You might be thinking that colour and skin tone are the most important factors when choosing the right foundation for your face. Whilst these are important, there’s actually something else that you probably haven’t even considered. Yet it’s an essential element to finding the perfect foundation for you. And it’s what will give you that beautiful, natural, flawless look you’re after. So what is it? Let’s find out. And I’ll also show you how to choose the right foundation for you. It’s actually so much easier than you think.
Foundation is an essential element in creating a beautiful, natural look. And the right foundation is going to create a gorgeous canvas for your entire makeup look. Whilst concealer is also an essential element to creating a flawless look, they actually both have totally different functions. You can find out the difference between foundation and concealer in this post. It’s important to know this, as this will make a big difference in the type of look you achieve.
When it comes to choosing the right foundation, I totally understand how overwhelming it can seem. There are SO many types of foundation available. Even I can get confused sometimes! However, there are 3 simple steps you can follow when choosing the right foundation for you. And if you follow this simple system, it will not only make things so much easier, it will also ensure you’ll find the right foundation that suits you perfectly.
Step 1 is THE most important step and is NOT to be skipped. If you skip this step, you’re not going to get the flawless finish you’re looking for. And this is the step we’re going to concentrate on today.
DETERMINE YOUR SKIN TYPE
Before you even begin to choose a foundation, you need to first consider one very important thing. And that’s your skin type. This is fundamental in choosing the right foundation for your face. And it’s going to make or break how it’s going to look on your skin.
In fact, this is the number one mistake people make when choosing a foundation. For example, if you have dry skin but are using a foundation that’s best suited to oily skin, it’s going to not only make your face look grey and dull. It’s also going to make you look older, as this type of foundation will settle in fine lines and wrinkles and will emphasise any dry patches on your skin even further.
How To Determine Your Skin Type
If you’re unsure as to what your skin type is, make sure to first read my Skincare Basics Guide. And even if you already know your skin type, I still recommend you read the guide. It contains skincare tips for every skin type so that you can ensure your skin is always in tip-top condition. Remember, a good makeup routine is only as good as your skincare routine.
Choosing The Right Foundation For Your Skin Type
You’ve now determined your skin type. Great. So the next step is to look at the foundation types themselves. Now I realise it may seem like there are a million and one types of foundation out there. But in reality, all foundations have either a powder, liquid or cream texture to them. And the type of texture you choose is determined by your skin type. Now, do you see why I told you your skin type is so important? Let’s take a look at each texture now and how to choose the right foundation texture for your skin type.
This is often referred to as mineral foundation. Powder foundation comes in two forms, loose and pressed. Which one you choose really comes down to personal preference. Loose powder can get a little messy. So if you’d like something a bit more compact or if you travel a lot, a pressed powder might be a better option for you. I personally feel that loose powder is a little more buildable than a pressed powder as it gives more of a light to medium finish. Whereas pressed powder gives a bit more of a medium finish. But like I said, you can decide on that for yourself.
Coverage: Medium to full
Best for: Oily skin types
Not suitable for: Dry skin or mature skin.
HOW TO APPLY IT
Powder foundation is the easiest type of foundation to apply. However, you will need a powder makeup brush to apply it. If you’re using a loose powder foundation, pour a little bit of the foundation into the lid. Now take your brush and pick up the product by swirling your brush around the lid until all the product is in the brush. You’ll know it is as there’ll be no product left in the lid. Now begin to apply the product by buffing it onto your skin in a gentle, circular motion.
If you’re using pressed powder, just gently press your brush into your palette to pick up some of the product. Be careful not to pick up too much product. Start off with just a small amount. You can always add more product if you feel you need a bit more coverage. Buff the foundation into your face in the same way you would a loose powder foundation.
Best for: Most skin types
HOW TO APPLY IT
You can literally just use your fingers if you like. However, make sure your hands are completely clean before you apply your foundation with your fingers. I recommend washing your hands first, then apply your foundation.
My favourite method of applying liquid foundation is to use a foundation brush. Take a small amount of foundation and dot it on your face. Now take a foundation brush and buff the foundation into your skin in a gentle, circular motion. Buff it into your skin in clockwise and anti-clockwise directions. That way, you’ll avoid your foundation looking streaky and this will give a much softer, natural look to your skin.
Coverage: Full coverage
Best for: Normal to Dry skin types
Not suitable for: Oily skin types
HOW TO APPLY IT
Cream foundation is best applied with your fingers, as they help to warm up and soften the product. You could also use a makeup sponge to blend the foundation. However, make sure to dampen the sponge first. If you use a dry makeup sponge, it’s going to just soak up the product and waste it. By dampening the sponge first, it’ll help to blend the cream foundation better which will ensure a softer, more natural looking finish to the skin.
These come in a liquid form and can also be used to even out your skin tone. There are also CC creams, DD creams and even EE creams. However, I’ll talk about these in more detail in a future post. And I’ll also explain what the difference between each one is and how to know which one is right for you.
Now I’ve got a little challenge for you. I want you to first determine your skin type. Then I want you to go and check your makeup bag and take a look at the texture of foundation you’re using. In other words, is it a powder, liquid or cream foundation. And then I want you to tell me the answers to both questions in the comments below.
Or perhaps you avoid wearing foundation altogether. If so, I’d love to hear from you too. So make sure to comment below too and tell me why you don’t wear foundation. And as ever, if you need help with anything I’ve talked about today, I’d love to hear from you. You can contact me here or send me an email at email@example.com. xo