Tuesday, November 22, 2011

theprojectawesome basics: FOUNDATION 101

Finding the best foundation is not as easy as you might think it would be. You have to consider some things in order for you to know the foundation that will really suit you.

Here are some tips and tricks to help you choose the perfect foundation:

(You can watch the video HERE)


San San Matte Foundation
ELF Two Way Powder
ELF Tone Correcting Concealer
Fanny Serrano Two Way Powder in Rajah

Ever Bilena Precision Blender
In2It Waterproof Brow Powder
Dollface Cosmetics Vanity Palette
In2It Waterproof Gel Liner
Maybelline theMagnum Mascara

NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Edge Pink
NYX Matte Lipstick in Shocking Pink

1. Determine your skin type.

*OILY - Oil-free foundation and non-comedogenic products are best for people with oily skins. Look for a foundation that controls oil and shine. Settle for a water-based foundation.

*DRY - If you have dry skin, avoid using matte and powder foundation because your skin may appear flaky and you don't want that. Settle for a foundation that is moisturizing and hydrating.

*COMBINATION - There are many choices for people who have combination skin. Choose a foundation that has moisturizer in it but at the same time controls oil and shine. If you're going to use matte foundation or powder foundation, be sure you have moisturized your skin very well.

*SENSITIVE - You should be careful in choosing a foundation if you have a sensitive skin. ALWAYS check the ingredients of the product you're going to buy. Check if it's tested for allergies and skin irritancy. Avoid oil-free and fragrance-free foundations. Settle for ones that are water-based and non-comedogenic to avoid blocking of pores. Mineral cosmetics are best for people with sensitive skins.

2. Learn about the different formulas of foundations.

*Liquid foundation - I think this is the most common foundation and most used. Just always keep in mind your skin type if you're going to use a liquid foundation. If you have oily skin, go for the oil-free ones and if you have dry skin, look for the moisturizing ones.

*Cream Foundation - This formula is best for people with dry skin. This is also perfect if you want a full coverage because it gives heavier coverage than other formulas.

*Powder Foundation / Cream-to-Powder Foundation - This type of foundation is best for people with normal to combination skin.

*Stick Foundation - It's kinda the same with the cream foundation but it's more convenient and easier to use and apply.

*Tinted Moisturizers - This obviously not a foundation. It's just a moisturizer but since it's tinted, it's a great alternative if you want to have a light coverage and if you want to look more natural.

3. Determine your skin tone.

It's important to know your skin tone first before purchasing a foundation because you don't want to buy a wrong shade of foundation. Determine if you have warm, cool, or mixed skin tone. I've read this on Project Vanity's blog and other random websites that in order for you to determine your skin tone, look at the veins in your wrist. If the veins are green, then you warm skin tone. If it's blue, then you have cool skin tone. If you have both blue and green then you're kinda in between.

4. Test if the foundation matches your skin tone before purchasing.

A lot of people test the foundation on the back of their hands when they buy foundations. It's actually not ideal because your hands and your face have different skin color. It's better to test the foundation on your neck or on your chin because it's the closest one to your face. Try rubbing a little foundation on your neck and check it on a natural light. If the foundation disappears then it's the perfect shade for you.

That's about it! I hope this somehow helped you in determining the best foundation for you. Thank you! :)

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