Makeup Tips

Start with a Good Makeup Foundation

The successful application of cosmetics for a beautiful look begins with good foundation makeup to prepare the facial “canvas” for other products. Finding the right foundation involves knowing a few things about your skin. First, you need to take into consideration whether or not your skin is oily and prone to breakouts. If so, you should choose an oil-free formula. Next, you will determine whether your skin has warm or cool undertones, which are the colors that lie beneath the skin, casting a shadow. Unlike the tone of your skin color, which can change, the undertone never changes. If you see a pink, red, or even bluish shadow to your skin, you have a cool undertone. If you see a yellow or golden shadow, you have a warm undertone. Another way to determine your undertone is to look at the veins inside your wrist under natural light. Blues veins indicate a cool undertone, while green veins signify a warm undertone. If, based on both these observations, you can’t tell which category you fall into, you are considered to be neutral.

Many top foundation makeup lines include formulas that have sunscreen. This is a nice option because it gives you protection against the sun without having to think about it. A nice product to try is Lancôme Oscillation Foundation, which is a mineral foundation with SPF 21. The micronized mineral powder is broken down by micro-vibrations when using the velvety cushion applicator, for an impeccable feather-light coverage that lasts for hours. This process visibly erases pores and refines skin texture, resulting in a polished complexion. With SPF 18, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Cream Foundation is formulated with caffeine to awaken and firm tired skin. This product is dermatologist tested to be safe on sensitive skin, and delivers luminous coverage.

Many women first start with a liquid formula when trying foundation for the first time. Estee Lauder Performance Liquid Makeup is a basic formula that won’t clog pores and provides light to medium coverage for a fresh, radiant finish. An oil-free liquid worth trying is Clarins True Radiance Foundation, which illuminates the complexion, regardless of lighting or climate, resulting in radiant flawless skin. Gold pigments amplify the light for a spectacular effect.

If you prefer a cream formula, SK-ll Facial Treatment Foundation is an option that contains skincare cream combined with foundation in one product. The emollient Marine Sterol, derived from seaweed, and Rice Sterol, extracted from Japanese Rice Bran, combine together to leave skin with a luxurious texture and a translucent finish.

In addition to the standard liquid and cream formulas, there are some newer products available. For a light airy cloud application, consider trying a mousse. Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Mousse Makeup gives normal skin types natural coverage while letting skin breathe. This flawless finish enhances your skin without the appearance of makeup. L’Oreal True Match Roller has a unique roller applicator which applies the perfect amount of makeup for smooth, even coverage resulting in an airbrushed finish. This flexible applicator bends for the hard to reach curves of your face eliminating streaks and smudges.

Now that you are ready to shop for your perfect foundation, you have the base for creating your own makeup masterpiece.

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