How To Choose The Right Foundation
Avoid the biggest makeup mistake you can make....

Nov 07, 2012 10:41
by Chloe Morello

The biggest makeup mistake would have to be wearing the wrong foundation. But when there are so many different products for the different skin types, it can be daunting choosing the right one for you.

Here are a few rules to help you make the right choice:

Firstly, you will need to determine what ‘skin type’ you fall under; whether it be oily, combination or dry. Getting the wrong foundation for your skin can mean it can look cakey, get too oily too quickly, or slide off altogether.

Once you’ve determined the type of skin you have, then you can choose the foundation that is right for you.

If you have oily skin (one that looks shiny quickly), go for a matte foundation that is long lasting because products are more likely to wear off on oily skin types. Also keep an eye out for words like ‘oil-free’, ‘mattifying’ and ‘oil-control’. A great option is Chanel Matte Lumiere ($86.00) or Revlon Colourstay Foundation ($34.95).

For those women with dryer skin (skin that looks dull, or has flakey areas), their skin will need to be treated to some moisturising foundation, so look for products that boast ‘hydrating’ or ‘dewy finish’ on the bottle. Go for something like MAC Mineralize Satin Finish SPF 15 ($49.00) or Clinique Supermoisture Foundation ($50.00).

Combination skins are those that experience dryness on the cheek area and oiliness in the T-zone. Try to determine if you're more oily or more dry, and choose your foundation from there.

Some good balanced foundations are Dior Diorskin Forever Fluid Foundation ($77.00) or Revlon Photoready Foundation ($24.00).

Once you know your skin type and whether you need a matte or dewy finish, you can pick the colour for you!

You may have a cool or warm undertone and if you’re a warmer skinnedgirl, wearing a cool foundation will look two-toned and just wrong! You can usually tell what undertone a foundation has by looking at the foundation to see if it’s slightly more yellow (warm), or slightly pink (cool), some foundations and skin tones are simply ‘neutral’ and so you could possibly sway slightly either way.

The best thing to do is test out different foundations until you find the one that works best on your skin. Swipe a little on the side of your cheek and then check in natural light to see which blends in best.

Test out different foundations until you find the one that works best for you because everyone’s skin is very different, but knowing your own skin type can let your natural beauty take the spotlight rather than a badly chosen foundation!

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