The Starting Off Project
I'm covering all the basics of foundation in this weeks Starting Off Project. For a perfect base, this makeup product is essential!
So what is foundation? Foundation is a makeup product used to cover your entire face for even skin tone and to blur any imperfections. Often times you can find yourself having a good enough skin day to forgo foundation, but for most it is the staple of any good makeup routine. It comes in a variety of formulas, each more suited to one skin type than another but all requiring a little experimentation. Here, we work off our natural skin tone colour and if we aren't entirely sure on colour matching, we go for the lighter shade.
To pick a foundation, we need to examine our colouring. Warm, Cool or Neutral are the main underlying colours for skin. The best way to determine this is to have a look at the inside of your wrist in natural light while making a fist. Predominantly blue veins means you're Cool toned, green says Warm. If you have a mixture then you're Neutral, which means you can get away with having Cool or Warm toned makeup.
Then there's the type of coverage you're after. If you're one of the lucky few with glorious skin and few imperfections, you might want to plum for a sheer foundation. This will give you just a touch of colour and improve any discolouration. Light to medium coverage is a preference. A lot of BB creams have fairly light coverage but most foundations sit within the medium coverage scale. I opt for medium coverage during my 'problem' days where my skin my not be feeling at its best or I'm experiencing a breakout.
Lastly, the formulation. Liquid foundation is probably the most commonly used and one of my favourites is Revlon Nearly Naked. It's perfect for all skin types and usually has a lighter coverage, but is not always the case. It can come in a variety of finishes ranging from dewy to matte and is most commonly applied with a brush but a lot of people prefer to work it in with fingers. Cream foundation is ideal for anyone with dry, combination or normal skin and leans more toward the fuller side of the coverage scale, has a dewy finish and should be applied with a brush or sponge. The only cream foundation I use is Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse as most can be a little too much for my skin. For the oily skin beauties, powder-based foundations absorb excess oil while leaving a matte finish and is usually applied with a brush. My powder of choice (for setting my foundation mainly) is MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural. A mineral foundation is great for all types expect oily, especially those suffering from sensitive skin. This has a light coverage and matte finish that is best applied with a brush much alike to powder. ELF's Mineral Foundation is the perfect start for anyone looking for a bargain within this foundation type. Lastly, there are tinted moisturisers or BB/CC creams. Great for anyone who's skin is a little dehydrated for a 'barely there' makeup look. Apply something like Dr. Jart BB Cream with fingers for sheer coverage that's ever so slightly dewy.
Flawless complexions come with a little work, but if you pick the right foundation for you it can appear effortless. Don't worry if it takes you a while to get the right one for your skin type or colour, it's all about experimentation and is half the fun.
Have you got a favourite foundation that you can't live without?