Finding a Foundation That is Right for you.

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Finding the perfect foundation for your skin can be a long and expensive process, but there are a few hints and tips to getting it right along with a few golden rules to follow.

It is always best to get foundation at a department store, as the advisory staff at the different counters, can give advise on the best formulas for your skin and test different colours to find and exact match and coverage that your happy with.

1. Find the right formula for your skin, as a student myself I know that buying make up from a counter isn’t cheap as it averages around £20 a bottle. So if your looking for a ‘Drug Store’ brand look out for certain things when buying.  If you have oily skin look out for things like ‘oil free’ and ‘oil control’.  Got dry skin? the look for things that say ‘ Hydrating’ and ‘moisture-rich’ on the bottle. Combination  skin can be a little bit difficult when it comes to finding a foundation that’s right for you. First start with determining if your more oily or dry and start from there. Cream- to powder foundations work best for combination skin.  If your still unsure on which foundation to use mineral foundations work for all skin types especially on the more sensitive skin types.

2.  Figure out what sort of coverage you want, If you have good skin but want cover a few ruddy areas then a light coverage will work better for you, but if you have blemishes or light scaring I suggest a medium to full coverage depending on what you feel most comfortable with.

3.  Find a few different shades of foundation that are closest to your skin tone, yellow based foundation work for most people, but if your very fair like me, pinker shades work best.

4. Apply small amounts to the back of your wrist or crook of your neck, the shade that looks most unnoticeable  is the right shade.

5.  The best way to see if it’s blended in correctly and if it’s the right shade is in natural day light so go away from the store and come back to purchase once you have seen it in a better light.

TIPS

1. Foundations with SPF in them help protect your skin from the sun so keep an eye out for them.

2.  Believe it or not, today foundation is totally optional. It’s healthier for your skin NOT to wear foundation daily. If you have blemishes or pimples, try strategically placed concealer instead. Or just wear the foundation on the parts that need it most, likely around your nose and eyes and on your chin. Just make sure to blend properly.

3. Sometimes concealter on its own works for covering small blemishes so give it a try!

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