The endless struggle to find the perfect foundation is common for all women out there. Though the list of mistakes is endless, one usually makes these two blunders! (I have done it too, guilty as charged!)
Using foundation as the one-in-all wand! Quit this habit, if you want that professional flawless look. Foundation is not to add layers or cover all your dark circles and blemishes. It is primarily to give a base and even out your skin tone with a little or medium coverage or literally as the word says – to give a ‘foundation’ to your make up!
Picking the wrong foundation without checking the undertones, oxidizations, skin type and many more. Picking foundation the right way is as important as picking the right brand.
Now, let me take you through the 5 magic steps to your perfect foundation.
STEP 1/5 : FIRST THINGS FIRST
Pick as per your skin type. An oily skin should go for a water-based foundation to retain the glow and avoid greasiness and a dry skin should go for an oil-based to get that glow. The ground rule is to counter your skin type and make it even. More importantly, pick the one that lasts longer for your skin type.
STEP 2/5 : GET THE RIGHT UNDERTONE
They name it warm beige or cool blonde for a reason! Check your undertones to find your right shade.
How to check your undertones? Undertones are basically 3 types – warm, cool & neutral. Take a look at your wrist, check if your veins are greenish(warm) or bluish(cool) or somewhere in between both or purplish (neutral) then pick the shade accordingly.
STEP 3/4 : SWATCH TEST THE SHADES
Please avoid those wrist swatch tests and directly go for the cheek. Pick 3-4 shades and apply bars on your cheek next to each other and settle for the one that matches perfectly while retaining your skin colour. Do avoid going for lighter shades in foundation that makes one look like a zombie!
STEP 4/5 : TEST THE PRODUCT FOR OXIDISATION
But what is oxidisation?
Oxidisation is basically a product’s reaction when it gets in contact with air/oxygen. Just like apples oxidize!
I had once tried the L’oreal infallible one, it badly oxidized and gave a yellowish-brown tint to my face after sometime. So, do wait for 10 minutes to see if the shade gets any weirder. Just avoid the infallible one, others in L’oreal are amazing!
STEP 5/5 : THE PRO CHECK LIST
When you want to give that professional touch, you have to choose like one!
Make sure it blends well, is light and not cakey (though it depends on the blending technique but some foundations are heavy and give a cakey look anyway). Also, you should not feel the need to add another coat.
Mark my words, nothing beats Sephora in texture! It is so light and that perfect blend is a bliss!
Sun is there for a reason, and it perfectly shows if the look is blotchy or your right shade and to know if it looks flashy, try different lights or go ahead, take a picture and check. After all, that’s what we get ready for!
Don’t worry about dark circles at this stage, just check if it gives even tone and medium coverage.
Check if it counters your skin type and gives you the desired finish.
Try it with a concealer and a corrector to gauge that final look! Make sure the final look is not a heavy contrast with the rest of your body tone.
All this sounds a task? Just go for Colorbar’s foundation. It is simply perfect. Honestly, I under estimated it but it proved me wrong and goes with my check list.
My preference –
I have a pale-fair skin tone (warm) with highly sensitive and combination skin type. So, I usually place my bets on Colorbar or Maybelline and Sephora is gold for me!
Hope the article was helpful and yes the next time you buy a foundation, make sure to check with the steps and buy like a PRO.
Written by Shreta Jhaveri
The writer is a beauty & fashion enthusiast. She loves learning and experimenting with the latest beauty fads and evergreen remedies. She is here to share the best of her tried and tested beauty hacks that really work for one and all!