Choosing the Right Foundation For Your Skin Type
With literally thousands of different shades of skin foundation, it may seem quite challenging to choose that perfect match for you. There are so many varieties and characteristics of facial foundation that you may not even know where to begin. With these tips, finding that perfect shade and consistency does not have to leave you perplexed.
Type of Foundation
Before you decide on a shade and type of coverage, think about the type of foundation you would like on your skin. Keep in mind this product will be on your face each day, so you need to decide on what ingredients (or lack of ingredients) are important to you.
There are several different types of foundation consistencies on the market. Many individuals prefer make-up that is good for their skin in conjunction with looking natural. Foundation types that are paraben-free and oil-free are popular choices; these types are more natural and free of unwanted preservatives and heavy oils. Make sure that your foundation is non-comedogenic, which means it won’t clog pores, and won’t lead to congested skin or acne breakouts with prolonged use.
Mineral makeup is also a very popular choice. This kind of skin foundation is all-natural and organic, and ideal for those who want a sheer or more natural coverage. Pure mineral make-up has particles that are milled from natural minerals – these large particles rest on our skin to provide good coverage while being big enough not to clog pores. Being inorganic – pure mineral make-up is stable, won’t oxidise and is very suitable for sensitive skin.
If you choose mineral make-up, be sure it is high-quality. In order to check for this, look for a very short and clean ingredient list, and check for proper certification. When looking for certification, you may need to do a little research. In doing so, you can contact the company and ask questions concerning guarantees for purity, and you can research the brand by reading reviews. Also, always purchase from a reputable, long-standing brand that has transparency in their company’s mission, as well as their ingredients.
Make up that also protects from the sun’s damaging rays is also very important to many. Protecting your facial skin from UV rays will conserve your skin’s elasticity and youthfulness. It can also protect against unwanted age spots and skin cancer. Look out for SPF protection in your foundations, or check out mineral make-up, which contains natural sun protection elements of the minerals zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
Good quality mineral foundation is all-natural and organic, and ideal for those who want a super light coverage along with the protection of sensitive skin.
Along with making the decision of the precise type of foundation you would like, consider your skin type. Your skin may be normal, oily, dry, sensitive or a combination. In order to discover what type of skin you have, cleanse your face before you go to sleep at night and avoid moisturiser. When you wake up in the morning, observe how your skin feels. Does it feel oily to the touch? Does it feel “tight” and dry? Does it feel oily around the nose and inner cheek area, but dry everywhere else? In addition, think about if your skin breaks out often and if it is sensitive to cosmetics. Doing this little test will arm you with knowledge of your specific skin type and will move you that much closer in choosing your ideal foundation.
The type of coverage you want solely depends on how you want your foundation to feel on your skin and how much you want it to mask any imperfections, such as blemishes, freckles, age spots, wrinkles, and scars. Many women prefer a natural look that is light and airy to the touch. Mineral foundation and oil-free gel foundations work wonders for this. It all depends on if you want to evenly distribute a powder-like substance or a liquid-type over your face. As for paraben-free and UV protection, these qualities can be found in either mineral foundation or a liquid.
With your face clear of any make-up, study it closely in several different places, such as in the bathroom under the light, outside in the sunlight, and under any fluorescent lighting if possible. Notice the shade of your skin; it may be fair, light, medium, or darker, but more importantly, take note of your undertones. If you have and undertone that is warm, your skin will have a peach-like tint to it. You may also see a glimpse of yellowish or golden shades. If your skin has a cool undertone, it will have a pinkish or reddish hue to it.
Oftentimes, popular and high-quality foundation brands have skin-matching where all you need to know is your shade and undertone type. In order to be sure your new foundation will match, always get a few samples. Put a little on your chest, on the back of your hand, and on your neck and face. This will give you many options in viewing your foundation on different parts of your skin. Don’t forget to look at it under varying types of light to get the best match.
The shade of choice should blend in with your natural skin shade and tone, while complimenting your complexion. Once you get out there and take a look at all of the varieties of foundation and decide on what is important to you in terms of ingredients, the coverage, and the best kind for your specific skin type (and, of course, your perfect shade), you will be well on your way to finding the perfect foundation for you!
TRY THESE SKIN-LOVING FOUNDATIONS:
This handy Loose Mineral Foundation Brush from Colorescience delivers long-lasting, flawless coverage for a healthy, glowing complexion. Lightweight and water resistant, this formula is perfect for all skin types. It’s a lightweight, water resistant formula that feels smooth as a cream, won’t clog your pores and doesn’t dry the skin. Best of all, it comes in a sun-safe SPF20 formula, so you’re also brushing on sun protection whenever you reapply your make-up!
Opt for the Lamellar Gel Foundation from Faith Cosmetics if you prefer a versatile and dewy gel foundation that also helps replenish your skin’s moisture and collagen. Light and layerable, this oil-free formulation offers sheer – medium coverage and makes your skin look naturally flawless.