What is a Foundation?
It is a type of cosmetic applied on the face to even out color to the complexion. It is often used to lighten up the skin; cover flaws, such as scars or wrinkles; or used as a moisturizer, depending on its ingredients.
Most of the time, women use it as a foundation for their makeup. This means it has to be the correct shade or color combination can be a difficult balancing act. It can also mean that your face may be lighter or darker than your neck and the rest of you.
Most of the time, women, especially those that have a darker complexion, find it hard to choose the perfect foundation that will match their skin tone. Once they choose the wrong foundation, they will have a hard time using the correct makeup powder or eye shadow to apply on their face.
This is why it is very important to choose the perfect foundation for your skin tone. How do you do this exactly?
Determine Your Skin Type
Do you have dry, oily, or normal skin? There is a foundation for each type which underlines the importance of knowing what kind of skin you have.
Failure to do this is one of the common reasons you’re foundation is all wrong for you.
If you have oily skin, choose a foundation that provides coverage without running once your sebum overproduces oil. If you have dry skin, the product you buy must be moisture-packed or has the ability to keep your skin hydrated or infused with hydration for a long period.
To determine your skin type, follow these tips below:
- Wash your face thoroughly and leave it bare.
- Do not apply anything on your face after washing.
- Check your face after 30 minutes.
- If your cheeks, nose, forehead becomes oily, then you have an oily skin.
- If you can see that your face looks cracked or dry, then you have a dry skin.
- If your skin remains the same after washing, then you have a normal skin type.
The best type of foundation for people with dry skin is a hydrating foundation that is liquid in form as it will moisturize the skin when applied.
For people with oily skin, it is best to choose a powder foundation or a liquid foundation that does not have oil.
Now that you know how to determine your skin type, the next thing you need to do is to choose the perfect shade. Here are 5 tips that can help you find the perfect foundation shade:
- Check the intensity of your skin tone.
- Identify your undertone.
- Ask for help.
- Test out your chosen foundation in natural light.
- Use it for two weeks and see the results.
It can be light, light-medium, medium-deep, deep, or very deep. If you are not quite sure about the intensity of your skin tone, you might want to compare your skin to your friends or refer from online guides.
Allure offers a handy skin tone chart to help you determine your type of skin tone and whether it has cool or warm undertones.
Knowing the intensity of your skin tone will help you choose between a light and heavy foundation.
One way to identify your skin tone is by looking at the veins on your wrist. Do they look green? Then, you have a warm undertone. If it is bluish, then you have a cool undertone. If it is a combination of both, then you have a neutral undertone.
Cosmetic boutiques usually have attendants that can help you find the perfect shade of foundation. They will most likely provide you a set of foundation and let you try each of them. Don’t hesitate to ask questions as they are likely to be able to help you out.
Overhead lightings do not really show the true shadows of your foundation. One way to find out if you have chosen the perfect product is to check your color under natural light.
If you are really unsure about what foundation to chose, you can ask cosmetics attendants to provide you with a foundation that you can used for a trial period.
If the foundation looks perfectly well on your face for two weeks, then you know it is the perfect item for you. If not, try something else.
Trial and error is not the only way to go when choosing a foundation. Seek professional help to avoid mistakes.