How to Choose The Right Foundation In 4 Easy Steps!

How do you choose the right foundation?

Many foundations are marked with the letters C (cool), W (warn), N (neutral), which stands for what undertone the colors have. A simple rule and a super trick to find your undertone is to check your blood vessels.

Do your blood vessels look blue? Then you have a cool undertone! But if you pull them more in the green direction, then you have a warm undertone.

It can also happen that a foundation oxidizes, which means that it changes color and becomes darker during the day.

Find the right foundation with 4 easy steps

Step 1: Find out your skin type

To be able to choose the right foundation, you must start from your skin type. It determines how a foundation will work on YOU.

Most foundations out there are water or oil based. They are good for you who have normal skin, but also work well if you are a little dry.

If you are very dry in the skin, I recommend a gel-based foundation, because they bind moisture in the skin and give you glow.

If you are very dry, you should avoid a full coverage foundation with a lot of powder. Then the risk is greater that you get a dry, flaky and cakey result.

If you have very oily or unbalanced skin with impurities or pimples, you should also avoid a matte foundation, as in most cases it emphasizes exactly what you want to correct.

Rather choose a medium-covering foundation with a little glow in it and apply a little extra concealer where needed.

Do not forget the powder for fixation!

How can it be that a foundation looks so different on two different people?

All foundations are different for different people and it depends not only on skin type, but also on how you prep the skin under your foundation.

Do you have a face cream that provides enough moisture? Do you use primer?

It affects the result and means that a foundation, which is great on any of your friends, does not have to look the same on you at all.

Step 2: Find the right color for your foundation

Maybe you have heard that you should start from your undertone in the skin when choosing foundation?

Many brands also divide their foundations according to just that. It may sound tricky, but the fact is that it is not that difficult!

Almost everyone is basically yellow in the undertone, regardless of whether you have a melanin-rich complexion or not.

Many people with lighter skin think they have a pink undertone because they have redness on their face, but it is not the same thing.

During all the years I have been doing makeup, I have only seen a few real pink undertones.

Most people go for yellow in different variations, even if you are very pale and it looks like red here and there, you are probably yellow in the undertone.

How do I know which undertone I have?

You see it most easily at the bottom of the neck or on the underside of your wrist.

Good tips! How do I know that I then have exactly the right color for my foundation?

The right color is not visible on the skin! It melts in and you do not see where it starts or ends.

If you want a tone darker for a lively and fresh feeling, you can, but then you have to be careful to pull down your foundation on the neck, no one wants a line around the chin!

Do not make the mistake of choosing a foundation that is too dark if you have light skin, it just makes you look orange.

Rather invest in a good tan without sun, so that you get to the foundation.

How can some foundations change color when applied?

This phenomenon is called oxidative foundations. This means that the makeup reacts to oxygen and air, which can cause it to change tone during the day.

This is usually the case with cheaper brands, not as often with more expensive variants, which contain better ingredients for the skin.

If you have a very oily skin with a lot of oil, the risk of your foundation oxidizing also increases.

I have a melanin-rich complexion and experience that I get a gray tone from my foundation, what can I do then?

To get rid of an ashy tone, it can help to turn to the tones that in stores are called red or bronze.

If that still does not help, you can buy a greasy base with pure blue pigment that you mix in your regular foundation to color correct it.

Then you need to test yourself to find the right amount of pigment, but usually it takes very little for it to do the trick.

Step 3: Apply your foundation smartly

Maybe you have lots of different brushes, maybe you smear everything with your fingers or you are obsessed with beauty blenders.

There are a number of different ways to apply foundations, but the most important thing is that your tools are clean.

I want to start by talking about sponges, because I know that many people use a makeup sponge for foundation that they never wash.

It’s awful, because bacteria accumulate in the fungus. The bacteria feel really good down in a fungus! They thrive and thrive really well, which is a disaster for your skin!

For the same reason, never use the puff in a powder box, that’s the worst I know. Big no-no! Then all the powder eventually becomes a large bacterial hotbed.

Tips for those who love to apply foundation with beauty blenders?

If you really want to use a sponge, you should really clean it after every time you use it. A sponge is almost only good for comprehensive foundations.

If, on the other hand, you apply my favorite foundation with a sponge, nothing will happen. It’s too thin! The sponge then absorbs all the product!

Is it okay to apply foundation with your fingers?

If you have a water-based foundation, you can sometimes fold it into the skin in a good way, because then you squeeze water out of the product but keep the pigment.

But keep in mind that foundation is made to adhere to skin, and what do you have on your fingers? That’s right, skin!

If you want to cover a little extra somewhere and press your fingers against your face, it is easy to remove product instead of building on a layer.

How do you recommend that I apply foundation?

Overall, I would say that what works best is a duofiber brush, ie such a brush that has two different lengths of hair, such brushes are often two-colored and are quite soft and scattered at the top.

If you use a duofiber brush and apply your foundation with light circulating movements, you will not see where the foundation begins or ends and you can work up a more comprehensive result if you want.

An old-fashioned foundation brush, which looks more or less like a brush you have when you paint a house, only makes it dull and uneven.

It is difficult to get a good, even and nice result with that type of brush.

