Thursday, 13 February 2014

Choosing Your Foundation

As foundation is the base to your makeup it's important you find the right one for you. There are lots of things to consider when buying a foundation, here are some things to help you.

The Right Formula For You

When you choose a foundation you should consider your skin type. If you have oily skin you might be best going for a matte finish foundation, or one that is oil free. Whereas if you have dry skin it's best to go for something more dewy. Also, if you have sensitive skin it's best to stay clear of fragranced foundations, mineral foundations might be a good bet.
If you have combination skin it shouldn't matter too much which finish you go for, it's down to personal preference.


Decide what sort of coverage you'd like your foundation to have. Consider what state your skin is in, if you have blemish-free skin then you won't need full coverage, if you are blemish-prone you'll probably want medium-full coverage. Another thing to consider is the season, in winter skin tends to be in worse condition so you may want a heavy coverage, but make sure it's creamy for that dehydrated skin! In the warmer months it's a lot more pleasant to be wearing a lighter coverage foundation, and something that'll last a long time in the heat.

Finding Your Perfect Colour Match

Normally I find it quite easy to colour match myself - applying on your hand isn't really a good way to judge a foundation shade, your hands tend not to be the same shade as your face. Apply a little tester amount to your neck, blend down and if the colour disappears it's a good match for you.
At highend makeup counters it may be more difficult to colour match yourself, sometimes they don't have samples out, perhaps there's much more choice so you can't decide, or maybe you're in MAC and are confused with the N's and C's (N means warm - best for pinkish skin, C means cool - best for yellow or olive toned skin) - If this is the case then ask for help. There'll be someone who works in the store to help colour match you perfectly. Something important to consider is a lot of foundations will oxidate, which means they can get darker after they've been on the skin for a while, so it's best to go away for a bit and see if this happens before purchasing your product.


For an everyday foundation SPF is always a good idea, most foundations will have an SPF in them but it's always good to check. If they don't then make sure your moisturiser does!
However, if you're looking for a foundation for nighttime use only (going to clubs, parties, dinners) then an SPF free foundation will photograph better - you won't get that ghostly white face SPF gives you with flash photography.

I hope you found this post helpful!
Happy foundation shopping!



  1. This is a really informative post! Choosing a foundation is so important, it's something you potentially end up spending a lot of money on too :)
    Bea x
    Bea's Beauty Blog

    1. Thanks :)
      I definitely agree! It's important to get it right, it can make a huge difference having the perfect foundation. x

  2. Such a good post!

  3. The SPF point is good, although I tend to stick to cheaper ones for nights out as it all comes off anyway! xx Rebecca - UK style blog

    1. That's a fair point…but also for things like weddings, non-crazy parties, and things like that, it's nice to have SPF free x

  4. Thank you for this post, very helpful :)

    xo Mélane
    Selfhelp | Inspiration | Motivation

  5. I wish I had these tips in high school, because when I first started wearing makeup, my foundation was waaay too light for my face. Getting a perfect color match is definitely important!

    1. Haha, I think we all had makeup mishaps when we were younger! x

  6. Great post x

  7. I have always wanted to try the MAC face and body but I'm so content with my Pro Longwear one that I'm afraid I might be disappointed in the amount of coverage it'll give me.. Hmm.. Struggles haha!


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