Foundation is the makeup bag essential. A makeup lover and their foundation is one of the strongest bonds in the world – and with good reason. Learn everything you need to know about foundation (and find your perfect match) with our easy guide.
What Does it Do?
Foundation is your makeup’s support system. For most people, it’s the first step in their daily routine (after moisturising and priming, ofc). It helps to cover imperfections, minimise pores, and neutralise skin tones – leaving you with flawless skin. Some even have added properties, such as SPF, to keep your skin healthy and glowing. What more could you want?!
With endless shades, coverage, and finishes (we could go on), there’s a foundation for everyone. Whether you’re fighting breakouts or after a picture-perfect complexion, it’s a makeup bag essential.
Find Your Shade
The first step in finding your perfect foundation is finding the right shade. Otherwise, you’ll be dangerously close to looking like a wotsit. To find the right shade, you need to look at your skin’s undertone. Your undertone unlocks the secret as to why some foundations may look like your type on paper but actually look ridiculous IRL.
Luckily, there’s a super easy way to figure out your undertones using the veins on your arms:
Cool undertones: If they look blue or purple, you probably have cool undertones. Opt for a foundation with pink undertones to compliment you.
Warm undertones: If they appear green, you probably have warm undertones. Opt for a foundation with yellow undertones.
Neutral undertones: If they’re blue-green, you probably have neutral undertones. Opt for foundations with slightly golden or peachy undertones.
Foundation for Skin Types
Foundation is basically you in a group project – it does it all. Whether you have dry skin, oily skin, ageing skin, or acne-prone skin, there’s a foundation that will fix your woes pronto.
Acne-prone skin: A full coverage foundation will hide blemishes, whilst a matte finish will stop any attention from being drawn to the breakouts you want to cover.
Ageing skin: Avoid full coverage as they may build up in fine lines and wrinkles- drawing attention to them. Opt for lightweight finishes to hide blemishes without highlighting signs of age.
Dry skin: Don’t be tempted by heavy coverage, as it will just flake away. A moisturising, lightweight foundation is your best bet. If your skin is super dry, a tinted moisturiser, BB, or CC cream might be better for you.
Oily skin: Opt for medium or full coverage and a mattifying finish to fight shine. Even better, you could go for an oil-free foundation.
We’re almost done – promise! The grand finale of foundation types is the finish.
Natural: Perfect to trick people into thinking you’re not wearing makeup.
Matte: An evening-look fave. The formula soaks up excess oil, so is great for those with oily skin.
Satin: Gives you a healthy glow. Perfect for those with dry skin, it’s not drying.
Luminous: An illuminating, radiant glow. Perfect for those who have normal or dry skin.
How to Apply
Now you know all about the foundation, you need to know how to apply it. The most popular methods are…
Using a sponge: A blending sponge gives you an airbrushed finish. If you want supermodel skin: Wet the sponge, squeeze out excess water, and dab it in the foundation. Then lightly tap all over your skin, turning slightly to blend.
Using a brush: The OG way to apply flawless foundation. Swipe from the centre of your face outwards to avoid streaks. Make sure you keep your brushes clean!
Using your hands: If you’re on the go, you can apply your foundation using your fingers. Work from the centre and blend out to avoid streaks. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, it’s best to avoid this method.