Step 4: Clever fixation

The skin moves during the day and so will your foundation. If you have not done anything to fix it, it will move.

But there are simple tricks to make your nice bass fit better! The solution for a sustainable result is powder!

It dulls glossier areas, but also fixes your foundation, so that it sits nicely throughout the day.

If you want glow, you should not powder the whole face, but powder around the nostrils, under the eyes if you have concealer, in the mouth pores and on the chin.

Should I use setting spray?

Yes absolutely! You can use setting spray both before application and after, it depends on how dry your skin is.

A setting spray adds moisture – and moisture is binding, so if you have a moisturized surface, your foundation adheres much better.

Smart! Do you have any more wonderful tips?

Remember that the makeup goes in steps.

If you cover your face properly with foundation and then apply a lot of concealer “YouTube-style”, powder, blush and so on, you can count on it being a disaster.

It’s like a cake face recipe! Build your base with multiple layers.

If there is a little redness on the cheeks after your foundation, it does not matter, it then corrects itself with bronzer, highlighter and blush.

What is foundation?

Foundation belongs to the makeup routine’s basic wardrobe and has a purpose is to give a smoother skin tone, cover redness and make the skin look like “my skin but better”.

A foundation comes in lots of variants – everything from light coverage to full coverage. The latest trend in foundation is also that many variants should also have a skin care effect!

How long does a foundation last?

Like all other beauty products, a foundation is marked with a stamp in the form of a jar and a number. It stands for how many months the product lasts.

A foundation usually lasts for 12 to 18 months, but if you notice that your foundation feels dry, has changed texture and scent or layered, it may be time to discard.

How to choose foundation?

The first step to finding your perfect foundation is to figure out what result you want on your base. Do you want a matte finish or do you want the skin to radiate radiance?

And do you want high coverage or do you want the foundation to be easily leveling? It is also important that you think about the type of skin you have.

If you are dry, a foundation with caring content such as hyaluronic acid is great! But if you are instead oily and oily in the skin, a matte foundation can feel more appealing.

1. Foundation for dry skin, Futurist Hydra Rescue Spf 45 – Estée Lauder

When the skin screams for moisture, Futurist hydra rescue spf 45 is the perfect thirst quencher! The foundation has is thin in texture, glides fantastically over the skin and settles like a silky veil over the face.

The face gets a lustrous glow, a more even skin tone and at the same time feels moisturizing. And the effect lasts all day!

The fact that the foundation also contains spf 45 makes the beauty heart beat extra hard.

2. Sensitive Skin Foundation, Blur 16h Longwear Foundation Spf15 – Lumene

Regardless of skin type, Blur 16h longwear foundation spf 15 is a clear bestie in the basic wardrobe.

The vegan and fragrance-free foundation works just like an eraser and camouflages redness with bravura.

The finish is semi-matte, without the skin feeling flat or dry in any way.

3. Foundation for fat and oily skin, Infaillible 24H Matte Cover Foundation – L’Oréal Paris

A full coverage foundation can feel a little scary, but the budget cut from L’Oréal Paris shows that it is possible to use full coverage foundations, without the result being dry and cakey.

Infaillible 24h matte cover foundation has a thick texture, but melts nicely over the face. The foundation feels light on the skin, does not stick to fine lines or irregularities and does the trick for an oily t-zone.

Perfect if you have a skin that likes to be shiny during the day! The result is also impressively good.

If you have a greasy forehead, a transparent powder may be needed to slow down towards the end of the day, but at the cheeks, chin and even around the nostrils, the foundation remains almost flawless.

4. Foundation with spf, Original Liquid Mineral Foundation SPF 20 – BareMinerals

Baremineral’s latest addition to the foundation family quickly became a described favorite! Original liquid mineral foundation spf 20 is the liquid variant of the brand’s cult mineral foundation Original loose mineral foundation.

And just like the powder variant, the result is the perfect “no makeup makeup” look. The skin gets an even tone and nice glow, but still lets the natural shine through.

The foundation can also be built up to a higher coverage for those who want to cover the slightest defect. The foundation has spf 20, which is a big plus in the edge.

But remember that sunny days require proper sun protection factor and a pure spf is a must.

5. Foundation with desires, Studio Radiance Face And Body – MAC

The classic Face and body foundation has been given a new costume and a content that radiates a little extra!

Studio radiance face and body is reminiscent of the original in terms of packaging, texture and how opaque the product is, but gives the face (and body) a little extra shine.

The foundation is light on the skin, feels moisturizing and can be built up to the desired coverage.


Test the color thoroughly

If you feel that it is difficult to choose the right color, it is best to get help from someone in the store who is more knowledgeable and perhaps works with colors.

When you then know your skin tone and have chosen your color, make sure to also test the product on the face if there is a possibility.

Feel free to ask for a sample of your shade so that you can test it on a weekday before you strike.

Sometimes the shade can be changed (oxidized) when it comes in contact with your house’s natural oils, other products and oxygen.

That way, it can easily get a little darker!

I’m sure you’ve once experienced that the base sometimes looked perfect when you put on make-up at home before breakfast and later in the day, the color has changed significantly.



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