Choosing the right foundation – Part 2

Hello lovelies!

In my previous post, I wrote about how to choose the right kind of foundation formula for your skin type. This time I’d like to write about what actually goes on when buying your foundation.

Now that you have made up your mind as to which medium you would like to get, which brand, etc, its time for the fun but tricky part. And that is choosing the right shade for your skin. Always test your product. If the counter or store does not allow you to test, then move along. Get it from another location. Most makeup counters allow testing, especially if you’re getting the product from the store or from the brand counter itself. Look for the staff to assist you if you’re unsure. Most stores have well-trained staff with makeup background. But if they seem hesitant or unsure, then respectfully request for someone else to help you out.

The best spot to test the product would be along your jawline (Not at the back of your hand) so it’s best to get your foundation when you have no makeup on your skin. Your jawline is usually a shade lighter than your face and if the shade is right, then it will simply blend into your skin. If you have uneven skin tone like me, apply the product along you jawline and down to your neck or collarbone. The shade that blends from top to bottom would be the right one. Most brand nowadays have multiple shades with numerous undertones, not just the typical Light, Medium, Dark, so it should be pretty easy for you to find your match. But if you do have doubts, always go a shade darker. If you go dark, then at least you’d look tan. If you get a shade thats lighter, you’d end up looking chalky and too made up. Alternatively, you can always get two shades and mix them together. If you’re getting a liquid foundation that would need a powder to set it, the powder would have to be lighter than the foundation. Don’t worry if its 2 or 3 shades lighter because once it oxides, it will blend together.

When testing out the shades, make sure that lighting is good and that the area is not too bright or too dark. White light would look too harsh and cast a blue hue while yellow light would alter the shades. The best would be natural light. Take a step outdoors if you have to.

So there you go, easy steps on choosing your foundation.

Until then, enjoy your purchase!

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Choosing the right foundation – Part 1

Hello again!

In my previous post, I talked about what to have in your makeup kit, and if you remember, the first thing on the list was Foundation.

What exactly is a Foundation?
As the name states, the foundation is used as a based, before all the other stuff goes on your face (but after your moisturizer). The most common mistake that a lot of people make is that they use the foundation to cover up blemishes and breakouts. So they end up piling the product onto their face, all over their face, making their skin look cakey. Not a good thing to have if you’re wearing make up on a daily basis. It also encourages clogged pores and if you have acne, it would just make things worse.

If your skin is anything like mine, then you would know what its like to have uneven skin tone. The foundation can help you solve that problem. But with so many different types of foundation on the market, how do you choose?

Start off by identifying your type of skin. (You can read about it here.) Once you have identify what type of skin you have, then its all down to science…and some common sense.

Liquid
Best for those with normal or dry skin. Liquid foundations helps create a layer of protection to help lock in the moisture. It has medium to high coverage depending on the brand of the product and it’s also lightweight making it suitable for daily wear. Look for those that contains silicon as it helps to make the skin look smooth. Avoid those that contains mineral oil or petroleum as they tend to clog up pores.

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation $74

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation $74

NYX Stay Matte Not Flat Liquid Foundation $10

NYX Stay Matte Not Flat Liquid Foundation $10

Stick / Cream
A more popular medium among makeup artists as it gives really high coverage. Suitable for dry skin and also night time wear. Unfortunately, as stick and creams have heavier base, they tend to emphasize thin lines around the eyes. Because of its high coverage, a stick or cream foundation can also be used as a concealer.

e.l.f Stick Foundation $8

e.l.f Stick Foundation $8

Cover FX Cream Foundation $60

Cover FX Cream Foundation $60

NYX Mineral Stick Foundation $14

NYX Mineral Stick Foundation $14

Powder
Powder foundation comes in two forms – Pressed and Loose. Pressed powders are also known as compact powders as it is often being used to carry around for touch ups and a quick fix. Many low maintenance ladies I know prefer pressed powders because its lightweight and has coverage thats easy to built on. It’s easy to work with and its suitable for oily skin. Loose foundation, on the other hand is the least favorite of all. It can get pretty messy and it hardly gives any coverage at all. But its perfect for those looking to cover up the shine and requires minimal blemishes.

bareMinerals Foundation $40

bareMinerals Foundation $40

Everyday Minerals $9

Everyday Minerals $9

Illamasqua Pressed Powder $56

Illamasqua Pressed Powder $56

Tinted Moisturizers / BB Creams
Now here’s one that I would like to mention, that not many know about or are often overlooked. This is perfect for those with dry skin but prefers the sheer coverage of a powder foundation. They are both pretty similar except for it’s formula. Tinted moisturizers hydrate, provides minimal coverage and sometimes contains sunscreen. As for BB Creams, its an all-in-one product – SPF, light to medium coverage, primer and anti-aging.

NARS Tinted Moisturizer $61

NARS Tinted Moisturizer $61

e.l.f Tinted Moisturizer $9

e.l.f Tinted Moisturizer $9

Urban Decay Naked Skin BB Cream $48

Urban Decay Naked Skin BB Cream $48

So, there you go. I hope this gives you a better idea of all the different types of foundations in the market out there and also help makes it easier to decide which one is best for you.

Until then, take care!