Foundation Facts & Skin Tones

The main consideration when choosing a foundation is to find one that matches your skin colour perfectly. Bear in mind, at the same time,  that the formula must be one that compliments your skin type. Foundations are available in various forms of liquids; gels; creams; solid creams, and a few more however these must be chosen dependant on how much clarity and cover you prefer. For young and fine skin, a thin foundation (light sheer liquids) is most suited. For a skin with uneven colour and/or  blemishes etc a heavy foundation is suitable, to cover the poor condition of the skin. For older skin, 2 coats of light liquid foundation is suitable- a heavier foundation may emphasize the lines and skin creases. Below I’ve put a few different types of foundations and which skin types they suit the best. Are you using the correct foundation on your skin? After all, you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a good foundation if it is not the correct type for your skin type:

Emulsions: These are packaged in tubes and are formulated for a variety of skin types- for dry skins, oily skins and normal skins. This gives less sheen than cream or liquid foundations, but cover blemishes very well.

Creams: These are packed in jars. As they contain a high proportion of oils, they are particularly suitable for dry skin. These also provide a heavy cover, but gives a glossy finish to the skin.

Liquids: These are packaged in bottles and can be formulated for all skin types. They give a light sheen cover but are too light to cover any blemishes and scars.

Gels: These are packaged in squeeze tubes. They give a light, natural look and are the variety you should use if you have a blemish free normal skin.

Sticks: These are the solid forms of foundation. Since they have a drying effect, use them on an oily skin. They hide blemishes and scars. Solid forms are popular for photographic and stage work but are too heavy for every day use.

Oil Based: is most suited for dry skin as this gives additional moisture. An oil -free, water based foundation (Cake or stick form) is most suited for oily skin. Any form of foundation is suited for the normal skin type especially, Emulsions and liquid foundations which can be used for any skin type.

If possible, before buying a new foundation try to view the colour on your skin in natural daylight, as artificial lighting can distort the shades and get the shade of foundation that matches the same shade as your skin. This is why generally if you are having your makeup done by a professional that they always ask you to face natural light through a window for example.

Foundation should be seen as a skin improver, and as such it is not made to hide blemishes or imperfections of the face, its purpose is to create a smooth even tone for the skin, make sure to conceal any spots that appear on your skin before applying the foundation.

There are two basic skin tones — cool and warm. You can decide what you are by investigating the color of your veins as seen on the underside of your arm. If the veins show through blue, you’ve got blue or white undertones, meaning you’re a cool skin tone. Those with green veins have yellow undertones and are therefore warm. But there are many more descriptions on how to determine your skin type, which may need its own blog one day.

Think of your skin tone like a natural foundation. It’s your starting point. Everything else is determined by that foundation. You can use that starting point to help you pick out everything from the right makeup to the right nail polish, and if you do it correctly, you’ll be amazed by the results.

Happy Woman’s Day to all the lovely ladies for today! Make sure you’ve been pampered and spoilt!

x

MissFitz

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