Sunday, January 4, 2009

Choosing a Foundation

Foundation is the most important part of your make-up kit. This is what makes your skin look flawless and natural. If you have imperfections, blemishes, and uneven skin tones, you don't want to skip this investment. Also, try not to go too cheap with it either. The more expensive ones usually contain higher quality of pigments, which cause the foundation to last longer and appear more flattering. In my opinion, I would spend the most of my money on foundation and powder and use the piggy bank for eye shadows, etc.

Foundations come in different forms. Be sure to choose what is right for your skin.

  • Stick - creme foundation and concealer in one. Good option for those who want more coverage. Best for normal to dry skin.
  • Liquid - Suited for all skin types, as it may be found in oil-free, oil-absorbing, and moisturizing formulas, and it can be given in sheer to medium coverage. Usually gives less coverage than a creme foundation.
  • Creme - Formulated for dry-to normal complexions. Offers the highest coverage. Can also be used as concealor
  • Mousse - Actually a creme foundation that is whipped. Fabulous on mature skin because it does not collect fine lines. This product tends to sink into the skin rather than sit on top.
  • Tinted moisturizer - Moisturizer with added color. Perfect for summer months.
  • Creme-to-powder - This product is kinder to oily skin.
  • Powder compact - Sheer to medium coverage. Perfect for younger girls because it is low in oils and does not clog pores. I perfer Mac Studio Fix.
  • Pigmented mineral powder - Loose powder that provides medium to full coverage.

Foundation is usually the most difficult to choose, so if possible, don't do it alone. Start by selecting three shades that are close to your complexion. To pick the right color, it is best to test on your jawline (since this is the truest color to the rest of your face). I know we are tempted in the store to test on our wrists and the back of our hands, but you want to match your face ;).

See which color best blends in to your face.....this is best tested in daylight. Be sure the color isn't too red or yellow for your complexion.

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