How to Choose the Right Foundation

Interested in finding your perfect match… foundation that is? As a makeup artist in Vancouver, Washington, I get tons of questions about this topic, and it’s not surprising. All of us want flawless-looking skin, but it’s tricky to get it just right… and many of us don’t. From tinted moisturizers to loose powders, there are countless formulas and finishes to choose from. It can be easy to get it wrong. In this blog I will share with you a super easy way to find the right foundation for your own beautiful skin. Hint: Color is just one piece of the puzzle.  


Step 1: Determine your undertones


If you\’re choosing your foundation based solely on your complexion, therein lies your first mistake. It’s not about how light or dark you are; it’s about the undertones. The first step is to determine whether this tone is neutral, cool, or warm.  


Check the veins on your inner wrist. If they appear blue, you’re a cool tone. You want to look for a foundation that has rosier, redder, or a blue base.


If the veins on your wrist appear green, you have a warm undertone. These people also tend to bronze quickly in the sun. Warmed toned ladies should look for a foundation that has a golden or yellow base.


For neutral ladies, you\’ve got an equal number of blue and green veins, and you can pull off any shade of lipstick, eyeshadow, and foundation. Lucky you!


Step 2: Determine the right foundation formula


Cream, stick, liquid, powder… with so many formulas to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? The solution is in your skin type and whether you have dry, oily, or combination skin.


Ladies with dry skin should choose a liquid, stick, or hydrating powder foundation, while those with oily skin should opt for an oil-free liquid or powder foundation. These contain powders that absorb oil, leaving you with a matte, smooth finish.


Those with combination skin should strategically apply a powder foundation, which allows you to distribute more of the oil-absorbing makeup where you need it and less where you don\’t.


Step 3: Determine the right foundation finish


A finish is the amount of sheen a foundation leaves on your skin. The three types are semi-matte, matte, and luminizing. You’ll determine which one is best for you based on the “look” you’re going for.  


For a natural look, go with a semi-matte finish. It works with almost every skin type and is certainly the most common. If the packaging doesn\’t expressly say that the formula is matte or luminizing, assume it\’s semi-matte.


If you are going for an even, powdery finish choose a matte foundation, which will absorb excess oil in your skin. Look for bottles which say \”poreless\” and \”shine-free\” on the label. Have dry or mature skin? You can achieve the same look with a matte formula enriched with moisturizers.


Those who want brighter skin should look for a foundation formula with a luminizing finish. Infused with finely ground light-reflective particles such as mica and crushed pearls, it diffuses the look of fine lines and wrinkles and gives lackluster skin a youthful glow.


Special occasion? Want to leave these decisions up to a professional? Makeup by Monica has been providing quality makeup application in the Vancouver, Washington area for over 6 years.


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Vancouver, WA 98661.

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