Make up Foundation To Match Your
Skin Type! Foundation Tips
how natural or dramatic your look, good make-up begins with a flawless
complexion. The right foundation will even out skin tone, conceal
imperfections and create a natural-looking finish, whereas getting it wrong
can look worse than wearing no base at all. Foundations are available in
different formulations designed to meet your individual needs. Choosing the
right texture (from silky liquids to creamy compacts), formulation (oil-free
or hydrating, for example) and shade (from pale ivory to chocolate brown)
depends on your skin type, skin colour, desired coverage and - of course -
personal preference. Here's how to achieve a perfect finish.
Choose a formulation that offers all-day hydration or one that contains
extra-nourishing ingredients, so your skin won't end up looking flaky and
patchy. Avoid long-lasting foundations with a silicone base because as they
dry, they also rob the skin of precious moisture.
If you have oily skin, opt for an oil-free formula that won't slip off by
lunchtime and that contains non-comedogenic ingredients that won't block
your pores or cause blemishes. For combination skin, look out for the many
new foundations containing a clever blend of moisturisers for parched areas
and oil-blotting ingredients to target excess sebum (the skin's natural
If you want a foundation that helps make your skin look younger, try a
treatment and base in one. Good ingredients to look out for include
liposomes for long-lasting hydration, sunscreens to protect against
skin-ageing UV damage and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) that encourage cell
renewal for improved elasticity and skin tone.
For sheer coverage
When it's hot, or if your complexion is naturally flawless, choose a sheer
formula or a tinted moisturiser with hydrating ingredients to boost
radiance, as well as an added SPF to offer skin daily environmental
protection. Finish the look with a little concealer to hide any tiny spots
If you want your base to stay perfect from application to removal, choose a
long-lasting foundation that 'grips' the skin and stays on from dawn until
dusk. Then, set the foundation with a light dusting of translucent powder,
remembering to shake off any excess powder from the brush first to avoid a
caked-on look. Finally, spritz your entire face with a fine mist of mineral
For make-up on the go, a compact or stick foundation offers fast, effective
coverage. A compact is versatile - apply with a dry sponge for complete
coverage or use a damp sponge for a sheerer finish. Slick on a stick
foundation straight over skin and then blend with your fingertips. Both are
great for minor touch-ups throughout the day.
Well-applied foundation will look smooth, even and 'invisible', rather than
caked-on. Follow these basic steps for a flawless finish:
foundation where you need it - usually over the cheeks, nose and chin.
downwards and outwards from the centre of your face, use your fingers or a
sponge to blend the base smoothly and evenly.
concealer after foundation so that you can use it exactly where you need
it. Use a small brush for precise application and better blending.
finish, pat loose or pressed powder onto the skin with a sponge curled
round your middle finger. Use a rocking motion to gently pat on the powder
- never rub it in or your foundation will look patchy.
Few of us are blessed with flawless, perfectly balanced skin and pre-bases
can offer a solution to minor skin problems. Try a pre-foundation
formulation for a little extra help in achieving a perfect finish.
minimise fine lines and wrinkles and even out skin tone, opt for a
pre-base with light-reflective particles.
neutralise any flushed patches, broken capillaries and angry blemishes,
use a green-tone pre-foundation base