Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Putting your Best Face Forward: Starting with the Right Foundation

If you read my first installment of this series, then you are ready to move on to finding the right foundation for your skin type. If you haven't not be that person that skips ahead, go read the intro to the series first!

Now on to the good stuff. After reading the introducation you are probably more confused than ever about which foundation to choose as you can go with Revlon, Covergirl, NARS, MAC, Chanel, Clinique, and the list goes on and on...Below I will explain how to choose the type of foundation for your skin type and some of my favorites. This is not an all inclusive list and everyone is going to be different. So if you try something that I suggested and it does not work for you, please, do not blame me, it is all trial and error with this thing called makeup.

If you have dry skin, you want to stick to formulas that are hydrating and moisturizing as these formulas will put moisture back into your skin. You will more than likely benefit from using cream based, liquid, and some stick foundations. On the market are these new hydrating powder foundations, but that just sounds odd to me so I am not sure if I would recommend those, but to each their own, check them out, they may be amazing.
If you have oily skin, like mines, please for my sanity use oil-free foundations. Your skin will respond better to oil-free liquids and powder foundations. I have sometimes used souffle foundations and creams but I have to set them very well with powder. Mineral makeup has also been known to work well for Oily girls...think bare minerals.
If you have combination skin, you can go either way. Determine if your skin has more oily or more dry spots and choose a foundation accordingly. You will have more of a trial and error period than others, simply because your skin may respond to foundation differently in different areas. There are quite a few foundations geared toward combo skin out there such as Revlon ColorStay for Combination/Oily skin.
For all of you that are blessed to have "normal" skin...whatever that means, you might want to stick to just using a powder foundation or cream to powder as it is the easiest to apply. If you want full coverage or have some blemishes that you want to cover up, a liquid foundation may be a better option for you.
I know you are saying that is a ton of information Bobbie and there are a million products out there. You are most certaintly correct reader, and this is where you may have to do a little research. First decide what your price range is. Once you have that in mind, you can narrow done the brands that you will be looking to purchase from. I suggest you to go to a department store or local beauty store like ULTA and tell them the type of foundation you are looking for and get color matched. It may be a bit pricier than grabbing some Covergirl from Walmart but the initial investment of a higher end foundation is worth it.
Plus, insider tip, once you know your coloring for higher end foundations such as Chanel and MAC, you can just google them and compare them to drugstore and other brands. For example: I would google the following phrase: (MAC NC45 and Revlon Colorstay) and I would get tons of information on the best color of revlon colorstay foundation for someone who wears MAC NC45. WINNING!
I hope that this was helpful.  Please find below a list of some of my favorite foundations and the skin types I think they may work the best for. Feel free to ask any makeup questions in the comment box or send them to me on twitter @Bdenisecole

Favorite Foundations and suggested skin types:

MAC Studio Fix Fluid: Oily Skin
MAC Matchmaster Foundation: Normal/Combo Skin but I have found my Oily skin loves it.
Revlon Colorstay: Comes in Formulas for all skin types
Chanel Mat Lumiere: Oily/Combo Skin
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Foundation: All Skin types
Benefit Cosmetics Some Kind-A Gorgeous: Normal/Combo/Oily Skin
Makeup Forever HD Liquid Foundation: All skin types, trial and error
Makeup Forever Mat Velvet: Oily Skin
Mac Mineralize Satin Finish Foundation: Dry and Normal Skin
Chanel Vitalumiere Satin Smoothing Fluid Make up: Dry Skin
Urban Decay Naked Liquid Makeup: All skin types, trial and error
IMAN Second to None Stick Foundation: Oily skin and dry skin

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