No matter how hard I wish I had perfectly flawless skin, I’ve come to terms that it’s just not possible. But luckily, I can always rely on the right foundation to help me fake it. The tricky part is finding the perfect foundation for my skin. Over the years, much of my search has been trial and error, but there are some makeup tips that have guided me in the right direction. Read on to learn how to choose a natural-looking makeup foundation for your skin type and skin shade.
Know Your Skin Type
Whether you have normal, oily, dry or combination skin is very important when selecting a foundation. There are many different types of foundation to best meet your needs.
Normal skin, which means you have just the right balance of oil, can wear most types of foundation, including liquid, aerosol, cream and powder.
Oily skin, which means you have over-productive oil glands, can wear liquid foundation (if water-based), stick foundation (because your natural oil helps it to smooth on easily), aerosol and powder.
Dry skin, which means you are lacking in the moisture and oil department, can wear liquid (oil-based) and cream (ideal because usually contains moisturizers). Other foundation types may also work if you apply a good moisturizer first.
Combination skin, which means you are generally oily through your T-zone and dry in other areas. The safest bet is to use a water-based liquid foundation and follow with an oil-absorbing finishing powder over your nose, forehead and chin.
Know Your Skin Concerns
If you have sensitive skin, meaning your skin reacts to potential irritants by turning red, swelling or breaking out in hives, then you must be careful to only select a foundation that is hypoallergenic or a natural makeup that doesn’t contain any irritants. Meeting the needs of your skin sensitivity should come before choosing a foundation that meets the needs of your skin type. Of course, with so many options available it usually isn’t a problem to satisfy both.
If you have acne-prone skin, then you definitely want to look for foundations that are non-comedogenic, meaning they won’t clog your pores. You may also want to look for a foundation that includes an anti-acne ingredient, like salicylic acid or alpha hydroxy acids, like my personal favorite Exuviance Skin Caring Foundation (also great for aging skin).
If you have acne scars, large pores, freckles, or age spots, you’re going to want to choose a high-pigment foundation. By having a high concentration of color, these foundations can hide even the most stubborn skin conditions and yet still allow the skin to breathe and look natural. One of the best is Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Foundation.
If you have aging skin, you should choose a foundation with anti-aging ingredients, as well as one formulated to fill in fine lines and wrinkles. Many cosmetic products now include peptides, botanical extracts, silicone and a variety of moisturizers to improve the appearance of the skin.
Picking Your Shade
The best way to find your exact shade is to use the tester in a store. Apply several shades to your jawline beside each other until you find your perfect match. Do not apply to your hand or anywhere else, the jaw really is the best spot. Plus, by applying the shades beside each other, you’ll be able to compare to see which ones match better than the others.
There’s nothing wrong with finding your best shade at the department store or beauty supply and then purchasing it online to get the best deal. Also, many online beauty stores, including DermStore, offer a color-match guarantee, which means you can return the foundation if it isn’t the right shade.
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