Makeup is an interesting thing when you really stop to think about it. Like many other areas of fashion and design, it goes through phases. Makeup has trends that can change over a few years or even a few seasons.
But, no matter what trends you might want to follow or what type of look you typically go for with your makeup routine, one thing should always remain consistent: You should always choose a makeup that is right for your skin type.
That starts with choosing the right foundation.
There are multiple types of foundation to choose from, and that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of different shades. So, how do you know which one is right for you? Let’s take a look at some tips you can use to find the right foundation for your skin.
Know your skin type
Understanding the kind of skin you have should be your top priority before putting on any makeup. The most common skin types include:
Depending on your skin type, you’ll want to choose a foundation that complements it and keeps your skin healthy, rather than just covering up any flaws. For example, if you have oily skin you’ll want to use a powder foundation instead of a liquid. If you have dry skin, use a hydrating foundation with a creamy consistency.
Understand your undertone
While matching your foundation to your skin colour is important, it’s just as crucial to know the undertone of your skin.
The best way to figure this out is by looking at yourself in the mirror with no makeup on. Does it appear golden? If so, you have a warm undertone and might want a “cool” foundation to balance it. If your skin has a rosy look, a warmer foundation can help.
Use the right tools
No matter which type of foundation you choose, you’ll want to use the right tools to apply it for a smooth, flawless finish. Even makeup that offers flawless coverage, like mineral foundation, still needs to be applied correctly for you to see its full potential.
A rounded foundation brush or sponge is usually the best solution for applying foundation evenly and smoothly. It’s worth it to invest in high-end tools if you plan on applying makeup regularly. Spending money on makeup and not giving the same attention to your tools will end up defeating the purpose.
The right tools will also help to ensure that you’re not using too much foundation or “caking” it on. It’s a common mistake so many people make when in reality, you only need a small amount of good foundation for the right kind of coverage.
If you’re not sure about which tools to use or you’re having trouble finding the right foundation, don’t be afraid to ask a professional. No one starts out automatically knowing the perfect foundation for their skin type.
So, whether you’re just getting into makeup for the first time or you’re worried you’ve been applying the wrong foundation to your skin for several years, it’s never too late to make a change and do things the right way.