Foundation is the cosmetic base you use to cover blemishes and even out your complexion so that you have a uniform surface.
Few factors to consider before you buy your foundation that’ll ensure you get the most from the formula you choose.
1. Undertone; first you need to understand and determine your skin undertone, determine a few things about your skin, such as your undertone. Assessing your hair and eye is one of those few tests you could use in determining your undertone.
How does your hair and eye look? How do you react to the sun? What colour is your vein?
We have the three undertone types
COOL; your skin is more Red, Pink or Blue. Posses the black, brown or blonde hair combined with green, grey, or the blue eyes. They tend to turn pink or burn easily in the sun.
Are great in silvery coloured jewellery/metal
WARM; which means your skin is more Golden, Peach or Yellow. The warm undertone posses the naturally black, auburn or strawberry blonde hair with the hazel, brown or amber eyes. They bronze or tan in the sun.
Great in gold coloured jewellery
NEUTRAL; combination of cool and warm colours. Have the bluish green veins.
Wearing both silvery and gold coloured jewellery
2. Skin type; learning if your skin is dry, oily or combination, normal or sensitive will help you know the right foundation to choose
For the oily skin, settle for the matte foundation
Dry skin, choose a hydrating cream or stick foundation
Sensitive skin can go for the scent-free, hypoallergenic foundation type.
• Choose a full coverage foundation if you have an uneven skin tone.
3. Stripe test; finding your ideal shade by doing a stripe test on your jaw line down to the neck or stripe them at the back of your hand where your skin colour tends to be more uniform so you can get the best match. The one that blends in and literally disappears is your right shade.
NB: You can customize your foundation easily and faster
– Lightening foundation that is dark; this can be done by mixing the foundation with a primer, concealer or lighter foundation shade. You can as well use a wet sponge.
– Darkening a foundation that’s too light; try mixing it with a darker foundation shade or a dark concealer. Mixing with a bronzer to can help.