July 18, 2018

What is The Best Makeup Foundation For Me?

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When you’re looking for the best makeup foundation for your skin, find one that looks natural, contributes to the health of your skin, and matches your skin tone perfectly. It’s also important to make sure you’re applying the correct amount in the right way. Finding the perfect makeup foundation for your skin is like finding a unicorn! Some foundations feel too dark, too light, too thick, too shiny, and everything else in between! It may take some experimentation, but you can find the right foundation for your skin. Consider whether you have dry skin, oily skin or even a combination of both on your face. Think about your general skin tone as well as the undertone of your skin. Finding the perfect foundation for your face should look clean, natural, and flattering. We’ll break down some pointers for you to make finding the right makeup foundation easier!

Match Your Skin Type

Most people have skin types that fall into four different categories: normal, dry, oily, and combination skin. Make sure your foundation complements your skin type. You need to find the right foundation that looks good regardless of your skin type and takes care of your skin at the same time.

Normal Skin

If you have normal skin, you’re one of the lucky ones! You can choose almost any kind of foundation you like, but with normal skin we recommend picking something that’s a little simpler and can let the natural beauty of your skin shine through. You could even choose a tinted moisturizer that has pigment to even out your skin tone without being too noticeable. Just choose what looks best for you and keeps your skin nice and healthy!

Dry Skin

Choosing a foundation is pretty easy when you have dry skin, just aim for something that helps to keep your skin hydrated when it’s applied! Go for products with anti-aging properties and moisturizing ingredients, such as glycerin or coconut-derived elements. Look for foundations that are in liquid, stick, or hydrating powder forms. They generally work best because of the creamy consistency!

Oily/Combination Skin

Dealing with oily skin means you want something that cuts down the oils and reduces your natural sheen without threatening to clog your pores and create blemishes. Make sure your foundation is oil-free or a powder foundation that is formulated to absorb oils to leave your skin matte and smooth. Mineral makeup can also work well because the dry particles can absorb moisture. If you deal with frequent breakouts, it’s recommended that you also look for a foundation that is formulated specifically to dry up the oil-producing glands using salicylic acid. Make sure to use your foundation in moderation to avoid clogging pores!
Combination skin is a little bit trickier because it means that you have parts of your face that are oilier and parts that are dryer. Using a foundation formulated for oily skin is still recommended, but you should take extra care to keep your dry zones extra moisturized. Moisturizing your face should be a part of your skincare routine if you have combination skin anyways!

Match Your Skin Tone

Once you have a foundation selected based on your type of skin, it’s time to match the foundation to your skin tone. There is a whole science to picking a foundation perfect for you, so here are some tips for narrowing down your options:

  • What liquid foundation looks like dry. Many foundations can oxidize when they dry, which can change the way they look after you’ve been wearing it for a while.
  • Prep your skin beforehand. Make sure you’ve exfoliated all of the dead skin and moisturized before applying your foundation.
  • Use only where necessary. Many people use too much foundation, so if you lay it on too thick or put it in places where you don’t need it your look won’t be as natural and smooth.
  • Test drive your colors! Many stores that sell makeup can consult and allow you to try on different shades of makeup to find what’s right for you. It’s the safest way to know what works for you before you buy.
  • Use a natural light source when determining your skin tone. Artificial light may not show your color accurately!
  • Find your undertone to match more accurately. If you have blue or hazel eyes or the veins in your wrist show more blue or purple, your undertone is probably cooler. If you have honey brown eyes or the veins in your wrist show more green, your undertone is probably warmer. Find a foundation that matches your undertone to not appear unnaturally bright or dark!

Finding the right shade for yourself can be a process, so don’t be afraid to try out many kinds of foundations and ask questions to find the right kind for you!

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