Finding the Right Foundation

I know this is an issue for everyone who wears it! The whole point of a foundation is to even out and give you a perfect complexion, and if you have the wrong color you just accentuate everything you want to hide! Keep reading for some tips and things to keep in mind when you are out shopping.

Find a Type of foundation you like.  There are so many different formulas out there and you need to know what works for you and your skin type.  Now, do you even know what your skin type is? Women tend to think they have sensitive skin when in fact they don’t at all! Same goes with people who think they are oily. Take a look below and see what skin type you really fall into.

Your skin is most likely NORMAL if –

  • Complexion is even
  • Surface is neither too oily nor too dry
  • Pores are small in size
  • Face is supple with few lines, creases and wrinkles
  • You tend to have few breakouts

Your skin is most likely OILY if –

  • Face has shine all over opposed to the just the T Zone
  • Shine seems to appear right after you wash your face (well- sometimes longer than that!)
  • Pores are visible and seem bigger than normal and/or open
  • You have frequent blemishes (blackheads and/or whiteheads)
  • Good news is.. you have minimal lines and wrinkles! (and it will stay that way when you’re 70!)

Your skin is most likely DRY if-

  • After shower you do NOT apply moisturizer and it feels like your face will crack
  • Pores are very small if not invisible
  • Complexion has a ruddy appearance
  • Cheeks and/or chin are flaky and dry
  • Face has lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth

Your skin is most likely SENSITIVE or have skin allergies if-

  • You have blotchy patches (dry or red) on your face most of the time
  • You suffer from Rosacea
  • Your skin is delicate or thin (you can see veins through the skin)
  • You have quite a bit of sensitivity to multiple skin care and cosmetic products (burning or flushing), besides a known allergy (silicone, certain oils, etc)

So now that you have a figured out your skin type it’s time to decide WHAT you want your foundation to do for you. I know it can be overwhelming with so many brands, formulas, price points and all the hype about minerals! Stay tuned for a BIG blog post about the myths of mineral makeup.  I am just going to go over real quick what types of makeup do what and does it best for who!

Cream foundation gives you medium to full coverage and works great on a lot of people. I suggest normal/combo all the way to dry skin depending on how much coverage you desire obviously.

Liquid foundation comes in various finishes such as matte, satin and dewy.  Anyone can wear a liquid and is ideal for mature skin as it gives light to medium coverage but most liquids you can “build up” and get exactly what you need where you need it.

Powder foundation almost always has a matte finish because it is mainly for oily skin types.  Generally (again, depending on the brand) it gives medium coverage that can be built up, you do want to make sure you don’t over do it so it doesn’t end up looking caked or mask like.

Tinted moisturizer is a great choice for anyone that is NOT extremely oily. It gives subtle coverage while hydrating the skin and adding just a touch of color. This is a great product for mature skin as well as a summer foundation if you like the “no makeup, makeup look”!

Now I know there are even MORE on the market than what I’ve talked about, but this is a basic guide for you. If you have any specific foundation or complexion questions you are more than welcome to post them here- I’m sure someone else is already thinking the same thing 😉  I hope this helps you in your quest for finding the perfect foundation!!  Thanks for reading and please let me know if you want something else or more covered on the topic 🙂


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