Selecting the right foundation is not at all easy, especially for beginners. The first thing you have to know is that we do NOT use foundation to look much more tanned. That’s the bronzer’s job! A foundation is useful to cover any imperfections over a corrector, to even up skin tone or to look more flawless. That’s it!
The first thing is to know you skin type.
Nowadays, there are foundations for every single skin type. Be careful to choose a foundation that suits you. For example, if you have oily skin, choose a water-based foundation.
Then you have to define which undertones your skin has. There is a little trick to find this out. Look at the veins on your wrist:
If they appear green, you have yellow undertones, warm undertones.
If they appear blue, you have pink undertones, cool undertones.
If you can’t decide which colour they are, you have neutral undertones.
Another trick is this. If you burn easily on the sun, you are very likely to have a more cool tone and if gold looks nice on you, you can have warmer undertone.
A big mistake a lot of people make is to try the foundation on their hand! Never do this please. Never. Your hands are always a bit darker than you face due to exposure to the sun. The best place is on your neck. Choose the foundation that blends with your skin colour best.
Most of the time, you can easily find your foundation shade thanks to the code of the foundation shade:
W stands for warm.
C for cool.
N for neutral.
Applying foundation correctly
To apply your foundation you have various options depending on the result you would like to achieve. If you are looking for a more natural look, with low or medium coverage, apply it with a damp sponge or with your fingers. On the contrary, if you are going for a medium to high coverage, apply it with a synthetic brush; it will look more flawless.
To increase the longevity of your foundation, use loose powder, either a translucent one or with a compact powder. The loose powder will just set the make up in place for a longer period of time, while the compact powder will add a bit more coverage. If you have dry skin, you can also use a setting spray after applying your foundation. It will set the makeup but also add a slight glow to you face.
Achieving just the right look
As you can see, applying foundation all depends on your skin type and the results you would like to achieve. So to sum it all up:
- Find out what skin type you have, which undertone you have and then pick up the right foundation shade thanks to the name code.
- Don’t forget to try it on you neck and not on your hands because your face and hands are not the same colour. The closest to your skin tone will be the best one to choose.
I hope these tips have helped.