Hello My Beauties:
Today I would like to talk about the F-word: “FOUNDATION” We have an overflow of choices with fancy names it’s no wonder we spend hours in the beauty aisle staring at the bottles as if one of them is going to jump off the shelves and into our hands with the perfect color match. Since it’s not that easy, I thought I would take some time and break down what I know about foundations and how to pick that perfect shade.
The most important of all steps is choosing a color that suits your skin. If you are trying to make your makeup look more natural like untouched skin then the last thing you will want is to have your face darker than the rest of your body. This will be a dead giveaway and will be very hard to blend it out to match your skin tone. The lighter you start, the better you will be because you can always work your way up. It’s kind of like a haircut, it’s better to cut off not enough than to cut off too much.
The back of your hand is the closest in color to your face so do a spot test and see how it matches up. The inside wrist is not the best place to test foundation as some may think because it is much lighter than your actual skin color. Another good place to swatch test is your jaw area or neck. If the color melts into your skin and fades away then you’ve just found the perfect match.
Once you’ve got the art of color matching down it’s now time to find that perfect foundation that is best for you. Now come with me to foundation academy where we will explore the different foundations out there, how they work, and which skin type it’s best suited for: These are only a few of my suggested products…the list is too long to post in one article so I tried to narrow it down to cover a range of price points.
Powder foundation is perfect for everyday wear because it’s easy and quick to apply and its very lightweight so it won’t leave any harsh lines. Now if you’re looking for full coverage from your powder then opt for ones that will hide pores and give you that smooth finish. The good thing with powder foundation is that it works great for oily or combination skin as the powder absorbs excess oils. You will want to use a kabuki brush to apply powders because they should be buffed into the skin. Some good choices are
BB and CC Creams
These all-in-one creams are designed to be lighter than most foundations, but heavier than a tinted moisturizer. BB Creams are supposed to create a smooth even skin tone while adding moisture and protecting the skin from the suns rays. BB stands for blemish balm so the premise behind the foundation is to include anti-aging properties that will make the skin look youthful and dewy all day. Using the BB creams will give you a twofer: the beauty of a natural finish that covers uneven skin tone while healing the skin.
CC (Color Correcting) creams offer many of the same benefits as BB creams; light coverage, SPF and skin care. They’re packed with a huge dose of ingredients that will help minimize dark spots, and its light-diffusing particles will aid in hiding any redness or discoloration in the skin:
To get flawless skin with a fuller coverage, you will need to use a liquid foundation. There is something for every skin type, with dewy or matte finishes to complement your complexion. If you have oiler skin then you should opt for a matte foundation and maybe set it with a powder to further reduce the shine factor.
As an everyday go to the tinted foundation will be your pick. It’s an easy and affordable alternative to the liquid foundations and will give your skin that sun-kissed dewy finish. Keep in mind though that tinted moisturizers don’t provide much coverage so it’s not a good choice for those who do not have already a naturally clear complexion without makeup. The job of the tinted moisturizer is just to even out the skin tone.
What is your go to foundation these days? Drop me a line in the comments and don’t forget follow me on Instagram by clicking the link below.