Ages back, the only foundation I knew of was the one buildings are built on. Older, wiser, and many beauty blog follows later, I would say the one we put on our face is just as important. A foundation (the makeup kind) is the one product which when applied properly can take a face from dull and splotchy to healthy and flawless in no time. Despite being an essential basic makeup product, foundation is also the most difficult to get right. I have gone through quite a lot of tubes and compacts myself, and every year I manage to find a new "the perfect foundation for me." I learn a little with every new purchase, and here are some things all of us need to know about foundations:
Types of foundationsStick, compact, mousse, cream - foundations come in a variety of formulations, and it's definitely not a one-size fits all product.
- Compact foundations: These generally combine foundation and powder in one easy to apply product - so a better choice for the 5-minute makeup.
- Liquid foundations: On my skin at least, liquid foundations give the best finish and coverage. I feel like the liquid consistency helps them adapt to uneven skin better.
- Mineral powder foundations: These seem to give the least bit of coverage, but are great for anyone who is not comfortable with more makeup or is just looking for something more than a powder.
Picking Foundations Based on Skin Type
- Mature and/or dry skin - creamy foundations that are rich in antioxidants/anti-ageing ingredients, vitamin E, etc., to help keep the skin moisturized.
- Oily skin - Foundations with mattifying ingredients.
- Sensitive skin - Look through the ingredients lists for any known irritants, like silicones for instance.
- Normal skin types - These lucky people can use anything and get away with it. Let's just ignore them.
Things to keep in mind while shopping for Foundation
- Test the foundation shade on your cheek, along your jawline - not on your wrist or arm. One good method to decide on the shade is to pick the 3 shades that you think closely match your skin, and draw stripes side by side with each of the shades. The shade that disappears into your skin is the one that you need to get.
- Always check the shade in daylight, never in store lighting.
- Even if you do find the perfect shade, don't buy it right away. Apply the foundation and wait at least 30 minutes to check for any oxidation or change in color before deciding on the shade. I personally prefer to get samples to try out for myself.
- Also, I try to go to the counter with just my moisturizer on if possible, so I know exactly how the foundation looks on my skin without any other product interfering with it. I know you can wipe off whatever makeup you are wearing before trying it on, but I like to know how the foundation reacts with the moisturizer I use rather than what is available at the counter.
That was my checklist for getting the right foundation. Do you have anything similar that you follow when you go makeup shopping?
Max Factor Miracle Touch Liquid Illusion Foundation
Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation
Chanel Mat Lumiere Powder Makeup - SPF 10