Wednesday, January 5, 2022

How To Choose The Right Base Makeup


As a makeup artist, I was told so many times by my clients that the most difficult part in trying out makeup is to pick or buy the right base makeup shade.

I can’t blame them, as a Pro MUA, that was one of the most challenging thing for me to pick the right foundation or “mix” the right foundationt to suit the skin tone of my client.  Trust me when I say, the huge horror as a make up artist is when clients take photos with “flash” and they end up looking like floating heads!  

Worst, they would complain and tell you their foundation DO NOT MATCH!

After  more than a decade of practice, I’ve got my tips and trick right up my sleeves and I am sharing it here.

Very important tip: Pick 2-3 shades you think is closest to your skintone based from Sales Associate or your own eyes! 

As for this tutorial, I am using Laura Mercier’s newest base - a Tinted Moisturizer that says to give breathable coverage and a diffused matte finish.  This is an oil-free formulation that feels very light on skin and gives good amount of coverage.  This is one of my favorite type of tinted moisturizer to date as most “TMs” tend to be more of a moisturizer with a hint of “color”.  As for Laura Mercier’s version, it seems like an equal amount of moisturizer and foundation! 

Laura Mercier 
Available at Rustans
Available in 7 Shades locally

After using this a couple of times here’s my quick review:
  • Nice packaging, squeeze tube with pointed tip making it easy to dispense the correct amount of product.
  • Very comfortable and lightweight.
  • Coverage is nice for a tinted moisturizer, buildable.
  • Does not clog my skin.
  • Works even for my dry patches.  Skin stays hydrated all day.
  • Color stays true, did not turn dark or create white cast.
  • Has SPF20, enough for indoors.  (Please wear separate sunscreen if you stay outdoors).
  • Oil-free, talc-free, sulfate-free.
  • Works for my sensitive skin.

You will need to set this with a loose powder or powder foundation to keep this tinted moisturizer longer i a hot and humid weather like the Philippines.  Even if I have dry/normal combination skin, I find it more comfortable to always set my liquid/cream based makeup with powder for it not to move much.

Now here’s how I would teach my clients/students on how to choose the right base makeup.  You should never do that at the back of your hand but on YOUR face! 

Hope you learn something from me today!  

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