Wednesday, 11 April 2012

What foundation should I be using??

Since starting my course, I'm constantly getting asked the age old question. "Can you recommend a foundation for me??"

Of course I can recommend one for you, but it mightn't suit your skin perfectly.

Here are some tips for choosing a foundation! :)

- Find out your undertone. You'll be either Pink or Yellow. Some lucky ducks are neutral, but most of us Joe Soaps fall into Pink or Yellow.

Pink Tones:
Typically Irish skin, will burn quite easily, wont tan very well. The vain's in  your wrist will look very blue. You can place something orange up to your face and it wont look right. If you have these characteristics, you are pink toned. (NW in Mac terms!)

Yellow Tones:
You will be quite sallow skinned. Your skin will tan easily. Your vain's in your wrist will have a greeny tinge from them. Holding up something orange with look good against your skin. (Basically the opposite of pink!) (NC in Mac!)

When you have tan on, you automatically turn to a yellow tone! 

Now that we've decided your under tone, we can move onto skin type. 

There are 3 main skin types
  • Oily
  • Dry
  • Combination 

Oily Skin :  Oily skin tends to generally have an excess produce of sebum in the skin which makes it produce more oils. This will leave a layer of oil on the skin that will give it a shine through out the day. Oily skin will tend to have larger pores and makeup will not sit on the skin all day if it is not powdered.

Dry Skin : Dry skin, is well, just skin that is dehydrated. This skin needs lots of moisture. Dry skin tends to have dry patches on it, and can generally feel tight when coming out of the shower.

Combination Skin:  This is a mixture of the 2 skin types above. Or it can be Normal/oily or Dry/normal. 

Recommendations for foundations*: 

Right here we go. 

Oily Skin- Us oily gals need longevity in our makeup. So when looking for a foundation, generally look for ones that say "long wearing" etc.

  • MAC Studio Fix Foundation
  • MAC Prolongwear
  • Chanel Perfection Lumiere
  • Revlon Color Stay in Combination/Oily
  • Makeup Forever Matt Velvet
We also need to set out makeup in place or else it will move around all day. A light weight powder can do that job if you're not overly oily. Laura Mercier translucent setting powder (€42) is a good one for this. MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural will take the shine away from an oily face but will leave it with a gorgeous sheen. And for full on powder there's MAC Studio Fix Powder. Now this can look a bit heavy so if you do chose to wear it, do spray your face with MAC Fix+ or some water to take away the powderyness.

Dry Skin- Dry skinned people need to go for something that is water based so its hydrating. Cream foundations also work well on dry skin. Dry skin will not get along with foundations that have "longevity" they will cling to every day patch and emphasize them
  • Face & Body MAC (serious LOVE for this foundation)
  • Studio Sculpt MAC
  • Illamasqua Cream Foundation
  • Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation
  • BB Creams
  • Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich Foundation
  • Revlon ColorStay in Normal/Dry
  • Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua
Generally for dry gals, anything with "hydrating" will do the trick. Minimal powder is needed to set foundation, however its still needed! I'd also recommend Strobe Cream from MAC or Illamasqua Gleam Cream, or even NARS Copacabana  Illuminator mixed in with foundations, or even as a base. These give a gorgeous sheen to the skin that dry skin is often missing. 

Combination Skin:  Combo skin is a toughy, as you are generally treating 2 different skin types.

Depending on what type of combo you are, you can take a pick from the ones above. There are 2 foundations that get along great with combo skin though
  • Makeup Forever HD Foundation
  • Clinique Super Balance
  • Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer.
Combo skin needs powdering where needs be. If you have an oily t-zone, push the powder into the skin, and if you have dry cheeks, sweep the powder over.

Makeup Forever HD foundation is a great all rounder. It will suit almost everyone, except those who are extremely dry/extremely oily. It  is demi matte and can be built up to medium coverage. It photographs beautifully. 

I hope this has been helpful to someone! 


*These are only my recommendations, go get a sample before purchasing!! 

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