A beautiful base of foundation is meant to even skin tone, give glowing healthy looking skin, and to act as a primer. Think of your face as a blank easel and your makeup as your paint. However, since not all foundations are good for every situation there are different foundations for different uses. Television, photographs, an evening out, or suboptimal skin requires a heavier foundation. Lighter foundations are better for daytime, beach days, and nicer complexions.
Types of Foundation
- Creme foundation – A creme foundation will give the most coverage. Whether you are have scars, facial birthmarks, or are in need of other camouflage, this type of foundation will cover it all.
- Liquid foundation – A medium coverage foundation, this type of foundation is good for dry skin and everyday use.
- Powder Foundation – If you have oily skin, a powder foundation is for you. Powder foundations contain powders which absorb oil, leaving you with a matte, smooth finish.
- Foundation Sticks – For on-the-go precision application, foundation sticks have medium coverage. Most companies design foundation sticks for normal, dry, mature, and sensitive skin.
- Sheer Foundation/Tinted Moisturizers -For lighter coverage, sheer foundations and tinted moisturizers will provide color/tone corrections without looking like you are wearing makeup.
To avoid looking orange or ashy, choose a foundation that matches your skin tone. Foundations will either have undertones of pink or yellow. If your undertones are somewhere in the middle you may have to blend two foundations to get the perfect match. This technique is completely acceptable and encouraged. Most beauty counters will be able to give you exactly what you need.
Matching Your Color
To match foundation to your skin, test it on your neck and chest. The chest is ultimately where the foundation will have to meet and blend, making it the optimum place instead of your hand which may have a different tone.
Blending – To avoid a “mask” look blend the foundation into your jawline, neck, and hairline.
Foundation As Primer – Using a little foundation on the lid of the eyes followed by powder will create the perfect surface for applying long lasting eye shadow. This technique will also help to avoid eye shadow falling into your eye creases.
Oil Based – When using an oil based foundation make sure to shake before use. Oil foundations tend to seperate and shaking the container will ensure a smoother application. Also, your foundation seems too oily, add a few drops of astringent to cut down the oiliness.
Keep it light! – To avoid a more artificial look use little to no foundation. Au Natural!