How To Find The Perfect Foundation For Your Skin Type

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.

Step One

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.

Powders

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

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Bare Minerals Mineral Veil Foundation

MAC studio fix foundation

MAC studio fix foundation

Estee Lauder Double Wear Powder Foundation

Estee Lauder Double Wear Powder Foundation

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:

Dior skin BB Cream

Dior skin BB Cream

Rimmel BB Cream

Rimmel BB Cream

Garnier Vogue BB Cream

Garnier Vogue BB Cream

Liquid Foundation

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.

Giorgio Armani Vogue Foundation

Giorgio Armani Vogue Foundation

Bobbi Brown Vogue Foundation

Bobbi Brown Vogue Foundation

Estee Lauder Double Wear

Estee Lauder Double Wear

Tinted Moisturizer

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.

Too Faced Beauty Balm

Too Faced Beauty Balm

Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer

Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer

 

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizier

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted moisturizer

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.

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4 Simple And Easy Ways To Improve Your Current Skincare Routine

Hello My Beauties:

Today I found an article on Mama Mia’s website about easy ways to overhaul your skincare routine. With everyone wanting to fight aging and the wrinkles that come with, it is very important to find a skincare routine that works!! I personally use my Neutrogena Microderm Brush at least two times a week. It works sort of like the Spin brush everyone is talking about. But here are some other ways that Nicky Champ suggests we step up our skincare game:

Whether you’ve never had a solid beauty routine and want to start, or you think it might just be time you did something about those pesky fine lines and wrinkles, it’s hard to know where to begin. The good news is it’s actually pretty easy to learn how to take good care of your skin.

1. Make antioxidants your new friend.

Antioxidants are more than just the stuff you find in fruits and vegetables. They’re the secret weapon that help ward off the skin-aging free radicals you’re exposed to every day.

So make sure you’re getting as much as possible by upping your antioxidant intake in both food and skin products.

beauty routine for 20sThe powerful Super Anti-Oxidant Complex in cucumber-fresh Day Wear moisturizer helps reduce the first signs of aging like fine lines, and also addresses dullness, dryness, and dehydration issues.

And when applying an antioxidant rich moisturizer, don’t just stop at your jawline – take it down to your neck and décolletage.

2. Start using an SPF – ASAP.

You’ve heard it before, but I’m going to say it again. Sunscreen is the NUMBER ONE ANTI-AGING PRODUCT YOU CAN PUT ON YOUR FACE.  Apply it every day, reapply it often and you’ll have people mistaking you for 27 when you’re 35.

Multi-tasking Day Wear is not just full of antioxidants, it packs SPF15 too, so you’re covered for the day.

3. Amp up your night game.

As late nights, work stress and family life take their toll, beauty sleep is key.

But it’s not just about the hours you get on the pillow – night is when your body turns back the clock on the day’s free radical damage. A solid night time skin care regimen will help you wake up looking fresh and rested come morning.

Stock up on the best night cream you can afford. Night Wear Detox Creme helps deeply hydrate and detox the skin from your daily grind — whether it’s office or the sandpit.

And if you’ve been avoiding serums because the idea of them confuses you, don’t be intimidated. With potent ingredients for targeted skin concerns, bedtime can be the best time to apply them. Look for one formulated especially for night like Advanced Night Repair.

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“Stock up on the best night cream you can afford. Estée Lauder’s NightWear Detox Creme helps deeply hydrate and detox the skin from your daily grind—whether it’s office or the sandpit.”

4. Start using face masks again.

The best time to do a mask is before bed. Apply your mask after cleansing, and continue the product down the décolletage. Follow with your serum then night cream.

If you are in need of an extra boost of detoxification, a clay mask like Estée Lauder’s 3-minute NightWear Detox Mask is ideal to gently eliminate toxins and impurities.

beauty routine for 20sSimple, right? Of course it is. So just start introducing these four things into your skin care regime and prepare for the compliments to start rolling on in.

How do you take care of your skin?

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