How to Choose the Right Foundation – An Easy Guide

Finding the right foundation for your skin is sometimes a challenge. Many of us make mistakes when choosing. But we must accept that identifying the perfect foundation is a whole science. So, if you want to know How to Choose the Right Foundation, you have come to the right place.

Foundation is one of the most important products when it comes to makeup. If we use it properly, we will look perfect, beautiful, and even natural. But if we make a mistake when choosing it, the chances of looking older increase.

Additionally, we may see our skin greasy, puffy, orange, or white like a ghost. To this must be added that we may even have acne breakouts or patches of irritation due to dryness.

For these reasons and many others that I am sure I forgot to mention, we must choose the correct foundation. This is not just limited to finding the right shade. It is also essential that we choose the foundation considering our skin type, our needs, and how we want to see ourselves.

So, let’s start with finding the type of skin you have.

Find your skin type.

As I already mentioned, finding your skin type is super important. Depending on this, the foundation you choose will increase or hide some aspects of your skin. Besides, it can influence the duration, finish, and oxidation of the foundation.

Let’s look at the characteristics of the skin types and see which one you identify with best.

  • Normal skin: This type is characterized by not having significant problems. It rarely gets pimples, the pores are small and, it doesn’t have or have very few blemishes. It also doesn’t usually suffer from any kind of irritation or redness. In most cases, this type of skin is not too oily or too dry. Those with this type of skin could choose almost any kind of foundation.
  • Oily skin: This type is somewhat more complicated. It is characterized by having larger pores and a greasy or shiny feeling as the day progresses. Due to the excess of oil, those who have this type of skin usually suffer from breakouts or pimples. However, one of the advantages that people with this type of skin enjoy is that it takes longer to show signs of aging.
  • Dry skin: Those who have this type of skin tend to feel tight, rough, and flaky skin. Also, the face can look dull and aged. What usually happens with dry skin is that the sebaceous glands do not secrete enough oil. This causes the skin to crack and, fine lines appear.
  • Combination skin: This is characterized by having an oily area. Most of the time is the T zone, which covers the forehead, nose, and chin. The rest of the face is usually the Normal skin type, although sometimes it can be dry. Occasionally those who have this type of skin can suffer from blackheads.

After identifying what your skin type is, you must know what the different textures of the foundations are and how they will react with your face.

Choose the texture of the foundation.

There are different types of foundations, and some of them react differently depending on the type of skin you have. Here I am going to mention some characteristics for you to consider when buying your foundation.

  • BB Cream: This type of foundation is the winning combination of a moisturizer and makeup foundation. It is ideal if you are only looking to unify your skin tone and do not need too much coverage. It is perfect for normal skin; since, as I mentioned above, this does not usually have too many imperfections.
  • Liquid: Liquid foundations are usually characterized by being light and looking very natural. They are a good option for all skin types. However, I recommend that you check the packaging for what kind of skin is suggested.
  • Creamy: This class of foundations, in most cases, are thicker and provide more coverage. You can find them for different types of skin. However, these foundations are usually recommended for mature skin or for those who have more problems, for example, open pores, acne, or blemishes.
  • Powdered: Powdered foundations are a good option for those who have oily skin. Due to their texture, they absorb the oils from the skin, leaving a very flattering matte appearance.
  • Compact: These foundations usually come in a case or in a stick and mostly have a medium to high coverage. It is recommended that people with oily skin avoid them as they can become very heavy foundations. They are a good option for those with normal skin.

Since you have chosen the texture that you like the most and that best suits you, it is time to focus on choosing the right tone.

Identify your skin tone.

One thing we must understand is that the foundation is not designed to change our skin tone. This means that the foundation should not be used to tan or make us look whiter.

The objective of the foundation is to homogenize the tone of the face. For this reason, the perfect shade is the one that blends with our natural skin color.

The above leads us to ask ourselves: what is the natural color of our skin? Well, the answer to this question depends on who you ask. Some will say that the natural skin tone is the one on your cheek. Another one may say that is the color of your neck. Others that the natural color is the one on your neckline. And some will even say that is the one in your arms.

In my case, I usually choose the foundations that best match the tone of my neck. On the other hand, I do not recommend that you try the foundations on the back of your hand since this area usually has a very different color than your face.

What most experts do agree on is that you must try the foundation. Why? Because not always the color you see on the packaging is the color that will be transferred to your skin.

They also do not recommend that you buy the first foundation that you think suits you best. In fact, the best way to choose is to try the foundation that you feel best combines with your skin tone and try one shade higher and another that is one shade lower.

If you don’t understand what I mean by one shade higher and one shade lower, let me explain it a little better. Most brands classify their foundations with numbers. The smallest numbers, which usually start at 100, are in most cases for lighter skin. On the other hand, the highest numbers, such as 400, are mostly for deeper skins.

That means that a higher shade refers to the darker tone that follows the one you like the most. While a lower refers to a lighter tone.

Now, you must consider the undertone of your skin. The undertones can be Cool, Warm, or Neutral. Most brands classify their foundations in these undertones. If you see that a foundation has the letter C, it means that it has a cool undertone. A foundation with the letter W means they have a warm undertone. And the foundations that have a letter N indicates that they have a neutral undertone.

With these steps, you can now choose a foundation for your skin. Now you may be considering other features that can help you look your best.

Look for the complementary features.

Now that you know which is the best foundation for your face, you may want to add certain features that are complementary.

For example, you are one of the people who like a satin finish. That is, you want your skin to look juicy and luminous but not greasy, so I recommend a Luminous foundation.

If, on the other hand, you prefer that your skin does not shine and looks velvety, the best option for you is a mattifying foundation.

For this step, it is best to identify your tastes and what you want. Depending on this, choose the foundation finish that best suits these tastes.

You are now an expert.

And with this, we complete the easy guide to choose the most suitable foundation for you. You already know all the tricks and secrets that will help you avoid making mistakes when buying this essential makeup product.

Anyway, remember that it is super important that you continue investigating. I recommend that you read more articles and find other tricks that may be useful to you.

Now I would like to know: what do you think? If you have other tricks or tips that can help us choose our makeup, do not hesitate to leave them in the comments below.

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