People often fret when selecting a suitable foundation for their skin, and with good reason! Choosing the wrong foundation can leave you looking like you’re wearing a mask.
Your foundation should be the liquid version of your skin. It shouldn’t make you look any different; it should only enhance the appearance of your skin, making it look more flawless. Although a few factors should be considered when choosing a foundation, it’s pretty straightforward. In this post, we’ll be breaking down the steps you need to take to make sure you don’t ever regret a foundation purchase again.
Picking The Perfect Foundation
The steps to follow are:
- Decide on a coverage level:
If you don’t love the feel of makeup on your skin, then a full-coverage foundation will feel too heavy for you. It is best suited for people with discolouration or acne or who wear makeup for long periods and don’t like midday touch-ups.
If you like your makeup lighter and more natural-looking, definitely go for a light or medium coverage foundation.
2. Consider your skin type:
Most people don’t know this, but it’s crucial to factor in your skin type when picking a foundation. Dewy foundations work best for dry to normal skin, while matte foundations work best for oily to combination skin types. The ElsasPro Dewy Medium Coverage Foundation would be perfect for people with dry skin.
3. Match foundation with your skin tone
People make the common mistake of testing the foundation on their forearms. The forearm is usually a different colour from the face, and sometimes, the foundation would match that skin, but not the one on your face. It’s better to test the shade of the foundation on your face. People have been advised to try out the foundation on their necks, but some have way lighter necks than faces. So play it safe, and test on your jawline. You can wipe it out immediately after. The perfect foundation would blend seamlessly into your skin without leaving a whitish cast or looking darker.
Most of the time, the foundation oxidizes after application. That is to say, it gets darker on your face as time passes. So if you’re in a bind and have to choose between a slightly darker shade or a slightly lighter shade, definitely choose the lighter one. But, I would let you know that that last statement’s ‘slightly’ should not be overlooked.
Don’t forget to test the foundation under good, natural lighting, so you don’t get tricked by the light.
4. Factor in your skin undertones:
After selecting products that match your skin tone, you should try to find one that fits your undertone. You should only fight against your skin’s natural undertone when colour-correcting. If you have a warm complexion, go for a product with warm tones. These products have a yellow undertone and are sometimes distinguished with a ‘W’ in the product names.
Go for a foundation with cool undertones if you have a cool undertone. Likewise, if you have a neutral undertone, go for a foundation with neutral undertones.
Don’t worry; we know most people have a hard time figuring out what their skin undertone is, so we’re going to let you in on a few ways you can figure this out.
The first and easiest tell is your veins. Your veins will appear green if you’re warm. They will appear blue or violet if you have a cool undertone and would seem to be a combination of both if you’re neutral.
The second way is to gauge how your skin looks compared to a white cloth or paper. If your skin looks pinkish, you’re cool-toned. If it looks more yellow, then your undertone is warm. Also, if you look better in creamy hues than stark white, it may mean that you’re warm-toned. If you look better in stark white, you might be cool-toned. If neither white nor cream makes you look washed out, you may have a neutral undertone.
The kind of jewellery that suits you is another way you can tell. Although this is subjective, gold tends to look better on warm-toned skin and silver on cool tones. People with neutral tones usually don’t discriminate between the two.
Last but not least is how your skin reacts to the sun. Skin with cool undertones burns quickly. If it tans easily, you have a warm undertone. If you burn and then tan, you’re a neutral undertone.
Once you finally find the perfect foundation for your skin, your makeup game will be on a whole other level! How long did you use the wrong shades before finding the one? Did you find this post helpful? Let us know in the comment section below.