, it is about your skin too. Everyone has a different skin type, and what works for you may not work for someone else and vice versa. So, let’s take a look at the factors that you need to consider for your skin type, and how to choose the best one for you.
We will also briefly talk about how application also has a part in all this.
What is your Skin Type?
This is without a doubt the most important part of choosing your foundation. You need to know your skin type. You could have normal skin, dry skin, oily skin, or combination skin.
You can discover this by washing your face. If you wash your face and afterward your face feels fine and fresh you have normal skin, if it is oily after washing it then your skin is oily. If it is dry then you have dry skin, and if your skin is dry in some places but oily in others you have combination skin.
If you have oily skin, you need to use an oil free foundation, often powdered ones that leave you with a smooth matte finish. If you have dry skin you will want a hydrating foundation either liquid or stick, this will deliver moisture and give optimal coverage.
If you have combination skin, you are going to struggle. You may want to try mixing and matching formulas and avoid foundations that are oil-rich or emollient.
It may seem like stating the obvious, but be sure to match the shade to your skin tone. The best place on your body to test out a foundation is around your neck or jawline. The right shade will seamlessly blend into your skin and won’t leave you looking ashy or ghastly, or like a tangerine. Do not be afraid to mix colors in winter and summer months, while it may seem odd to do so, it is the best thing to do as your skin tone will vary throughout the year.
Think About the Finish
Always think about the finish, while you must consider the best type of foundation for your skin type, you should also consider that you need to use the best foundation for your textured skin
You should always try to match your foundation applicator to your foundation. If you use a powder foundation, then you should use a powder brush if you like a light coverage. However, if you want medium coverage, then use a denser buffing brush.
If you use a serum foundation then you can use a sponge, while beauty blenders are great, a sponge is better and will absorb more, use your fingers to blend as well and avoid wastage.
Liquid to powder foundations can be thin, so they do not tend to work well with sponges or brushes, so you will just want to use your fingers or a stippling brush to get a better blend.
For cushion foundations just use the puff that comes with the product, you can also use a small brush to reach edges and hard-to-reach areas like the crease in your nose. This is because they are thinner.
For a liquid foundation you may want to use a damp sponge, you could use your fingers or a less-dense brush, however, a sponge will offer a more flawless touch.
Cream foundations can be a bit more troublesome, you will want to use a damp makeup sponge for this, or even use a dampened buffing brush with a facial spray.
Whipped foundations are between a standard liquid foundation and a cream foundation. These can be applied with either a buffing brush or a damp makeup sponge.
Spray foundations should be sprayed onto a fluffer or brush and then blended into the skin. Stick foundations on the other hand are creamy and thick, and they are hard to blend with your fingers. Instead, use a damp makeup sponge or an angled buffing or brush to blend this better.