Thanks for the positive responses on my series on "What do I need to purchase to start my makeup collection?". I am happy that you find it exciting to read my advises and thoughts! You don't know how much I appreciate it!!! :D Made me an energizer bunny! THANK YOU!!!!
As promised, here's the next installment, this time, let's talk about FOUNDATION!
How do you choose your foundation?
First you have to know what are the types of foundation available ---
Oil-free and matte liquid foundations -
lasts longer on oily skin, but can make your skin feels dry and flaky.
ex. Nars Balanced Foundation, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation, YSL Matt Touch Foundation etc..
Ultra Matte Foundations -
great for seriously oily skin, goes on very heavy and can leave the skin very dry.
ex. Clarins Ultra Matte Oil Free Foundation, Guerlain Fleur De Teint Ultra Mat Perfect Wear Foundation, Dior Skin Ultra Matte Foundation, Clarins Truly Matte Foundation, etc...
Water based and Standard Liquid Foundation -
Best for normal to dry skin. Coverage is light and sheer, can goes on smoothly when applied, shows a slight shine. Super oily skin can stear away from this type of foundation.
ex. Bloom Cosmetics Liquid Foundation, Maybelline Angelfit Liquid Foundation, Cover Girl TruBlend Liquid Foundation, Revlon Color Stay Foundation, MAC Select Foundation, etc...
Oil based foundation -
great for extremely dry skin, this can tend to be greasy if you have oily skin to start with.
ex. Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Foundation, MAC foundations, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation, etc... (NARS Foundation should not be included, sorry)
Pressed powder based foundation -
easiest to use, great for oily or combination skin. Dry skin can get a flaky skin if not used properly.
ex. Paul & Joe Protective Dual Powder Foundation, MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation, NARS pressed powder foundation, Maybelline Pure Stay Powder Foundation, Shu Uemura Powder Foundation, Revlon Color Stay Foundation, etc...
Cream to Powder foundations -
not for oily or dry skin, this is great for normal skin type. This is better coverage than pressed powder, blends on quickly and easily.
ex. Giorgio Armani Designer Compact Foundation, Prestige Touchtone Cream to Powder Foundation, Smashbox Conversion Foundation, Cover FX Total Coverage Foundation, etc...
Liquid to Powder foundations -
powder finish is not the best for dry skin. This works really well on normal to oily skin as the powder finish cuts down excess shine.
ex. Maybelline Wonder Finish Foundation, Max Factor Silk Perfection, Cover Girl Advanced Radiance Foundation, L'oreal Matte Cashmere Liquid Powder Foundation, Cargo Liquid Powder, etc...
Tinted moisturizers -
great for people who has great looking skin. Very minimal coverage.
ex. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Neutrogena Tinted Moisturizer, Stila Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer, Physicians Formula Organic Tinted Moisturizer, Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizer, Kiehl's Ultra Facial Tinted Moisturizer, Smashbox Sheer Focus, etc...
"What if you plan to purchase foundation for professional use?
Do I need to purchase all the shades and foundation types???"
If you are rich, please do! lol Purchasing foundation to start up your profession is quite difficult as you are unsure of the skin type and color of your clients. I remembered one gig I had and I was surprised to have a very dark client, I breathe a sigh of relief when I found my train case with a dark foundation! I mixed and match and that's where the love story of mixing foundation began.
Here are some tips to start off your foundation collection!
- purchase a light, medium and dark foundation, if you're unsure, do ask around, check with SA's as most of them have basic training. Ex. MAC NC15, 30 and 40 trio or MAC NC10, 35 and 42 trio
- mix foundation in same formulation - oil free, water based, oil based (check the labels)
- use the closest foundation shade to the client, slowly add in a lighter foundation little by little until you get the closest color. Do not squirt like there's no tomorrow! You are just wasting foundation
- try to purchase the lightest foundation that's a bit "ivory" in color. Do not purchase one that has a pink or peach cast
- if you're too lazy to wonder which formulation is which, try to purchase light, medium and dark color of the same brand to achieve the right consistency (but this is NOT required)
- just starting out and not enough funds? According to Basement Academy teacher Ms. Cheryl Cabanas, purchase Revlon's Custom Creation foundation, a cheaper way to have different foundation shades to choose from!
- do not overdo your foundation, as looking like you're wearing a mask is a big turn off
- do not try to cover your imperfections, natural beauty do need to come through and others do find your imperfections beautiful!
- remember to match the foundation shade with the neck color!
- applied foundation too light??? No need to wash your face, brush on a bronzer or contouring powder all over face!
Wow! Time flies so fast when I'm typing an article I enjoyed so much!!! Most information are based on my own research, books and notes from Makeup class, my own experience! feel free to give out your thoughts and ideas! I'd love to have a wonderful conversation with my readers! :D
Whew....thanks to Kim for the wonderful program, that's what I used to combine all the photos I got! :)
Hope this article enlighten some of you who are quite confused with foundations! :)
Next series? I don't know!
It'll be a surprise!
To be honest, I don't have any clue yet! LOL
So bear with me! :)
have a wonderful day!
** all photos taken from various websites