Liquid, cream, powder...there are all kinds of foundations in many different shades available. Do you feel at a loss as to which kind is suitable for you and which color is the right one? We are going to give you some basic guidelines. Once you know the fundamental rules, It is actually quite straightforward when it comes to picking the right one.
First thing to know is: foundation isn't to add color to the skin. It is to give you an even, flawless complexion, an ideal base to work with.
Checking the Undertone- This is different than your complexion and to understand which one you have, take a look at your veins at the wrist.
- Veins having bluish or purplish shades indicate cool undertone.
- Veins that have yellowish, golden or pink shades conform to warm undertone. Sometimes green and olive veins are also considered as warm.
- If your veins have a mixture of warm and cool undertones instead of any particular shade, then you have a neutral undertone.
All shades of the foundation have these three separate undertones as well. Choose the one that matches with your undertone.
How to Choose Foundations According to Your Skin Type
- Normal Skin. Use any foundation - half coverage, medium coverage or full coverage. Your skin is one of a kind. Both luminous and matte foundations are for you.
- Dry Skin. A hydrating foundation with a light coverage and luminous finish suits your skin, giving it a glowing look. To make the foundation stay for a long time, gently pat and press the makeup base on your skin.
- Oily Skin. You could use foundations with a medium to full coverage with a matte finish that will make your skin look less oily. Using it with a brush or sponge is a must as you don’t want the oil of your fingers on your face.
- Aging Skin. Light coverage foundations with luminous finish do not accentuate wrinkles and fine lines so they are the best for a wrinkled face.
- Acne-Skin. Medium to full coverage foundations applied through a brush or sponge in a speckled motion conceals the acne prone skin to a mentionable extent.
The kind of coverage and the finish that you want are ultimately what will make or break the deal. Are you wanting a full, medium, or light coverage? And how do you want the finish to be: dewy, matte, or semi-matte?