How to Choose the Right Foundation

How to Choose the Right Foundation

February 16 2015 - Makeup

Foundation is one of the most important cosmetic product one can ever invest in. It helps even out skin tone as well as cover minor blemishes to provide skin a flawless look.

Here are some considerations  before going to the cosmetic counter to choose foundation:

FORMULATION – is dictated by suitable to one’s SKIN TYPE

Dry Skin – cream-based foundation to provide the skin with the moisture it needs. Make sure to double check that it’s got moisturizing components.
Combination – can go for water-based or cream-based foundations to provide the balance combination skin needs
Oily skin – water-based foundation is perfect to provide the hydration skin needs. Stay away from cream-based products.

SKIN UNDERTONE – the skin comes in 2 basic undertones. To know this will make the foundation the appropriate base tone for the skin

Yellow (Warm) undertone – most common among Asians
Pink (Cool) undertone – most common among Caucasians

Skin Tones

SKIN TONE – This is the shade that must perfectly match with the skin. To do this, here are a few easy steps to take:

  1. Choose 3 shades closest to your skin tone
  2. Line each shade along the jawline blended down to the neck
  3. Blend
  4. Allow to dry
  5. The shade that VANISHES unto the skin is the shade that matches one’s skin

Remember that foundation is not meant to be lighter or darker than the skin. Given that its purpose is to even out skin for a flawless finish, it should be least noticeable.

Tools to use: 

  • Fingers are the perfect tools to apply foundation as the heat of the fingers activates the ingredients of the foundation. It’s also best to even out skin tone
  • Foundation brush – a synthetic brush that can carry dense products such as liquid and cream
  • Fiber optic brush – also called a stippling brush. The combination of natural and synthetic hair allows for light application of dense materials to give it skin a more natural finish.


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