Picking the right foundation
It can be hard sometimes to know how to find the perfect foundation for you. Here are a few tips on what to look out for. Understanding your skin is key! There is a few things to consider when choosing your foundation.
In this blog post I will cover a couple of things:
- Determining your skin type in order to determine what type of foundation would be best for you.
- The coverage & finish you should want from your foundation depending on your skin type.
- Different types of foundation to consider
The type of skin you have whether it may be dry, oily, combination or normal. Try not to confuse dehydrated skin with dry skin.
- Dehydrating skin feels tight and sometimes textured. This could be more to do with the lack of skincare or it could be you natural water intake. Your skin will suffer if you do not drink enough water but this does not mean you have dry skin.
- Dry skin is usually more genetic as this would mean that your skin naturally doesn’t produce as much sebum. Dry skin tends to be more sensitive and can easily get aggravated. Sometimes may even be “flakey” and itchy.
- Combination skin, a lot of people think they have combination skin if they have a slightly oily T zone with slightly dry cheeks; this is not always the case. If neither of them are extreme then most likely you have normal skin. It is normal to produce a bit of oil through the center of your face. Combination skin usually means having both, extremely oily areas but also dry.
- Oily skin tends to be easy to determine. Usually means having excess oil in most areas of your face which can also lead to spots and large pores. Black heads and blocked pores are very common in this type of skin.
Once you have determined what type of skin you have, you should think about the coverage and finished that you would like.
Coverage & finish
In order to know how to find the perfect foundation you have to think about the amount of coverage you want. If you prefer a natural look then a light coverage would be suitable for you. If you feel there is a few blemishes that you would like to cover then a medium to full coverage would be better. However you still need to consider your skin type in this here’s why:
A general rule, full coverage foundations tend to be drier and heavier in consistency. They will look heavier and more “makeup like” on the skin while light coverage foundations can vary more in “finish”. Quite often you can find silky/dewy light cover foundations or matte ones. Whereas it is quite unusual to find a full coverage dewy foundation purely because it is more likely to transfer and come off. Not to mention it is usually people with oily skin that want a full cover long wear foundation.
This can be a problem if you are someone who suffers from dry skin but want full cover. My advice would be to get your skincare right if you are going to do this. Generally you can get away with wearing a slightly fuller coverage and drier formula if you prep your skin correctly beforehand. However I would still recommend going for a lighter “dewier” finish and then using a concealer on any blemishes or areas you would like to cover. This way you still have a nice natural base with a glow to it but and your concealer is doing most of the work.
A lot of the time when we look at our skin we tend to focus on our under eye and think we need more than we do. So when you focus on correcting and concealing under the eye, you will suddenly realise you do not need tons of makeup on. Less is more in this case. The same applies to oily skin, if you do not need the coverage, do not apply it. I would recommend to use an oil free moisturiser to help hold your makeup in place.
Tinted moisturizer is a great option if you want something light in feel and like a “dewy” look. I recommend the Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Tinted Moisturizer. It provides light coverage but it could be made into a medium cover when mixed with concealer.
Another great foundation would be the Chanel Vitalumiere Foundation. It is a beautiful silky formula that glides on to the skin and provides a light/medium coverage. The silky formula provides lots of moisture and comfort for every day wear.
A great full cover foundation for oily skin would the Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation however I would not recommend this one for your wedding day as it can sometimes flash back in photos. A great foundation to try would be the Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation. It is a medium waterproof formula that is buildable and great for flash photography as it is designed for backstage makeup.
In my kit I use the Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick for brides which has no SPF and has a medium and buildable coverage. It has a lovely blendable formula that works with all skin types. It lasts well on the skin and looks very natural.
So in summary it all depends on your type of skin and the coverage that you like. Try to find a foundation with no SPF or at least do the research on the foundation you are thinking of using on the day. It makes a huge difference. Always set it with a light dust of power even if you prefer a “glowy” finish as it will make it last longer.
Hope this has helped you understand a little more on how to find the perfect foundation. Any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.