The first step is determining what your skin type is. Is it dry, oily, dehydrated or mature? All of these factors need to be considered when determining what foundation to buy. For example, someone with dry skin would be suited to a dewier finish foundation. The texture will ensure it sits and looks more natural on the skin. Oily skin would best suited to an ‘oil free’ foundation. If this is you, look for one that contains ‘silica’, it’s an ingredient that absorbs excess oil on the skin.
The makeup artist will now determine what colour undertone you have in your skin. Do you have a beige (pink) or a golden (yellow) undertone?
Ask the expert to apply the foundation all over your face. This is the best way to determine if the colour you are trying is right for you. It is best to check the foundation in natural light; it should blend into your skin and look discreet when applied. You should also let the foundation colour settle for a few minutes, especially if you have oily skin. The oil in your skin may oxidise the foundation and cause it to change a shade.
If you are not 100% sure about the colour the makeup artist has chosen for you, ask for a sample to take home. Then wear it for a day or two before you make the purchase.
Tips to choosing the right foundation:
– Buy a new foundation for each season. Your skin changes shade and texture from winter to summer.
– If you are getting a spray tan, you will need a darker foundation with a golden tone. Your regular foundation will most probably be too light for you, remember you are being sprayed at least two shades darker than your natural tone.
– Don’t always opt for a full-coverage foundation. If you have good skin, you can go for a lighter coverage and apply concealer to areas that need extra attention.
– Try the colour on your jawline/all over the face, not just your wrist or neck.
I hope these tips help you when you are next shopping for your new foundation!
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