I get asked a lot of questions about the perfect foundation shade match and I always try my best to suggest the best that I can as per my knowledge. But I understand that it isn't easy because I've also been through that struggling phase. Plus, there's also formula, finish and staying power that matters.
So today, I decided to sit and write the Ultimate Foundation Guide. Here I'll share lots of information and tips on finding the best one for your particular skin type. Read on to find out more.
Let's start with some basic questions.
Q: What is foundation and its actual purpose?
Ans: The foundation is basically that canvas on which you'll be creating that beautiful masterpiece using makeup. Its purpose is to create an even and uniform skin tone. Foundation is not meant to whiten the face.
Q: What is my actual skin tone?
Ans: Your skin tone falls within 3 basic categories.
1) Fair: Ivory to light toned skin
2) Medium: Beige to yellow toned skin
3) Deep: Medium brown to dark brown toned skin
These 3 are divided into sub categories but once you're sure about your basic skin tone, search for a suitable foundation within that range.
Q: What is skin undertone and how do I find out mine?
Ans: The skin undertone is a slight hue of color that shows on the surface of the skin. Undertones are either warm, cool or neutral. Look at the veins on your wrist. If you see blue veins your undertone is cool but if you see green veins your undertone is warm.
To make it a little easier I'll explain it this way:
1) If you have fair to pinkish skin, yours is a cool undertone.
2) If you have slightly fair to medium skin, yours is a neutral undertone.
3) If you have medium to deep skin, yours is a warm undertone.
Q: What is the best formula for me?
Ans: Foundation comes in the following formulas:
2) Mousse or Cream
3) Pressed Powder
4) Loose Powder
Your ideal formula depends on your skin type which should be either:
4) Combination (dry in winters and oily during summers)
Here's what these beauties have to say about some well known foundations. Click the names to read reviews.
Huda Naveed talks about the Catrice Photo Finish Foundation in 010 Sand Beige. Her skin type is Dry/Combination.
Umaima Mehtab has Combination skin and she uses Maybelline Fit Me Liquid Foundation.
Sorath Majid also has Combination skin and has reviewed Chanel Perfection Lumeiere Long Wear Flawless Fluid Makeup with SPF 10.
Zubaida Rasool talks about Color Studio Professional Pro Luminous Foundation. Her skint type is Dry.
Huda BBlogger has Oily/Combination skin and she has compared Catrice Infinite Matt Makeup in 020 Honey Beige and 010 Light Beige.
Availability: You can purchase straight from brand counters at major super stores and markets across the country. Online, go through Just4girls and Beauty Arena and Face Book pages in Pakistan.
There are various tools one can use to apply foundation. Preferably, brushes are the best to go for and are recommended by makeup artists and beauty bloggers alike. There are also sponge blenders and powder puffs but for liquids nothing quite works like brushes. I prefer the Sigma F 80 flat top Kabuki Brush (read review) and have been using it for 2 years now.
1) Brushes and beauty blenders for liquid foundation.
2) Sponge blenders for stick foundation.
3) Puffs for powder foundation. A puff usually comes along in the container.
4) Brushes for loose powder foundation.
5) Dense brushes and Beauty Blenders for mousse foundation.
That's it for my ultimate foundation guide. I hope you liked it and was of help to you. Do share your opinion in the comments section. Ciao!