Makeup is a positive creation because it is a form of art, it can help you feel better about yourself, and also helps express your personality. With the array of makeup products, there is, however, one product that hugely determines how your overall makeup looks: makeup foundation.
The foundation is the trickiest makeup product to apply. The right foundation can give you a flawless base and even out your skin tone, but the wrong formula can enhance imperfections or worse yet… give you that cakey look. With so many different types of foundation, choosing the perfect one for you can be incredibly hard.
However, by preparing yourself and doing a little research, finding foundation that suits you best won’t seem scary. The secret is knowing your skin type and how much coverage you need. Read along to find out how to choose the best foundation for your skin type.
Knowing Your Skin Type
The first thing you should know is your skin type. Do you have dry, oily, or combination skin? The most accurate way to know this is by going to sleep without any product on your face and with no air conditioner running. On waking up the next morning, first feel your skin and the result is likely going to fall under one of these categories:
If your face feels sticky and oily when you wake up, then you most definitely have oily skin. Oily skin tends to be a little more prone to acne and blocked pores. Oily skin makes you feel like your makeup is wearing off. However, you can correct this by first applying a primer and a touch of moisturizer to help remove excess sebum.
When looking for the best foundation for oily skin, you can opt for a more gel or powder-based foundation, so as it does not increase the level of oil on your skin. You can go for a powder foundation if you are looking for sheer coverage whereas a liquid powder is handy for full coverage.
For a matte oil-free option, a foundation with salicylic acid is what you should aim for as it helps absorb oil preventing your makeup from running off. These are the best foundations for oily skin.
Dry skin tends to feel a little stretchy, flaky, and dehydrated upon waking up. That’s why it’s necessary to use a moisturizer after washing your face in the morning. Hydration is key for helping dry skin, so it’s no surprise that you should opt for a hydrating liquid foundation. For more radiant skin, mix a little water into your foundation before application as it helps add moisture without any excess oil.
Combination skin is a mixture of oily and dry skin. You fall under this category if your skin feels dry, tight, and dehydrated on certain parts of the face and sticky or oily on the other parts. With this skin type, you can choose whether you want a dewy or matte look. A slightly matte foundation helps keep your T-zone oiliness at bay. You can also choose to add a little highlight to your cheeks for a slight glow.
Your skin is sensitive if it easily gets irritated or inflamed. If you have this kind of skin, you then need to be more careful about the texture and ingredients while choosing any kind of skincare products. A foundation that is more mineral-based or organic and hypoallergenic works best for easily irritable skin. On the other hand, an anti-blemish formula works best on easily irritated red skin.
As you age your skin also ages, so your go-to foundation might not be the best one to keep using. Heavier foundations may now settle in any creases or wrinkles, hence the need to go for a light-weight foundation. Look for hydrating foundations as your skin may feel dryer and tighter.
Match The Shade To Your Skin Tone
Should foundation be lighter or darker than your skin? Always get at least two shades of foundation: one that’s close to your skin tone and another that’s a bit lighter. The skin on your face isn’t all the same color. The center tends to be lighter and darker around the perimeter, so it’s a good idea to use two shades of foundation for the most natural finish.
With the above-mentioned skin types, you most probably know what category your skin falls under. It is now important to select your coverage. Do you want full, medium, or sheer coverage? How much of your natural skin do you want to show through your foundation? If you love freckles, opt for a sheer or lightweight foundation. A medium-coverage formula evens out your skin tone a little. For a full-face beat, choose a full-coverage foundation.
Best Full-Coverage Foundations 2019
Full coverage foundations are highly pigmented and they help cover scars, pimples, and dark spots on the face. With the different varieties, here are a few of the best full coverage foundations you can choose from:
Catrice HD Liquid Foundation, High and Natural Coverage is specifically formulated to be surprisingly lightweight for a full coverage, matte foundation. It has a high definition coverage that leaves your skin flawless up to 24 hours. It comes with a dropper top application and is available in 18 shades.
Dermacol Make-up Full Coverage Foundation is cruelty-free, gluten-free, and vegan, as well as being hypoallergenic and free of preservatives. It provides SPF 30 protection and leaves all skin types well-balanced with a diffused, matte appearance. A little goes a long way, so it calls for a lighter application.
Veer HD Studio Foundation Full Coverage is formulated with the mature user in mind with excellent coverage for wrinkles, fine lines, and dark under-eye circles. It has an anti-aging formula to provide a flawless, youthful glow that will never flake. It leaves a soft, dewy finish that lasts up to 6-9 hours.
At the end of the day, remember that makeup shouldn’t be about masking imperfections- it’s all about enhancing your natural beauty! So, always choose the best product for you.
Resources— A Bullseye View, Style Craze, Byrdie