Beauty Basics: Choosing the Right Foundation

Makeup - Choosing the right foundationFoundation is one of the most useful things in your makeup kit. It can hide imperfections, camouflage blemishes, brighten skin tone, and bring out the best in your complexion. However, it’s also the easiest product to go wrong with. Here are a few tips on choosing the right foundation for your skin.

The two things to keep in mind while choosing a foundation are skin type and skin tone. Selecting a product that complements your skin type helps address concerns such as oiliness, shine, dry skin, patchiness, and wrinkles. Selecting one that matches your skin tone ensures you avoid the common mistake of wearing foundation that is too dark or too light for your skin. Choosing a shade that’s too light can also make your skin look dull and grey. The right shade is one that blends well with your skin tone and gives you a flawless, luminous finish.

Foundation comes in five broad types – liquid, cream, powder, mineral, and tinted moisturiser.

Liquid foundation is the most common, provides medium coverage, and is well suited for all skin types. It’s the most ideal for dry or mature skin, since it also provides moisture to the skin.

Cream foundation provides heavier coverage than the other variants. While this type of foundation works well for dry to normal skin, most cream variants are not the best choice for those with oily skin.

Powder foundation is a great option for people with oily skin, since the powder absorbs excess oil while simultaneously covering imperfections and evening out the skin tone. However, it’s not well suited for those with dry skin.

Mineral foundation works well with all skin types, and is especially great for those with sensitive skin. Mineral foundation moisturises the skin, evens out skin tone, absorbs excess oil, provides medium coverage and also blends in really well, giving you a natural finish.

Tinted moisturisers are another great option if you’re a fan of the natural look. These products give you light coverage, keep skin hydrated, and are a great option for daily-wear.

Picking the right shade, can be a trickier task. To decide what colour to use, pick the one that you think best matches your skin tone, and also take the ones that are a shade darker, and a shade lighter than what you think is the best match. Apply a dab of each of these along your jawline. The one that is invisible in natural light is the one that you should use.

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