It can be an absolute nightmare to find the perfect foundation. I want to tell you how to find your perfect foundation because it took me 20 years and a lot of messing with my skin to find the perfect one!
There’s a lot to bear in mind and, If I knew all of this before messing up with my skin so much, my life would’ve been a lot easier.
With this and my 6 beauty essentials for your skincare routine you’ll have the face of a goddess!
1. Identify your type of skin (dry, oily, combination or balanced)
It’s really important to identify your type of skin. If it’s dry you need a foundation with moisturizer and forget about powder versions. If it’s oily, what you really need is an oil-free foundation, you can use some powder but just a tiny little bit and always after your foundation.
You can have a combination of both, which means that some areas like your nose and forehead might be really dry and your cheeks and jaw can be oily, in that case, use facial lotion to keep it balanced and moisturizer at night.
2. Decide what kind of coverage you want
This really depends on how you like to see yourself. I love my freckles so I use a light foundation to cover the imperfections but still have a really natural look.
If you want to cover acne marks you might need medium to full coverage. For night looks I recommend medium coverage to avoid looking shiny if you sweat.
3. What kind of finish do you want?
Again, this depends on you. It can be matte, natural or luminous. I don’t recommend you going for matte if you have dry skin, it won’t allow it to breathe as much. Natural foundation will give you a smooth, weightless, uniform look, perfect for uni or work. Matte is more velvety and gives you that shine-free finish.
4. Figure out your undertone
The undertone will define how the foundation looks on you. This is why it’s so important to try the foundation before buying it. I’ve bought dozens of foundations thinking that they were perfect for me, then tried them home for the first time and looked like Marge Simpson.
If you have a cool undertone, you want your foundation to look pink in the bottle, if your undertone is warm, then the foundation shade should have a subtle yellow or golden tone.
How to figure out your undertone: turn your light on, push your sleeves up and look at the veins on the inside of your wrists. If they are purple, you are a cool skin undertone, if they are green you are a warm undertone.
And that’s it! It wasn’t that hard, was it? I’m giving you an example of my foundation. I am ginger and really pale, I need some sunscreen in my foundation, and my skin is insanely dry. My undertone is cool. This is the foundation (£33.50) that changed my life. I hope this how to find your perfect foundation post helped you a lot!