Foundation is, quite literally, the base of a good make-up look. But how do you figure out what's the right foundation for you... and how to put it on?
Here are five tips to help you out!
1. Consider your skin type. Look at your T-zone. Are you a bit shiny? If so, buy yourself stuff for oily skin. If you are more matte, you probably run the risk of getting dry skin... so buy your products accordingly. If your face has both going on, don't worry, there is a name for you, too! It's called combination skin and they make products for it!
2. Remember that we all change colour across the seasons. It is normal that you lose a little bit of your sunkissed look in the winter. Don't forget to change your foundation accordingly... the number one thing that makes you look decidedly NOT tan is globbing on foundation that is too dark.
3. Speaking of globbing... don't use foundation as a mask. You should use foundation to correct blemishes and enhance your skin, not to cover it. That ends up looking cakey. You want to go for the most natural look possible!
4. Try out your colour on your nose. If it works on your nose, it is sure to work on the rest of your face. Don't try out the colour on your hands... they might be another shade than your face!
5. You don't HAVE to put foundation all over your face. Instead, you can blend it into your trouble patches. Put a bit under your eyes to hide dark circles and a bit on your nose. Then, use a light bit of powder to blend it with your natural skin tone!
6. Finally, make sure you mosturise! Even people with oily skin can have dry patches... hence the "combination skin" moniker. BB cream is a good combination product-- foundation and mosturiser! But remember that if your skin is super dry, the foundation won't go on as well.
Right, now you have the basics to find a good base!