Friday, April 1, 2011

How to choose the right foundation?

Finding the right foundation can be tricky. There are so many out there, to find the right one there are a few things you need to consider:

1.What is your skin type? If you have oily skin then look for a oil free or mattifying foundation. If you have dry skin choose a hydrating or moisture rich foundation  If you have combination skin decide if you're more oily or dry and then choose the appropriate foundation or you can try a cream to powder foundation if you can't decide. Mineral foundations work well on all skin types, especially sensitive skin.

2. Do you want a light, medium or full coverage? If you have good skin then a light coverage would be fine. If you have uneven skin tone or blemishes, consider a medium coverage foundation. If you want full coverage then a full coverage foundation will be the obvious choice.

3. Test it out. When buying foundation it is best to try the tester on a clean face. You can moisturise but don't show up wearing foundation already as this won't help when trying to test a new foundation.

4. Choosing the right colour. Try a few shades that you think are close to your natural skin tone. Usually yellow based foundations look most natural on all skin tones. If you're very fair, try a pink based shade. The best was to test a foundation is to apply a stoke of it on your cheek or jawline and see which one blends in with your skin the best. Don't test on the back of your hand as your skin on your hand is different to your face.

5. Lighting. Depending on the lighting you foundation may look darker or lighter. Its always best to try and look at your foundation in natural light. Obviously when you are buying your foundation in the shop there is no natural lighting, but try and not stand right under the bright lights as this can make your foundation look different. Try and walk around a little in the shop to see what it looks like from all angles and lighting.

If you can avoid wearing foundation on some days, thats great as it is good for your skin to be left clean and moisturised only. If you feel like liquid foundations are not right for you, you may want to try mineral foundation which is good for all skin types or tinted moisturisers which are a moisturiser with some foundation in it.

I will be doing some reviews on a few foundation I have tried lately - so stay tuned for that!

What is your favourite foundation at the moment?


Shinigami_U said...

Great post thanks for the info.
So far I only bought 3 liquid foundations.
1st time - Sephora 2 years ago, it was liquid but it transformed into powder :/ and the colour was to light for me (even though I asked for help when buying, the woman wasn't realy worried in giving me the right tone, she just wanted to sell it -_-)
2nd - Olay Tainted moisturiser, it gives a bit of coverage, but it still looks natural, which is good.
And recently I bought Max Factor news foundation Xperience, so far so good, it really makes a difrence on my face HAHA.

Nav said...

Hey Dannii, excellent ideas!

I wear mineral foundation and dont wear liquid. I wore it once many years ago for high school grad pics and didnt like it.


Vintage Makeup said...

Fantastic tips

Renee said...

This is a very helpful post! I've learned a few things about foundation just from using it, but I figured most of it out through trial and error. This article is easy to understand and explains everything so well. I learned a few things :) Thanks!

I also appreciate you commenting on my blog! Have a great day :)

yellowsocks94 said...

buying foundation is the worst thing EVER haha
this is really helpful :) thanks!

Marusya V said...

Great and really useful post! Also it is def worth to try a foundation before you buy it. I normally have such 'tests' done via Myer or DJs:) then walk around and check how it looks under different lightning and whether it stays on well.
By the way, recently I did a review on various foundations have a look - . Would love to hear your opinion!
Marusya V
p.s. thanks for visiting my blog:) following you back!

Christina said...

Such a great post; so very informative. My faves right now are Youngblood's Loose Mineral Foundation or Maybelline's Dream Mousse Liquid. They are both amazing


Iced-Tea-Doll said...

Thats so good, thank you so much, and its really good timing as i am buying new foundation any day now....

I love boujour foundation with loads of fruit extract in it :) it helps tone the sin and its pump is really no mess, for me that is totally the most important thing!

DanniiBeauty said...

@Iced-Tea-Doll - I have heard the Bourjois foundation is great, will have to try that next...thanks for stopping by!

Makeup and Macaroons said...

Great tips Dannii! I'm hopeless at choosing the right foundation colour for me so I always end up getting a few and then mixing my own shade.

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