How to: Find the perfect foundation for your skin


Finding the perfect foundation that matches your skin is probably the hardest and most overwhelming part when it comes to buying makeup. Before you pick your foundation there are a few things to take into consideration before buying the foundation.

1. What skintype do I have?
In order to pick the best formula that works best with your skin, you need to know what skintype you have.
Dry skin: Choose a moisturising liquid foundation that contains oils to help hydrate the skin. Look for words like “hydrating” or “moisture rich” on the bottle.
Oily skin: Choose a oil-free liquid or a powder foundation and look for “oil control” or “mattifying” wording on the bottle.
Combination skin: Determine if your skin is more oily or dry and go from there. Cream-to-powder foundations usually works great on combination skin.

2. What coverage/finish am I looking for?
Light, medium or full coverage? Depending on how “good” your skin is, choose a coverage that suits your needs.
Remember: The more coverage the more unnatural your skin will look.

3. What are my undertones?
Knowing your undertones is very important when it comes to finding the perfect foundation for you skin. If you have yellow undertones go for a foundation with a cool tone, for MAC foundation you would match with NC shades ( NC standing for neutral cool). If you have pink/red undertones find a foundation with warm undertones with NW shades (NW standing for neutral warm) for MAC foundations.

How to determine your undertone: If your veins look more blue you are most likely to have pink undertones. If your veins look more green, then you have yellow undertones.

1. If you are in-between two shades choose the color that is lighter. It’s easier to darken the skin by using Bronzer and contouring.
2. Try the foundation on your face (e.g jawline) not on your wrist.
3. If you have really oily skin, try to use a good face primer before applying your foundation.

Thanks for reading!


16 thoughts on “How to: Find the perfect foundation for your skin

      1. I use only a colored cream, like Essence My Skin or similar, to put a bit more color on my face because I’m pale, expecially in winter!

  1. Great tips, Nicole. Going to share this article on Twitter.
    I have a combination skin with the tendency of being sensitive, so i try to stick with Oil-free, dermatologically tested and suitable for sensitive skin type of foundations.
    For now my very favorite one is the Max Factor Facefinity All Day Flawless 3-In-1 – which combines the lasting power of a primer, the blendability of a liquid SPF foundation and the targeted coverage of a concealer.
    What more can you ask, right?!

    1. Thank you so much! I love Products with multiple purposes! I haven’t tried any Max factor Product but might check out this one! and thanks for sharing my post on your tweeter! You’re so sweet! x

      1. Actually i accidentally found this foundation, had a mini sample in one of those magazins and without even holing to find the right shade & texture i got the winner right there. Have a look on that one, you might like it.

  2. Really useful post! I always struggle with picking the foundation and I find that often you can’t really relay on the sales assistants to help you because they are looking at you in the wrong lights.. Weird, despite so many recommendations everywhere telling people to go outside to see how the foundation looks in day light not a single sales assistant has ever told to do that before they charge you.. Oh well. Anyway, I found another really useful article about picking the right shade (it also explains what MAC do if anyone needs help with that too). It’s here http://www.beauty.ps/blog

    1. Yes I agree, I rarely even ask the sales assistants for help anymore cause they always match me with the wrong shades. But I’ll definitely check out the article! Thanks

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