Beginners Guide to Foundation : How To Find The Right Shade

how to find the perfect foundation: A beginners guide
different foundations with different shades and undertones.

The current cosmetic market is saturated in so many different products it can be hard to find you feet and know where to begin. Foundation can go one of two ways. Get it right and you have a flawless base that can illuminate your skin and is a great start to building the rest of your make up routine. Get it wrong and you can look streaky, patchy and even turn in to an oil slick. Here are some beginner tips and hints to getting it right.

What is your skin type?

Knowing you skin type is going to give you a good start for choosing a foundation. From this you can learn the ingredients that work best for your skin in order to make your base last.

Oily: Tends to have enlarged pores, suffer from blackheads, blemishes and spots. The texture of the skin can look shiny.

What foundation to choose: Powder foundations work well for oily skin (M.A.C has some lovely options). Liquid foundations need to be Oil free with a matte finish. Oily skin does well with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid as these help care for the skin throughout wear time. Tarte also offers some clay based foundations which can be great for oily skin.

Combination: Have oily areas especially around the T-Zone (Forehead, nose and chin). Other areas can be a little dry. The texture of skin can be shiny yet have dry patches on the cheek area.

What foundation to choose: Combination skin can make a foundation choice difficult. You are technically treating two different skin types with one foundation and expecting it to work. You will be looking for an oil free foundation, with a semi matte finish. Ingredients such as aloe vera will help the foundation balance your skins natural PH levels. Brands to consider are, Charlotte Tilbury, and the budget friendly L’Oreal.

Dry:  Can appear tight and flaky in areas due to a lack of moisture in the layers of skin. Texture will be matte and seem dull in places.

What Foundation to choose: Looking for dewy based foundations that contain the word luminous, glow or serum based. Ultimately you want a hydrating foundation so looking for water based and light foundations are key (when testing you want the product to swim around in your hand). Brands to check out include Maybelline, M.A.C and Clinique.

All skin can be Sensitive so I advise always using a foundation that includes an SPF. It is always important to check the ingredients for anything you are aware of that upsets your skin. If you are unsure always do a trial on another area of skin other then the face.

How To Get My Foundation Shade Right

The biggest mistake made with foundation is the shade chosen. The ranges of shades available is now bigger then ever so understanding your colouring is much more important when wanting to get it right.

Firstly you need to establish which colour section you come under ranging from light, medium or dark. An example: I am extremely fair, my skin burns just looking at the sun and therefore I fit in the light category.

Once you’ve got your colour section you are then spoilt for choice in the range of shades available. To discover which shade is correct for you, you need to understand your skins undertones. These are based around three options cool, warm and neutral.

Skin Undertones Explained

Cool: Skin will have a reddish or pink complexion. I read in cosmopolitan if you have cool undertones your veins will appear blue in colour whilst warm skin tones veins appear green. When buying a foundation the formula itself should have a slight pink hue.

Warm: Skin can appear yellow, olive or chocolate meaning you need to be looking for a foundation where the formula appears a slight yellow in colour and can often be described as golden, warm or honey on the packaging.

Neutral: Having neutral undertones means you are in the middle of both, there are no visible cool or warm overtones in your skin. Picking a foundation you can stay in the middle of both the cool and warm spectrum although a warmer tone can neutralise green area of the skin.

By looking at the two factors mentioned it should now become easier to find a foundation shade that is right for you. If you are in any doubt and worried about buying a shade you can always pop to your local department store where they now have many make up counters which can help you out in getting it right.

I hoped this has helped in gaining understanding and knowledge of skin types and tones, especially when using the information to buy an accurate coloured foundation. As always skincare is essential in helping achieve a flawless base, I have a post on my seven step skincare routine available if you wanted information on skincare.

Have I missed any of your top tips when buying a foundation? Do you have any brands that work well for your skin type? If so please share in the comments section so we can all find new things that may work for us.

My next post will be available on Tuesday. Wishing you all a great weekend.

Kate x

NARS are upping the foundation game in 2018

Today I’m going to be talking NARS natural radiant long wear foundation … try saying that with a mouth full of Malteasers. Now this is one hyped foundation with many feeling it’s the foundation of the year when we have only just seen the back of January. It is one product I simply had to get my hands on and test, is everything I’ve heard true?

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Starting with the basics, NARS radiant long wear foundation retails at £35.00 for 1fl 0z. / 30ml which gave me a slight nose bleed but it is NARS so to be expected.

I have to give NARS a big congrats on their shade range as this foundation is available in a massive 33 shades ranging from very light to deep. The shade pictured is “Oslo” (light 1) which is the lightest shade of the range.

“A little advice if your going to order the foundation online and are worried about choosing your shade I used the NARS website to determine my shade and then bought from House of Fraser website as the shipping on NARS was slightly high (I will link both sites below).”

Last thing to note and its a biggie, NARS is promising the foundation has 16 hours worth of wear. Yes you read right 16 hours!!

