Lay That Foundation; Beauty, Makeup and More.
Makeup and construction have a lot in common. Did I hear you say impossible? Well it’s true. They share a ten letter word-“FOUNDATION”. The same way every construction work needs a foundation, every makeover session needs a foundation.
Before I got initiated into the foundation world, I remember being jealous of a colleague with a flawless skin, her face was perfect. I wrote off her complexion as one of those inherited blessings, and continued my normal makeup routine until I walked into the office bathroom one afternoon to her applying a fully loaded powder puff against her cheek. I was shocked. But I was also interested. I wanted to find out how to use foundation without looking as if I’m wearing a mask or the wrong shade; I wanted to know how to get that smooth face that seemed natural just like my office colleague had.
Foundations today come in different types: cream, powder, liquid, mousse and stick.
Before choosing the right foundation, you need to find out the right type for your skin. If you have an oily skin, look for words like “oil-free,” “oil-control” or “mattifying” on the bottle/tube. Got a dry skin? Go for moisturizing foundations with “hydrating” or “moisture-rich” wording on the bottle/tub. For combination skin (oily & dry), determine if your face is more oily or dry and go from there. Cream-to-powder bases work great for combination skin. Mineral foundations work well on all skin types, especially sensitive skin also.
The next step is considering if you want a light or medium-coverage. If you have a good skin, but want to even out a few blemishes, consider a light coverage. For women with really uneven skin tone or blemishes, consider a medium-coverage foundation.
To try out these shades, apply a stroke of up to three colors on a cheek (the inner wrist or hand aren’t the best spots, contrary to popular belief). The one that disappears is the right shade. Ensure you’re close to a window when trying it out, you can also use a hand mirror and stand near a doorway, or step outside, to see which foundation looks best in the natural light. The right shade is one that you can’t see because it blends in so well.
• Try the color out on your jawline, not your wrist or at the back of your hand.
• Remember to stand in a doorway or outside to see if the color matches.
• A foundation with sunscreen is a safe bet, but you will still need to wear sunscreen under your foundation to protect your face from sun rays.
• Foundation is totally optional. It’s healthier for your skin NOT to wear foundation daily. If you have blemishes or pimples, try using concealer instead. Or just wear the foundation on the parts that needs it most; just make sure to blend properly.
• Press a naked powder puff to your face after applying foundation.
It will help absorb any excess and push the foundation into the skin. Or you can use a puff or brush to apply a light veil of translucent powder, which will set the foundation.
My personal favourite foundation is the Revlon Colorstay which has variants that are perfect for oily, combination and dry skin. Check it out HERE