Scrolling through any social media platform nowadays you are bound to come across at least one makeup related post. If you’re anything like me, your entire Instagram and Twitter feed is filled with beauty accounts and
makeup tutorials. I find myself lingering on posts of these women (a.k.a. makeup queens) with flawless skin, seamlessly blended shadow, the most perfected chiseled
eyebrows and cheekbones. But hey if they can do it, so can you and I! And it all starts with the base. Foundation.Be honest, walking down the aisles of wherever you may shop for your makeup whether it be drugstore or high end, finding the perfect foundation color is daunting. No one wants an unblended orange foundation line separating their face from their neck (I was that girl). Hey if you do and can rock that look, by all means go on with your bad self and power to you, you can disregard the rest of this post. Here are a few key rules that I’ve used over my years of foundation picking:
- Know your skins undertone What in the heck is an undertone? An undertone is the hue of color your skin tone most naturally leans towards. There are predominantly 3 classifications of undertones: warm, cool, and neutral. A warm undertone is one that leans more on the yellow, golden, or in some cases peachy hues. A cool undertone is one that your skin leans more towards pink, red, or blue undertones. A neutral undertone your skin can lean in either direction. An easy way to determining your undertone is by peeking at the veins in your wrist. In natural daylight, look at your wrist and take note of your vein color. If your veins are more green, you have a warm undertone. If your veins are more blue or sometimes purple, you have a cool undertone. If you cannot quite tell which color most likely you have a neutral undertone.
- Know your skin type To me this step is a lot easier than figuring out your undertone. Again, there are mainly three classes of skin types; dry, oily, or combination (both dry and oily). This is pretty self-explanatory, if your skin feels dehydrated or you may even notice extra dry patches on your skin then your skin is drier in complexion. Oily skin, your skin will be a little slicker, especially in your t-zone area. Combo skin, you’ve probably noticed your t-zone is oilier than say the dryer texture on your cheeks and under eyes. It is very common for your skin to change with the seasons as well!
- If there are testers available in store, use them! I know what you’re thinking, “Ew, I do not want to touch someone else’s used makeup product!” And you’re right, that is disgusting. However, the makeup testers can honestly be life savers, or detrimental to your wallet when you swatch something pretty and automatically need it even though you came in for one thing and you’re
now holding five (regular occurrence for me!) Most cosmetic stores with testers, if not all, supply applicators like sponges or brushes so the process is a little more sanitary. When picking a foundation, it would obvi make sense to match your face color, right? Well, it doesn’t. You want to pick a color that matches your neck. That way when you’re blending your foundation on and bring it down to meet with your neck everything will blend seamlessly. Hallelujah, no more orange foundation lines! My suggestion is to test the foundation colors right there on your neck and blend the color out to perfectly pick your shade.
- If you can, get a sample of the product There are sooo many brands pushing all different kinds of foundations with crazy claims out on the market. How are you to ever know if you’ll like a mattifying gel mousse foundation with a hydrating complex versus a luminous natural finish foundation?! The descriptions are enough to send you reeling before you can even justify the $40 price tag! Some cosmetic stores, like Sephora, offer x-amount of samples during your shopping trip. If you can snag a sample and try out the foundation (especially if it is high-end) then definitely go for it. So much better than kissing what could have been a nice new pair of shoes away on a foundation that doesn’t make you feel like you’re ready for your close-up!
Also, here are few of my favorite foundations that I’ve stumbled upon over the years!
- Beginners: L’Oreal True Match, L’Oreal Pro Glow, L’Oreal Lumi Cushion, Maybelline Fit Me, Covergirl 3-in-1
- Dry Skin: IT Cosmetics CC Cream, NARS All Day Luminous, Clinque Beyond Perfecting, L’Oreal Pro Glow, Too Faced Born This Way, BECCA Aqua Luminous
- Oily Skin: Kat Von D Lock It, L’Oreal Pro Matte, Cover Fx Oil-Free, NARS All Day Luminous (set with a powder)
- Combo: Cover Fx Oil-Free, NARS All day Luminous, Makeup Forever Ultra HD Stick, Clinque Beyond Perfecting
Hope you guys enjoyed! Let me know down in the comments what kind of foundations you like to use so that I can try them too!