Friday, 24 July 2015

Tips For Choosing The Perfect Foundation


How To Choose The Perfect Foundation


Before I worked in make up, I literally had no clue about choosing the right foundation, other than selecting the shade that looks the most like white paint. Now, I can't believe I never stopped to think about what I actually wanted from a foundation - I didn't even consider what kind of coverage I was looking for!

So let's start with the simple things:

What kind of coverage do you want? Do you want something that's going to looking natural, designed to even out the skin tone and blur imperfections? Or do you want something a little thicker, with a higher coverage designed to cover blemishes, scars and hyperpigmentation.

What is your skin type? Normal, Dry, Combination, Oily or Sensitive? This is definitely the main question I never thought about when I was younger. I'd use skin care to help combat my combination skin type, but then I would just slap on whatever foundation I fancied the look of! If you're not sure of your skin type, pop in to a make up counter and ask for help - it can be intimidating, but these ladies are trained on skincare, so they know their stuff! 

Now, for the more pernickity things:

What undertone suits you best? I had to word this one a little differently, as I know first hand that the undertone you're meant to be isn't always the one that looks best. I have a pink undertone, but half the time when I buy a foundation with the same tone, I end up looking a little salmon tinged! Also, sometimes the skin on the neck and on the face can have different undertones, so it's up to you what you want to match your foundation to.

What finish do you want? Some people prefer the dewy finish, some prefer matte. There is even a satin finish, which is in between! When my skin was oilier I always opted for a matte finish to combat and oil, but now my skin is normal to dry and I much prefer a dewy finish to help my skin look healthier.

What formula do you want? There are so many different formula's for foundation these days. It's not just the choice of a liquid or a compact anymore. You can go for a liquid, a gel, a pan stick, a dewy compact, a creamy compact, a powdered compact... the list goes on and on! Again, don't be afraid to ask for help. Trying on a foundation to see how it looks first is always the best in my opinion and I always take a couple of hours to see how it lasts and changes on my skin.

That's all I can think of to consider for the moment, but feel free to comment below with anything else you can think of, or with recommendations for different skin types!

Banana Beauty

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2 comments

  1. I definitely think I need to go to a makeup counter and ask for help, however this post has been extremely helpful - but i defo dont know what my undertone is haha x

    That Girl Rhianna | Beauty, Thoughts, Lifestyle

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  2. I definitely think I need to go to a makeup counter and ask for help, however this post has been extremely helpful - but i defo dont know what my undertone is haha x

    That Girl Rhianna | Beauty, Thoughts, Lifestyle

    ReplyDelete

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