Hello, everyone! It’s beauty Friday 💃🏾. I can imagine choosing the right foundation is really hard…. Or not. Anyway, for the benefit of readers who are still clueless about how to choose the perfect foundation, I’ll drop juicy tips on how to do that. Generous much? Yeahhh.
There are four basic things to consider when choosing your foundation; skin type, skin tone, undertone and the desired coverage. Now let me explain (in Kevin Hart’s voice).

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1. Skin type: This is a very important factor to consider when choosing a foundation. You should try to understand your skin type; dry, normal, oily or combination when choosing a foundation.

If you have dry or normal skin, I would recommend a moisturising foundation. You should never ever use a mattifying foundation on dry skin. If you have oily or combination skin, it is advisable that you use a mattifying foundation. This would ensure that your overall makeup last longer.
If you have sensitive skin (anybody can have sensitive skin irrespective of whether you have dry, normal, oily or combination skin), you should always look out for any foundation that says hypoallergenic or noncomedogenic on the label. You can get this in both moisturising and mattifying foundations.

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2. Skin tone: This is equally an important factor to consider when you’re choosing your foundation. You should always remember that you want to create the illusion of a healthy, smooth and even colouring throughout your face, neck and whole body.

iman-shadesYour foundation should typically match your neck or your chest so you should never try out the foundation on your arm or on the back of your hand. If finding an exact shade for your skin tone is difficult, you might have to mix two different shades of foundation to get a foundation shade that perfectly matches your skin tone.

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3. Undertone: You might have the right shade of foundation that matches your skin tone but it still looks wrong. This simply means you have the right shade but the wrong undertone. Your undertone is that predominant skin tone after brown or yellow.

It is categorised into warm, cool or neutral. If you have a pinkish or yellowish tint to your actual skin tone, then your undertone is warm. If you have a reddish or bluish tint to your actual skin tone, then you have a cool undertone. If you can’t really decide what undertone you really have, then you have a neutral undertone. Your skin tone might change but your undertone doesn’t.

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  These are a few tips on how to determine your undertone;
– Look out for the veins on the insides of your arm or wrist. If they appear bluish or purplish, then you have a cool undertone. If they appear greenish or pinkish, you have a warm undertone. If you can’t really decide, then you have a neutral undertone.
– If you look good in mostly silver jewellery, then you have a warm undertone. You have a cool undertone if you look good in gold jewellery. If you look good in both gold and silver, then your undertone is neutral.

4. Desired coverage: The type of foundation you buy can also be determined by the coverage you desire. Different foundations give different coverage such as sheer, medium or full/total coverage.
– Sheer foundations (e.g BB creams) give next-to-skin/radiant coverage. This range of foundation can be used as a base for medium coverage foundations to achieve full/total coverage.It is also a great choice if you really do not want to wear makeup but you don’t want to look dull or pale.

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It is important to note, however, that sheer foundations do not typically conceal blemishes.
– Medium coverage foundations are my favourites. This is because I can achieve a skin tone finish (and still conceal my blemishes) or I can build it up to achieve full coverage (without feeling heavy or caked up).Medium coverage foundations come in-between sheer and full coverage foundations so it gives you the option of swaying whichever side you want (in my opinion).
– Full coverage foundations (like the name implies), gives total coverage. It’s the best option when you want a foundation that hides all your imperfections. They are usually thicker than sheer or medium coverage foundations and require more effort while blending.

It is important to keep all these factors in mind while choosing your foundation. You can try out a couple of brands so you can find the one that suits you perfectly. Till next time when I’ll be bringing you even juicier tips, stay beautiful.

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Xoxo, Eniola.‎

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