Starting Your Makeup Collection Part IV- Finding the Right Foundation
For this post in my Starting Your Makeup Collection Series, we will be focusing on one specific type of product and that is liquid foundations, and little bit on powders. Finding the right foundation can be really difficult and it has taken me a while to find the foundations that really look and feel best on my skin. I'm no professional and I do not understand at all the whole undertones, cool and warm tones thing. But I can share with you what I think I know about finding the perfect foundation and hopefully some of you will find it helpful!
Know your skin type:
The first step is toknow your skin type! Are you more dry, oily, normal, combo? That's always the first and most important step.
❤ If you're more oily, try to stay away from foundations with oil in it. So look for key words on the bottle like "oil free"
❤ If you have more dry skin, you want foundation that have words like hydrating or luminous dewy finish
❤ Some foundations will say on it what kind of skin it's for. For example, the Revlon Color Stay foundations have different skin type. So there is Combo/Oily Skin or Normal/Dry Skin
Now let's talk about the kind of powders you would use for your skin type.
❤ For dry skin, powder foundations might cling on to dry patches. So if you're wearing it alone or over foundation, use it very sparingly and only in your T zone (forehead, nose and chin)
❤ If you have more oily skin, a powder might just be your life saver to keep you matte and shine-free all day. So don't over do it on the powder because you don't want to be cake face. But definitely dust some all over your face and more in areas where you get really oily. It might also be good to have a powder with you all day to touch up.
Finding the Right Shade
Next is to find the right color. You should already know in what range of colors you fall in. Light, medium or dark. Now in stores like Sephora, MAC and Ulta you can get samples of foundations or they can actually help match the right color for your skin. But right now we'll just talk about buying it in a regular drugstore, and this can be tricky.
You can be one of those people that actually open the bottle in the store and try it, but I really don't suggest that because it's not sanitary and kind of rude. So take a look at all the colors and look at all the colors in their bottles. Or if you have a face product already that you know matches you, bring that with you to the store to compare. Find 2-3 shades that seem the most possible. Now find a mirrior in the store and if you're with someone try to get there opinion. Hold the bottles up to your face and try to figure out which color would be best for you. If you really are not sure, buy two shades. Worst come to worst one of them will kind of match and you can make it work. And the other shade you can use it in the winter if you're more pale or in the summer if it's too dark. But also check that drugstores return policy and see if you can return the product even after you brought it home and opened it.
What this helpful? What was your experience with finding the right foundation?