How to Pick Foundation
How to Pick Foundation
A Beginner’s Guide to FoundationYou’ve decided that you want to start wearing foundation. With all of the different brands and types out there, it can be really confusing. Where to start, right? Well, the first question that you need to ask yourself is “What am I using it for?” Your answer could be any one of the following: to cover blemishes, even out my skin tone, reduce redness, look good for work, hide my dark circles and so forth. Depending on your situation, you may not even need foundation. In fact, if your problem is dark circles, then you should just get an under-eye concealer or brightener. It also depends on how much you want to cover. Redness and uneven skin tone can mean larger areas of coverage, and these individuals would benefit from a foundation.
Step 1: What type of coverage are you looking for?After you have figured out what you need to cover, then you should ask yourself, “Do I want to be able to see my skin still?” If you said yes to that last question, then you should probably opt for a mineral or lightweight foundation. Sometimes, a tinted moisturizer will even be suitable for these individuals. On the other hand, if you said no, then you fall in the medium to full coverage category. Again, this depends on how much you need to cover. Typically, these individuals should use a powder, liquid or cream foundation. For medium coverage, choose a fluffier brush with long bristles. Full coverage requires more compact brushes or sponges such as a BeautyBlender or kabuki brush.
Step 2: Do you prefer matte or dewy?This is all about preference for your finished look. Matte has a soft, velvety finish while dewy will often give you a healthy glow. It doesn’t matter what skin type you are because you can always mattify and add glow wherever you want. However, typically people who are oily choose matte, and dewy or illuminated is preferred by dry skin. Still haven’t made up your mind? Here’s a quick visual comparison for you. J. Lo is the look of dewy or illuminated, and Kim Kardashian is the look of matte.
Step 3: What is your undertone?There are three undertones: warm, cool and neutral. Warm undertones are more golden while cool undertones are rosier. If you have a little bit of both, then you are neutral. However, you should always match to your neck for the most natural look!
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