3 Tips for Buying Your First Foundation

It doesn’t matter what style you’re going for — we all want smooth, fine-pored, porcelain-like complexion. Unfortunately, we’re not all blessed with the genes for flawless-looking skin. This is where our trusted foundation comes in.

Beauty brands offer countless shades and different formulations for foundation, so you’ll surely find one that’s perfect for your skin. However, choosing between them can get daunting for makeup beginners. Don’t worry! Here are 3 tips that you can use when buying foundation.

1. Know Your Skin Type

Your primary concern should be to determine what goes well with your skin’s innate chemistry. If you have dry skin, use liquid or stick foundations. These tend to have hydrating and moisturizing benefits, resulting in a dewy finish. On the other hand, powder foundations can help combat oily skin by absorbing the sebum while leaving a matte finish.

With combination skin, it’s a matter of being careful where you apply the foundation. It’s generally safer to use powder foundations, as they’re the easiest to use if you have to apply varied amounts. You can layer it lightly over dry spots to minimize irritation, while applying it heavily over oily patches.

2. Match Your Undertone

With the type of foundation in mind, it’s time to determine what shade to get. Before that, you have to know whether your skin has a warm, cool, or neutral undertone.

Luckily, there’s a quick and easy way to test your undertone. First, check your wrists. If your veins look more green, then you have a warm undertone. Conversely, if your veins appear mostly blue, then you have a cool undertone. If it’s neither or a mix of the two, you have a neutral undertone.

To even out your complexion, you want to find a shade that complements your undertone. Counter warm undertones with pink shades, and cool undertones with yellowish foundation. If you’re blessed with a neutral undertone, go for neutral beiges to avoid looking too fair or too tanned.

3. Coverage

Lastly, you have to decide the amount of coverage you want from your foundation. Choosing the amount of coverage dictates the opacity of the product — or how well it can conceal skin flaws.

Full coverage is best at hiding acne, blackheads, wrinkles, and other pesky imperfections. However, it can feel heavy to wear, especially in hot weather. Meanwhile, sheer and light coverage is very subtle and comfortable. It can take care of slight unevenness in skin tone. And for a solid in-between, medium coverage hides flaws reasonably while still looking natural.

Admittedly, the choice here is up to personal taste. Choose a balance between comfort and coverage that fulfills your everyday beauty needs.

Foundation is a lady’s secret weapon for covering flaws and evening out skin tone. It’s an indispensable makeup item you should always have in your bag. But you shouldn’t rely on it to outright change your natural skin tone. Instead, use it complement your natural tone for a smoother, more radiant look.

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