Tips for Choosing a Foundation!


During my foray into finding the perfect foundation, I’ve certainly learned some lessons. I hope that by sharing a few of these tips, it can help someone else if they are makeup newbies, new to foundation, or people who haven’t found the right shade or texture for their skin type. So without further adieu, here are my tips!

1-Know your desired coverage– When I was younger, I hated wearing foundation because it always felt too heavy on my skin. Now that I’m older and wiser, I know that my desired coverage is sheer to medium. Full coverage is just too much for me.

2- Know your undertones- This one is a bit trickier, but there are ways to know. Some common advice is if your veins appear blue, you’re cool toned (pink undertones). If your veins are green, you’re warm (yellow). If you can’t tell, you might be neutral. The best way to find out if you can’t tell is to ask a makeup artist at a counter. Picking a foundation is so much easier if you can determine this. For example, I feel that I look best with foundations that have peach tones, because I’m pretty neutral. Products that are too pink wash me out, and products that are too yellow make me look ill.

3- Keep a couple shades on hand- It is likely that your skin will change throughout the year, so you might need a darker shade and a lighter shade. Also, if you can’t find a good match at the store, you may have to mix and match to find your perfect shade and perfect foundation type.

4- Take advantage of samples- Many counters offer samples of foundations, and you can also get samples at Sephora. If you don’t live near any counters, this is something to keep in mind when you’re out of town! For example, I really want to try Chanel Vitalumiere, but I don’t live near a counter. While I was in Chicago, I went to the Chanel counter and they gave me some samples to try. When you get a sample, you can also get a couple colors to determine what your shade match is, and the makeup artist will ask questions about your skin to get an idea of what you need.

5- Use the best match as a frame of reference- When you find a good match, memorize that tone! I compare EVERYTHING now to NARS Sheer Glow in Santa Fe, because it is a perfect match for me.

6- Don’t be in denial about your coloring– There’s no use in wearing a foundation that is way darker or way lighter than your skin. Using a foundation that is too dark will be totally obvious when someone looks at your hands, legs, or arms (or your neck if it isn’t blended). All skin colors are beautiful; embrace yours!

7- Research what others wear- Read, read, read! Look at swatches online and check out what other people are wearing that seem to be your same skin tone.

foundation2Left to right: NARS Sheer Glow in Santa Fe, MAC Mineralize Moisture in NC25, MAC Face and Body in N2, Covergirl Stay Fabulous in 825 Buff Beige, and Flower Cosmetics in LF5.

All of the foundations pictured here are good matches for my skin. My favorite, besides Sheer Glow, is Face and Body. One last tip when it comes to foundations: know the return policies! You don’t want to be stuck with something that isn’t a match.

Those are my tips for finding a foundation match! Do you have any of your own tips?

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6 Responses to Tips for Choosing a Foundation!

  1. Luchessa says:

    Always good to know your undertone! Great post dear!!
    I’m ready to share 😀

  2. Good post with good tips! I’d also add, “Know your finish!” Dewy or matte? Girls like me with combination skin or some more noticeable pores wish they could pull of a dewy finish—but it’s not a great idea! 🙂

  3. satine89 says:

    Thanks for the post, dear! I think I may have found a solution to my super pale skin (that here in Italy seems like an alien feature..). I bought the White Face&Body foundation and I mix it with all of the foudations that are too dark, even if in the lightest shade!

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