What's the point of foundation?
You donâ€™t need to know a lot about make-up to know that the main goal is to make it look like you havenâ€™t applied no make up at all. The first thing you have to know if you want that to happen is how to choose the perfect foundation to your skin tone. It is the ideal product to hide away any skin imperfections, blemishes, blotches or wrinkles. Nowadays there are so many varieties of foundations to choose from, some people just donâ€™t know how to do it.Â
What are the main types of foundations available out there?
Matte foundation â€“ when applied, the cream dries into a form of powder that gives the skin a â€œmatteâ€ look. These are quite appropriate for oily skins, since they tend to diminish shine and luster. You can buy these in cream â€“ which are quite good to conceal wrinkles, while moisturizing your skin â€“ or mousse â€“ which are unadvised for people with acne-prone skin, since they may clog your pores and make it worse.
Liquid foundation â€“ these are the most common foundations available. They can provide good coverage to people with dry, oily or combination (mainly oily in your T-zone) skin. Liquid foundations are available in water-based and oil-based types. The first ones work well with people who have acne-prone skin, while the second ones are perfect if you have dry skin or if your main goal is to conceal any wrinkle. One problem people usually have is with finding a liquid foundation that is really not oily, while giving the feeling of a second skin. Iâ€™ve found the solution. The foundation I am using right now is actually a liquid one, definitely not oily â€“ since I have a combination skin â€“ but it has come out as the best foundations Iâ€™ve ever used. It is called Lingerie de Peau, itâ€™s by Guerlain. Though it is a bit expensive, itâ€™s completely worth it. There is no need for extra concealer after applying it, and though I moisturize my face before applying it, it totally gives the feeling of being really hidrating. Plus, it has an SPF of 20, which is always a bonus:
Pressed powder foundation â€“ the perfect choice for people with really oily skin. It doesnâ€™t add any shine to your face, and it definitely doesnâ€™t clog your pores. Also, mineral foundations are known to be the ones with less chemical additives, which turns them into one of the safest options for sensitive, allergy-prone skins. The only downside is it doesnâ€™t blend in as well as liquid or mousse foundations, so you probably want to buy a brush that helps you with that. A really good mineral foundation Iâ€™ve used and really liked, since it is really easy to blend in and even can give you the tanned look you probably want, is the Bare Minerals Matte by Bare Escentuals. The powder is extremely fine, making it easier to apply and it comes in all kinds of shades:
Stick foundation â€“ portable, lipstick-like foundations. Easy to apply on just small spots of your face, almost work like concealers. Although they are really easy to use, itâ€™s better not to use them for an all-over application.
How to match your foundation with your skin tone
The main purpose of applying foundation is evening out your skin tone. Therefore, it is important for you to analize if your skin has warm or cool undertones. Warm undertones â€“ meaning darker skin colours, closer to bronze or golden â€“ require nude, beige or pinky foundations. These will make your natural skin colour pop out as never, not making you look like youâ€™re wearing a mask. For cooler tones â€“ ivory, pinkish skin colours â€“ light porcelain or beige foundations with brown hues will give some colour to your face, make it stand out a little bit more and eliminate the pale tone.
So, next time you go to the store, that is the first thing you should think about. Try not to apply your make up (foundation or not) on your hands, as many people do. Your hands are not the same colour as your face, most of the times. The right places to try foundation are on the neck or on your jawline.
The climate you live in and workplace are important!
It is fundamental to think about the circumstances youâ€™re planning to use your foundation in. The climate really influences the duration of your foundation, so you should pick one that is resistant to it. If you like in cold, windy places, liquid or matte foundations would be the best, you should stay away from pressed powder ones. On the contrary, if you live in a city with really hot weather, a mineral foundation would be best. If your work requires you to spend a lot of time outdoors, you should definitely search for a foundation with an SPF.
How to make the most of your foundation
It doesnâ€™t matter if you bought the most expensive foundation you found on the store, you have to learn how to compliment it. Make sure you always use a cleanser and moisturizer before applying it, no matter what skin type you are. After applying in evenly â€“ and I always recommend the use of a brush or sponge to help you out with the blending â€“ you should consider applying a good concealer in problem areas.
So, I hope this article has helped you out in your search for the perfect foundation. Donâ€™t forget: the moment you feel like there is no make up on your skin, but it still looks flawless, is the moment you got it right!