The next step, after skin care, in a good makeover is to create an even toned canvas. This is done with foundational makeup.
When choosing your foundation there are four things to consider:
- Moisture: foundations come in many types and weights. Choose one that works well with your skin type. If you have oily skin, you do not want a cream foundation that has a lot of moisturizing in it; if your skin is dry, you may want to avoid a powder foundation, unless it is over a liquid.
- Coverage: If you have fairly even and blemish free skin, you may find a light liquid, sheer tint, or powder foundation to be enough coverage.
- Undertone: knowing your seasonal pallet is a huge help here. If you have cool undertones in your skin, you will not be able to get a warm undertoned foundation to blend well (or visa versa) If you are unsure of which you are, choose a neutral based color.
- Depth of color: Your foundations should match your skin color. Pick a color that seems to match the back of your hand, test a small amount of the colors you are considering to your jaw line, the one that blends completely (disappears) is the correct color for you.
A couple additional tips:
- Always use a makeup sponge or large brush (for powder foundation)
- Apply small amount to cheeks, forehead, chin; blend down and out.
- Blend into neck and decollate with makeup that remains on the sponge.
- Allow to dry before applying other products.