How to Choose and Test the Best Foundation for Your Skin Tone

When you step out to choose a particular shade or type of foundation, you might find yourself confused with a number of things to consider such as your undertone, skin type, and coverage.Not to worry. Here are a few guidelines to help you find the one that’s right for you.

1)Choosing the Shade of Foundation Based on Undertone

Depending on the color of your veins you can determine your undertone. If your skin has purple or blue veins and a pink, red, or blue tinge to it, you fall in the category of cool undertones. Pink or neutral-based foundation suits cool undertones. If the veins on your wrists appear blue-green,you have a neutral undertone, and nude foundation would be perfect for your skin. If you have green or olive veins with a yellow, gold, or peach tinge, you can be sure that you have a warm undertone. Peach or yellow-based foundation suits warm undertones well.

2)Choosing the Right Formula Based on Skin Type, Coverage & Skin Issues

Once you have selected a shade, you’ll have to take a closer look at the formula you need based on criteria such as skin type, coverage, and skin-related issues.

  • Cream Foundation:
This foundation is suitable for all skin types except oily skin. It gives medium to full coverage and can be used to cover marks, pigmentation and flaws. Cream foundation gives you a dewy finish, making you look fresh throughout the day.

  • Powder Foundation:
Powder foundation is the best for oily skin. It provides light to medium coverage and gives you a smooth matte finish. Besides covering blemishes and evening out the skin tone, it also helps absorb excess oil from the skin.

  • Liquid Foundation:
Liquid foundation can be used on all skin types, including dry or mature skin. It provides added moisture, and helps even out your skin tone. Liquid foundation gives you a matte, satin, or dewy finish depending on the formulation, and provides light to medium coverage.

  • Tinted Moisturizing Foundation:
This formula is ideal for mature skin and it acts as a moisturiser as well. The formula imparts sheer to light coverage and can be used by those who have normal or dry skin. Tinted foundation is not too heavy on the skin, giving you a hint of color,hydration, and a nude or natural look.

  • Mineral Foundation: 
Mineral foundation gives you a matte finish and is suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin with the exception of oily skin. It helps even out the skin tone and moisturises, as well. Mineral foundation provides sheer to medium coverage, and does a better job on mature skin when compared to other foundations that cake up and highlight wrinkles and open pores. It is made of minerals, is safe for the skin, and does not require preservatives. It does not nurture bacteria and has a long shelf life.

3)Testing Your Foundation

Now that you have narrowed down your options, it’s time to test the foundation(s) you’ve chosen.Try it on the insides of your wrists as they are of the same skin tone as your face. As certain foundations oxidize and turn orange when they dry out, you might want to wait for a minute or two to check it. Always check your foundation under natural light to make sure it blends with your skin tone.

Have fun with your new found make up!

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