Let’s get real, a foundation is indeed a must-have if you want to look flawless and keeping it for hours (even a BB or CC cream is not enough to provide a complete coverage). So here’s a compact and concise piece of pointers on what should you look for your foundation, according to your skin tone and type.
A foundation is simply a thick makeup base, essential to smooth some bumps on your skin (unless you are a baby, who does have a bump-free skin?).
Basically, the first thing that you need to consider to choose a foundation is to look for a yellowish cast within the color. As noted by the makeup expert Bobbi Brown, the cast is essential as it blends well into your skin while illuminating your best features in the right way – the keyword is ‘cast’ not color, as you still need to choose a foundation the closest shade to your skin tone, not creating a new one.
If you have dry, flaky and dull-looking skin, you might want to try a hydrating foundation. This kind of foundation will keep your skin supple while providing enough coverage to suit your needs.
Opt for tinted moisturizers or ‘diluted’ foundation if you want a light coverage or whipped and creamy foundations for medium to full coverage. Ingredients to look for would be hyaluronic acid or simply the word ‘aqua’. Stay away from mattifying or powder formulas as they then to absorb skin oils that are quite a scarcity there. And don’t forget an ample amount of moisturizer!
As for the opposite of dry skin, oily skin should look out for foundations labeled ‘shine reducing’, ‘matte’, or (obviously) ‘oil-free’ and stay away from anything that relates to ‘dewy-look’, you don’t need to look sweaty unnecessarily. Keep in mind though, these formulas then to set quickly so you need agile hands to blend and dust in record time.
The formulation will absorb excess oil and still keeping your skin supple and look for formulations containing salicylic acid as it will absorb oil and kill bacteria that tend to love these oil slicks.
What to do with combination skin? Well, get the best of both worlds, and you can try a foundation that can soak of excess oil (usually in the T-zone area) while hydrating the dry ones at the same time.
As for sensitive skin, you don’t have to worry or suffer any more if you don’t have any foundation suitable for delicate skin – just pick a mineral foundation closes to your skin shade and you’re done! The mineral makeups are simply minerals with pure pigments there’s an unlikely skin reaction. And they last longer too!