For a flawless, unified base, foundation is an essential step that shouldn't be skipped unless a) you have perfect skin or b) it's summer time. For some, wearing foundation in the summer time just seems like an extra, unnecessary layer that will wind up dripping down your face if you sweat. But other than those few exceptions, foundation is an absolutely necessary component to your daily skin care routine.
This means finding the right foundation is essential for achieving a perfect makeup look. Unfortunately, many of us make avoidable mistakes when it comes to choosing foundation that works for us. That's why Get The Look is here to make sure you never have any slip ups the next time you set out for the beauty department.
MISTAKE #1: BUYING WITHOUT TRYING
How are you to know that a foundation is right for you if you don't test it out first? Believe it or not, many people skip this essential step. To properly test your foundation before buying, apply a small amount to the back of your hand and the inside of your wrist. These areas are the parts of your body that are exposed to the least amount of light, meaning they represent your true skin colour. If your tester foundation blends perfectly in these areas, then you've found the foundation for you!
MISTAKE #2: CHOOSING THE WRONG SHADE
There is nothing worse than wearing foundation that is to light or to dark for your skin tone (hence why testing is such a necessary step when buying foundation!). If you opt for a colour that is too dark, you often end up with an unnatural, orange complexion.
For fair, rosy complexion, opt for a beige foundation with a slight hint of pink in it. If you have slightly yellow skin, opt for a beige colour with yellow undertones. For dark skin, opt for products that are rich with red, black, or orange pigment, depending on the shade of your skin.
MISTAKE #3: NEGLECTING YOUR SKIN TYPE
Similar to foundation shade, there are many different types of formulas that work best on certain skin types. And although choosing a powder formula over a liquid formula won't make or break your beauty routine, choosing the correct type of formula will enhance your features and correct your flaws for a flawless finish. If you have dry skin, choose a liquid foundation that will moisturize your skin as you apply it. In this case, you can also opt for a BB or CC cream (especially in the summer time!), which goes on lighter, and will hydrate your skin even more.
If you have oily skin, use a matt finish powder foundation to get rid of shine and unify your complexion. Powder foundation as the power to absorb the oils, which makes it a great fit for those who have oily skin. You can also apply a loose powder over your foundation, and set the powder (or bake your makeup, in other words), to ensure long-lasting wear.
For combination skin (oily and dry) or normal skin, you can pretty much choose any formula you prefer! If you prefer more coverage, opt for a liquid foundation. But if you prefer a lighter feel, opt for a powder formula that you can gently brush across your skin.