How To Find The Right Foundation For You

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Finding the right foundation for yourself is a challenge and even more challenging for beginners.  When you visit a beauty counter these are the top 3 questions they would ask you:

- What is your skin type?
- Do you know your undertone?
- What coverage would you like?

To avoid disappointment and walking away with the wrong foundation, It really helps to know the answers to these questions. I'm going to help you with all three questions so next time you go shopping for foundation you know exactly what your looking for. 

1. Identify your Skin "type".
You can be Oily, Dry, Combination or Normal.
If you don't know what your skin type is, take this test: What Skin type do I have?

If you have Oily skin, you want a foundation that is preferably oil-free. You also want to incorporate a face primer and setting powder to help prevent your makeup from melting away. I also recommend choosing a foundation that has a natural/matte finish which will help control shine.

If you have Dry skin, opt for a hydrating foundation that gives a satin or dewy finish. This type of foundation is the best option for your dry skin as it keeps your skin feeling hydrated and it won't cling to the dry area's. You may find that (some) dewy foundations don't last long through out the day, this can easily be fixed by using a primer and setting powder.

Select a primer that is targeted for dry skin, avoid mattifying primers. Set your foundation with powder and afterwards you can spray "Mac Fix+" to get rid of that matte, powder finish look. 

Combination skin, choosing a foundation can be tricky at times. Your dry in some areas and oily in other areas, talk about confusing right? I recommend going for a foundation that has a "satin" finish as I personally describe it. Not too matte nor too dewy. For the more oily areas on your face you can prime and powder

Normal Skin - You guys are so lucky, you can wear any foundation you like. You won't find it hard choosing a foundation for yourself. 

2. Identify your Undertone".
Cool, Warm or Neutral

After identifying your skin type, the next step is to identify your undertone. You can be cool, warm or neutral.  

Your veins on your wrist look more blue and/or purple. Silver jewelry compliments you more than gold jewelry. When your out in the sun your more likely to burn than get tan. 

Choose a foundation that has a rosier base.

Your veins on your wrist are more green/yellow. Gold jewelry compliments you more than silver jewelry. When your out in the sun you tan instead of turning red.

Choose a foundation that has a yellow and/or golden base.

Your veins appear green and blue, its hard to tell. Both gold and silver compliment you equally and when your out in the sun you don't really tan or get sun burnt. Maybe you get both? 

You can get away with wearing cool or warm base foundations. Having a neutral undertone myself, I go for foundations that are neutral. Not too cool, nor too warm. Sometimes I even have a cool and warm base foundation and mix them. Over all you can wear multiple shades of foundation.

3. What coverage would you like?
Light, Medium, Medium to Full

A light coverage foundation looks very natural, almost like wearing a BB cream. It feels super light weighted and doesn't look like your wearing it. If you want to cover pigmentation, scars, acne etc this isn't the foundation for you. A light coverage foundation will only even out your skin tone. If this sounds perfect for you but you do have the odd thing you want to cover, use a concealer.

A medium coverage foundation is a little more noticeable on the skin because of the formula. It contains more pigment which means it offers more coverage. It provides enough coverage to cover minor imperfections and also evens out your skin tone. The great thing about wearing a medium coverage foundation is that you can always apply less, for a lighter coverage.

A full coverage foundation doesn't look natural, but it does look flawless. It covers absolutely everything on your face including pigmentation, un even skin tone, freckles, scarring etc. It can feel heavy if your not use to wearing a full coverage foundation. If your a beginner I wouldn't recommend going for a full coverage foundation, try a light or medium first. 

Yay you made it to the end, I bet you feel so much more confident right? From reading these three steps you should know exactly what foundation is best for you. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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