Posted on February 26, 2012

Breaking down the lines of Foundation:

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The base to any great makeup routine is starting with a flawless canvas, since everyone doesn’t have perfect skin some turn to foundation for a little help, but with so many options how do you know where to begin? Cream, stick, liquid, powder which ones should you use? Before you can pick a formula you need to know your skin type. Your skin type will help you decide what to use.

Dry Skin – Liquid, stick, or hydrating powder foundation. Liquids and sticks can both have a creamy consistency think moisturizing formulas.

Oily Skin – Use an oil-free liquid or powder foundation, which usually contain powders that absorb oil, leaving you with a smooth matte finish. Mineral makeup is often a good choice on oily skin, because the dry particles absorb moisture.
                                                          

Combination skin – You can use oil free liquid, cream or apply a powder foundation.

Something else to consider, what type of finish do you want? The finish is the type of sheen (or lack of it) a foundation leaves on your skin. Examples of finish types are semimatte, matte, and luminizing.

• Semi-Matte works on almost everyone and it’s the most natural. To get a nice “dewy” look I like to mist my face with mineral water or Fix + from Mac Cosmetics. (p.s. the mist also helps to set the makeup, so no more rubbing off on the guys shirts after a hug).

• Matte foundations absorb oil, leaving your skin with an even, powdery finish. Look for words like shine-free on the label. If you have dry or mature skin, choose a matte formula enriched with moisturizers.

• If your skin is dull in appearance try a foundation with a luminizing finish, they diffuse the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Okay so now you know your skin type, and what type of finish you need, but how do you pick the color? This can sometimes be the tricky part, make a mistake and you can look sickly with something too light and like you’re wearing a mask with something too dark.  The best place to test foundation is in natural light and on your jawline.

Put a few lines of different color foundations on your jaw, the one that seems to disappear is the correct color for you.

Keep in mind you will probably use a different color in the winter than in the summer and sometimes a different formula. If you have very oily skin sometimes you can go just a bit lighter as with some foundations on oily skin they can get darker over the course of a day. For a lighter feel in the summer you may want to consider a tinted moisturizer instead. There are a ton of great foundations that can be found in your local drugstore or beauty store. Until you know your color I would visit a store that has testers such as Sephora or Ulta. You can also have a beauty consultant at any department store makeup counter help you find your color.

                                    Stay tuned for upcoming posts on how to apply different types of foundations.

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