Thursday, 21 March 2013

Finding the perfect foundation

Hello all! Of course, let it be known that when in doubt you should go to the sales assistant for a proper swatch test and so on, but you can't always do that for drugstore brands. 

Anyways, I've been working on this post for a while so please bear with me! I have a whole series lined up, so before requesting, check out my "PAGES" widget and click on "Masterposts" on the right! ^_^

Before you go to the store:
- DON'T wear ANY makeup. Moisturiser is fine, but tinted moisturiser, BB cream, foundation and concealer are all not and might result in choosing a foundation that doesn't quite match.

- DO make sure you have plenty of time. The worst thing you can do is rush your testing and end up choosing a product that doesn't suit you.
Or time will screw you over...

- DO go with a close friend/relative who can give you an unbiased second opinion of what colour foundation works best. Of course, you don't have to, but it's great if someone does come. 

So let's start! 

The first thing is deciding what type of foundation you want. There are three main types: liquid, cream and powder. 

Hello Flawless liquid foundation by Benefit

Liquid foundation gives light-to-medium coverage that looks very natural. It's usually set in with powder foundation. It's great for all skin types. The best way to apply (in my personal experience) is with your fingers or a sponge.

Revlon ColorStay whipped creme foundation

Cream foundation is a little heavier than liquid foundation, however allows your skin to look flawless. It is best suited for drier skin tones. The main disadvantages are that cream foundations can emphasise thin lines/wrinkles, and they don't have a long shelf life (if you use foundation rarely, it is likely to dry out when you come back to it).

Cream foundations are best applied with the above type of brushes.

L'oreal True Match powder foundation

Powder foundation comes in loose powder and compressed compact. Loose powder is sheerer and can be mixed with other powders, but both serve to set in makeup and/or be light coverage in their own right. They are best set in with a kabuki brush for loose powder and a powder brush for a compressed compact.

Other types (that I know of) include stick foundation (which is like a mix between concealer and foundation and is good for hiding acne scars), tinted moisturiser (great for brightening up skin without looking obvious) and BB cream. I don't really know much about BB cream, actually, but it is very similar to liquid foundation in coverage while being as sheer as a tinted moisturiser.

Now for trying the foundations on!
1. Choosing between brands is pretty much a personal preference and depends on a range of factors. Brands also work different for different people! However within a brand, they will have several lines of a particular foundation. To have an idea of what line you'd like, sample them on the back of your hand to decide one preferential texture and even get a vague idea of coverage.

2. Now to find what colour foundation works best! Use tiny dots of foundation to dab onto three/four different areas on your face (for example, several different shades on cheek, chin, forehead, nose). Compare colours first without blending in so you have a narrow range. 

3. Now blend in the foundation with your fingertips. You may have to go back outside so you can see the effect in different lighting. Choose a foundation whose colour 'melts' into your skin - this will give the most precise shade! 

4. And you're done! (Also it doesn't matter if a foundation does not give perfect coverage. It does depend on your skin type and what type of look you're aiming for, but that's what concealer is for~)

Hope that helps!

Sorry for not posting recently T.T I have been busy with literally an exam (or more) every week. Holidays start soon so all those reviews I need to write will be written then, and scheduled to be posted weekly~ 

Till next time!