Upon using I found that this foundation is very thin and liquidy which is very surprising considering the amount of coverage you gain, making it easy to build to the ideal look you want. Two pumps can be used to cover the whole face creating a blank canvass with all natural redness and dark spots covered. (below I have included a photo of the coverage achieved on my tattoo for an example)

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Due to the texture being so thin it leaves a lightweight feel which I am all for as I do love being full coverage but hate the feeling of being weighed down by foundation.

I have to go back and compliment NARS once again on their shade range! I think this is the closest shade to my natural skin tone I have ever had and for me this is everything as I normally have to use a whitener to tone down other foundation shades. From looking at the whole range available it would be shocking to me if I heard someone was unable to find a shade that was right for them.

Speaking of the shade, once applied it does oxidise ever so slightly, the colour change is barley noticeable so I am not mad at it and I’ve used other foundations where the change has been way more dramatic and I’ve looked like a walking spray tan gone wrong.

The finish is beautiful, giving a smooth complexion and no caking. It is not a full matte product so it doesn’t dry down fully meaning you can actually raise an eyebrow without feeling your face is going to crack into a million pieces.

Saying this I did need to set with powder paying particular attention to my T-Zone area as I get oily here throughout the day, I did feel the foundation would just run off this area if not set right therefore achieving a look I was not going for.

The foundation worked well with other product and stayed in place without being stripped away or caking up throughout liquid concealer application and other powders on top. I was more then satisfied with the performance during the making up stages.

Leading me onto how long this lasts, can this go a full 16 hours??

Honestly I don’t know who would need a foundation on for 16 hours of the day but I do feel if set right with powder you will get a full working day or a night out with a flawless base and no need for touch ups.  The product stays put, stays smooth and gave such a lovely coverage to my face I think its the best my skin has looked, it lasted as long as I needed and has become my go to foundation especially if I have a event, party or special occasion to attend.

Let me know in the comments below if you have tried the NARS natural radiant foundation and your thought. I have heard people say its the foundation of 2018 this early in the year!! I can also be found on twitter @KateL564 so come and join the blog chats and just general discussions.

Thank you for reading.

Kate

Links

https://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/beauty/nars-cosmetics-natural-radiant-longwear-foundation/d870227.pd#286025755,q=nars-foundation

https://narscosmetics.co.uk/on/demandware.store/Sites-UK-Site/en_GB/Home-Show?cm_mmc=SEM-_-Google-_-NRI_G_GBR_TM_EXACT_TM-_-nars&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2Lzon4y02QIV7LDtCh3Y1ANAEAAYASAAEgInTvD_BwE#pairs

 

Next level full coverage with Dermacol

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Recently I have been looking for a new foundation and whilst browsing online I came across a few reviews of the Dermacol Make-Up Cover foundation which complimented how well it had worked and how impressed they had been. Armed with that I popped onto Amazon and bought myself shade 207 for £12.99 and gave myself a little hallelujah for forking out for prime, pleased my new foundation would arrive next day.

I used this as soon as it arrived and have had mixed feelings ever since to the point where I am unsure whether I completely and utterly love it or if I hate it. Here’s why:

The packaging is fine just your typical box with brand name, ingredients list and a small paragraph of what to expect from the product. The foundation is in a toothpaste like tube and gold in colour with Dermacol written down the front. Once you unscrew the lid you have to pop the hygiene cap to release the foundation. Then your ready for usage.

First thing I noted was the shade (I bought 207), for me it looked a little darker then I was expecting. Not to the point that it was unusable but just not as light as I usually go for, being so pale I make Casper look like he’s been sunning it in the Med for a fortnight. But I powered through and gave it a try.

The next problematic thing for me was the formula is THICK.

It does state on the box to use a little and build to the effect you want but “good god” a little could fill all the cracks in Britain’s pavements. A pea sized dollop can really be used to cover your whole face, deleting redness, blemishes, dark circles, it even covered a scar on my forehead.

It was easy to blend considering the thickness you feel when you first apply and it is definitely full coverage. I am a full coverage girl but I have never had a foundation cover everything with such little effort (damp beauty blender).

At this point things started to improve and despite the thick consistency once blended it does not feel as heavy as cement on your skin. You can feel the coverage but it is not too over the top or uncomfortable. It also sits well on the skin, not caking but smooth, covering all pores with no build up.

Setting it with powder did not compromise the result of coverage or cause any build up. The foundation took to other products on top very well and with it being waterproof this does not move from your face all day (I found it differcult to get off and used facial oil to remove).

I did use blotting paper around my nose area during the day and re apply powder but that is just due to having a oily T-Zone and something I regularly have to do throughout the day with all my makeup.

Overall the result of this foundation are fantastic but be prepared for it to be FULL coverage, be prepared for it to be thick in consistency and be careful when choosing your shade. For me the results have been worth it, at £12.99 it is not a bank breaker, it does do what it says on the tin and the results are impressive.

Let me know if you’ve tried this out and love or hate it. Comment below or tweet @KateL564.

Next post will be mid week.

Kate

links

www.amazon.co.uk