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How to choose your foundation in 5 steps

Unfortunately, our skin is not the one we used to have as a baby anymore. Acne, red spots, scars, blemishes and others are giving us hard times. But good news: foundations are getting better and better to help us hide little imperfections and take good care of our skin. Here are 5 tips to help you choose THE ONE.

1 – Don’t choose whatever texture you’ll find

Either liquid, powders or creams, we have plenty of choices, but you’d better choose the one that fits your skin. If it’s sensitive, choose a liquid and moisturizing foundation. But if you have oily skin, you’d prefer a powder foundation. You can also choose BB creams that act like a day cream: they moisturize and cover your imperfections (but not as much as a foundation). They suit normal skins better, though. If you don’t really know your skin type, don’t hesitate to ask professionals.

2 – Be careful about the shade

It seems a bit obvious, but be sure to exactly match your skin colour and the shade of your foundation. There is nothing worse than a foundation that doesn’t match your real skin colour, but it’s better lighter than darker. Also, don’t forget that if you’d like to try one, don’t do it on your hand but on your face because the skin colour is not the same. Try it on your jawline so that you can actually see the result. Try to do it with a natural light so you can see what it’s like when you go out. Remember a foundation shouldn’t be used to make you look like you’ve been under the sun for hours. It’s only to give you a fresh looking face.

3 – Choose the coverage you really need

Again, you’d do that depending on your skin type. If you have acne and red spots, choose a creamy solution that will cover them better. If not, you can choose a fluid foundation. And if you have an oily skin, choose powders because they give a matte finish, they’re also really light and they don’t obstruct pores. Bronzers are also really good in summer to give you a little tan, but don’t use them too much, you only need a little touch on the cheekbones, on the chin and on the forehead. Don’t forget to give your foundation a try before buying it, and remember that the more it covers your skin, the more your face looks unified and fresh: that’s why you can first use concealer and a light foundation afterwards.

4 – Pay attention to the result on your skin

Meaning that you really don’t want your foundation to leave any smudge on your face. Remember powder gives a matte finish, whereas creamy and fluid foundations give a brighter look, even shimmery for some of them. So again, don’t forget to try before buying.

5 – Choose your tools

You can totally apply a liquid foundation with clean hands, even if a flat brush or a beauty blender sponge is perfect. But for powders, choose a brush that will allow you to make very precise gestures and use less product.  Use it from the center of your face to the outside. But then again, sponges are perfect for those who are not really good with brushes, and they’re much more economic. Use it for eyebags and on your nose. Don’t forget to clean all your tools regularly to avoid any bacteria and spots.