When you have the right foundation on, you can’t even tell you have foundation on. Everything seems right with the world and you feel like an easy, breezy, beautiful–yeah, you get my point. But when you have the wrong foundation on, you become the latest joke on someone’s Instagram feed. When looking for your perfect foundation, you will come across MANY wrong shades before you find the right shade. There are undertones, different amounts of coverage and textures to worry about. We all know what bad make-up looks like, but sometimes we may forget to self-examine ourselves. Ask yourself these questions when you do your make-up in the morning.
Can you see my foundation?
Sounds simple, but a lot of women forget that we aren’t supposed to know you have foundation on. When you do your make up in the morning, apply foundation just along your jawline. If it doesn’t disappear within a few minutes, it’s the wrong shade. You shouldn’t be able to see it at all.
Does my foundation look ‘cakey’?
Cakey make-up is the result of not using the correct foundation for your skin type. Foundations come in powder, matte, liquid and cream/cream to powder forms. All of these different kinds of foundations have a purpose. If you have oily skin you want to stay away from liquid foundations. If you have dry skin you want to stay away from powders and matte foundation. Of course there is combination skin, which will require you to try multiple types to see what works best for you.
What are my skin undertones?
Do you have warm, cool or neutral undertones? Undertones are very important when finding the right foundation shade. If you have warm undertones that are more yellow and gold, but use a foundation with cool undertones that are more on the red side then your foundation will look washed out. Look at the inside of your wrist and look at the color of your veins. Tap them a few times if they are not clear. If they appear green you have warm undertones. If they appear blue you have cool undertones. If they appear purple you have neutral undertones. Then, when you go looking for foundations, keep these undertones in mind when picking out shades.
Finding the perfect foundation is a daunting task. It is not for the weak or faint of heart. Make-up can be expensive, and most people don’t have the funds to waste on experimenting with shades. However, be patient. Don’t expect a quick fix. If the shade you picked doesn’t work, don’t wear it. Don’t put all your trust in the make-up artists behind the department store counters either. It never hurts to be somewhat informed of the purchases you make. Happy Hunting!
Editor of Health and Beauty, Brandi Giles