Foundation provides the bases for all great faces of make up. It’s so important when choosing foundation that the colour compliments your skin perfectly. The best way to find the perfect shade for you is to put a dab of foundation on your neck, it should be almost invisible if not your foundation isn’t going to blend with your skin tone and you may be left with the dreaded tide mark effect where your make up ends and your skin tones revealed.
There are so many products on the market today that all give different textures, looks and are all suited to different people and different occasions. Here at look fabulous well give you advice to help you find the perfect colours and products for you along with some handy tips on how to enhance what you’ve got!
Best Foundation for Skin Types
Foundation for Oily Skin
Oily skin is often shiny and easily can accumulate blemishes if a good cleaning regime isn’t being used. The aim for ladies with oily skin is to find a light weight foundation that doesn’t clog pores and reduced shine.
Cashmere foundation is great for oily skin, its oil free which always helps and provides a medium coverage which will cover any blemishes of imperfections oily skin may come with. However most importantly cashmere textured foundations are lightweight they glide over the skin with a really light fluffy texture whilst eliminating shine!
Powder foundations applied with a large brush are fab for oily skin. New minerals powder foundation from Avon provides light coverage especially for oily skin reducing shine and keeping pores unclogged.
Matte foundation is possibly the most common for oily skin. When you think of reducing oiliness and shine you think what opposite to counter act that look and the answer is matte! Matte foundation comes in a compressed powder that’s applied with a circular pad. Matte foundation creates a flawless look and dries like a soft powder on the face.
Foundation for Combination Skin
Combination is a very common skin type, it’s made up of two types of skin oily and dry, and they should be treated as two types of skin. The oily part of combination skin is often in what is known as the T-zone area, across the fore head, along the nose and chin. The rest of the skin on the face is usually dry.
The best foundation for combination skin has to be a cream to powder foundation, they are creamy in texture when applied which won’t dry out the skin. It dries instantly as a powder which effectively gives the oily T-zone area a matte appearance.
Cream to powder foundation provides full coverage and there is usually no need for concealer or powder to be applied before or after as its all built in. It’s available in a compact and applied with a sponge most often sold in the compact with the foundation.
Another good foundation for combination skin is liquid to powder foundation. It has all the qualities of a cream to powder foundation however like the name suggest it’s applied as a liquid rather then a cream. Liquid foundation works best when applied with a foundation brush, its important when applying liquid foundation not to use too much, a blob on the cheeks, nose, chin and fore head smoothed out blended is more than enough.
Foundation for Dry Skin
Dry skin tends to be flakey and patchy and often can look very dull. The best foundation for dry skin is one that provides long lasting coverage preventing needing to reapply throughout the day but most importantly keeps skin moisturized and looking fresh. A good cleanse, tone and moisturize regime will really help dry skin in the long run.
A really good foundation for dry skin has to be a cream to powder foundation, they are creamy in texture when applied which won’t dry out the skin. It dries as a powder which gives a matte appearance. Cream to powder foundation provides full coverage and there is usually no need for concealer or powder to be applied before or after as its all built in. It works very effectively at covering the face with a fresh even tone. They are available in a compact and applied with a sponge most often sold in the compact with the foundation.
Avon has just brought out a new foundation called ‘calming effects and illuminating foundation.’ It’s made specifically for dry and sensitive skin, containing aloe vera and lavender it sooths and refreshes dry and tired looking skin. The foundation really is a must have leaving skin soft, smooth and covering blemishes.
Tips on How to Apply Foundation and the Brushes to Use
- The join between foundation and skin tone should be seamless, always remember to blend paying special attention to the neck and hair line. Applying foundation in natural light will ensure coverage is even and give you the best results.
- When applying foundation less is always more, you want to stay away from the caked in mud look and steer more towards the fresh, light and hydrated look. If wearing a liquid foundation apply small dollops on the cheeks, nose, fore head and chin then blend with either a sponge or a foundation brush to cover the face.
- Instead of layering tones of make up over dark circles or blemishes use a concealer first. Choosing one in a green shade to cover red blemishes and a yellow tinged one to cover circles under eyes will work a lot better then one that’s the same colour as your skin. The green will counteract the red whilst yellow counteracts the dark bluish grey circles under eyes covering them much more effectively. After the concealer has dried then apply your foundation sparingly.
- A great way to illuminate and refresh tired looking skin is to wear an illuminating face perfector, they can be worn alone or under foundation. Face perfectors reduce the look of pores, banish shine, smooth skin and illuminate using light reflective technology.