The right foundation can make or break any makeup look, here’s a guide to help you find the best foundation for your skin type.
What’s the Best Foundation for You? These 5 Steps Will Help You
Step 1: Determine Your Skin Type
It may sound cliché, but the first step in choosing the best foundation for you is to know your skin type. Ask yourself a couple of questions before you head over to the store to shop for a foundation. How do you describe your skin? Is it dry, oily, or normal? Are you prone to acne, or is your skin highly sensitive? The answer to these questions will help you find your perfect match faster.
Tips for Choosing Foundation According to Skin Type
- Dry Skin – go for a light coverage with a hydrating formula. A moisturizing liquid foundation may be among the best foundations for dry skin. Tinted moisturizers are also an option for dry skin.
- Oily Skin – a matte-finish liquid foundation does a great job of hiding excess shine and is perhaps the best foundation for oily skin. Find one that gives you medium to full coverage.
- Combination Skin – if you have this skin type, you can choose to either go matte or dewy. Use an applicator on the oily areas (often the T-zone) so there is less risk of clogging the pores.
- Sensitive Skin – a mineral foundation may be the best bet to keep your skin from acting up. Stay with foundations with minimal chemical content.
- Aging Skin – a light coverage liquid foundation may be a good choice here as heavy products can settle into wrinkles and fine lines. Go for a light coverage to give you a younger-looking glow.
Step 2: Figure Out What You Want Your Foundation to Achieve
What exactly do you look for in a foundation? Do you want to have full coverage and have your foundation conceal skin imperfections? Are your pores large and you’d rather hide them? Do you want a dewy or a matte look? What’s the staying power you prefer?
It seems like a lot to answer but with the variety of brands and foundation types out there, these questions will help you shortlist your options. Some liquid foundations can give you either a matte or dewy look. Some powder types can hide your pores but not last long on oily skin. Determine your priorities and choose accordingly.
Step 3: Choose Your Shades
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Not only do foundations come in a lot of types, but they also come in a lot of shades. This is a good thing because you’ll definitely want to get a color that’s right for you. Choosing the right shade can be tricky, but there are a few tips that can help you find your right match and make sure it looks natural on your skin.
Consider consulting a beauty expert or a makeup artist to help you find the best daily wear foundation for you. If you’re already in the store and checking out your options, make sure to test it in the correct spot. Swipe a sample into your jawline to take into consideration the color of your neck. The perfect shade will disappear into your skin.
Make sure to also check with the right lighting. If you can step out of the store, check the color in the sunlight. If you can’t step out, at least check it in good lighting that mimics natural or office light.
Step 4: Put it to the Test
Testing it out in the store isn’t always going to determine if you’ll have the perfect relationship with your new-found foundation. Take it on a trial run for at least a week and see how it goes. If it doesn’t work out, you can always move on and try again. Some drugstores allow a refund even if the makeup has been opened.
Step 5: Select the Correct Applicator
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There are several ways to apply foundation. You can use different types of brushes for both liquid and powder foundation. You can also use a beauty blender or even just your finger. It all depends on the kind of look you want to achieve. Make sure to always keep your applicators clean or wash your hands if you’re using your fingers before you put on your makeup to avoid acne or other skin infections.
For more tips on how to choose the best foundation for your skin type, check out this video from Beauty Within:
There are a lot of variations for foundations, and there is no single foundation that suits everyone. The right formula will depend on your skin type and color. Unfortunately, you do have to do a bit of experimenting here to find the perfect foundation for you. But once you do, the efforts will be worth it. Now don’t forget to consider the color you will get in your tanning sessions. If you go darker or lighter, that also means changing your foundation. Make sure you always have your perfect match!
What is the best foundation for you right now? Are you still looking? Let us know in the comments section!