This article is the first of a three-part series aimed at shedding some light on the foundation situation and will hopefully give women one less thing to stress over!
Foundation can either make or break your entire makeup look. Get the right one and you’re on your way to looking flawless and fabulous! Use the wrong foundation, however, and you’re off to a bad start. Well, how do you know if you are using the wrong one? There are some definitely some telltale signs of knowing when you are committing this heinous makeup faux pas. If the colour does not blend invisibly into your skin, there will be a significant difference between the colour of your face and neck, causing that unsightly mask effect. If you are using the wrong type of makeup for your skin it will look too oily, too cakey or may even cause you to break out.
There are three main things to consider when choosing the best foundation for you:
- Skin Type
- Skin Tone
Firstly, determine your skin type. Do you have oily, dry, normal or combination skin? Is your skin sensitive or acne-prone? Do you have aged or mature skin? Once you’ve decided on your skin type, look for a foundation that is formulated for your individual skin type. Most makeup will say things like “for dry skin “or “for sensitive skin” etc.
Other terms include:
- “oil-free” – best suited for oily skin, acne-prone skin or for a long-lasting effect in hot climates
- “hypo-allergenic” – for sensitive skin
- “non-comodegenic” – for acne-prone skin or sensitive skin
- “moisturizing” – for dry skin or mature skin
- “clarifying” – for blemish – prone skin
- “age-defying” – for mature skin
Also note that generally, cream foundations are best suited for dry skin or mature skin. The creamy texture gives luster to dry skin and smoothes over mature skin. Cream to powder foundations can be used on oily skin to give a velvety smooth or dewy finish, but must be followed with an application of powder, or it will not stay put and will look too oily. If you have very oily skin, avoid creamy foundations and stick to oil-free liquid foundations or apply an oil-free compact powder with your foundation brush to create a foundation that will give maximum oil absorption.
Choosing makeup that’s formulated for your skin-type ensures that your skin never looks too oily or too dry and keeps blemishes away. Once you’ve chosen a foundation for your skin-type you’re one step closer to looking your best!
Stay tuned for the follow up articles on how to find the perfect foundation to match your skin-tone and choosing a foundation to give you the coverage you want.
Renee-Liza is a professional Makeup Artist located in Trinidad. Contact her:
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