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Saturday, August 15, 2020

A Beginners Guide to Buying the Right Makeup Foundation



So earlier in the week we talked on my Ig stories about buying the right makeup foundation for your skin and all of its struggles. For the past few weeks I’ve been trying to find not only the perfect color match but also the right foundation that would work best for my acne prone skin. I am currently using Clinique' foundation and I like it, but I don't love it. It gives me full coverage, but the issue that I have with it the most, is that if seems to be too bright for my skin tone and it bleed ALOT. So for the past few weeks I've been looking for another foundation to use or mix with the current one that I have. 


Like you, I too didn't know the basics when it came to not only buying foundation, but what to look for when buying it. I took a makeup application course about a month ago with a local makeup artist here in Beaumont named Meagan and she gave me some great tips on buying foundation. I also did a little researched on color matching your foundation and different methods to use when do so. After much trial n error and helpful tips from a professional, I was able to find another foundation to mix with my current Clinique foundation. I settled on Fenty Beauty's matte finish foundation in 290 and I have to tell you guys I'm very pleased with my selection. 


This process has been very interesting and I thought it'd be a good idea to share with you what tips, tricks and methods is used to help me not only buy the foundation but find the right color. So I documented the entire process and created what I like to call a Beginners beginnes guide to buying the right makeup foundation. 



Skin Type

This is the 1st and most important thing to know before purchasing your foundation, KNOW your skin type. There are three types of skin types: Dry, Oily or a combination of both. Knowing your skin type is key when determining what type of foundation will work best for you. Skin type can make a difference in how your foundation not only appears but how it oxidizes with your skin. If you have dry skin type, you don't what a matte finish foundation, so hydrating foundation are your best friend. Oily skin type you don't want a foundation that has a dewy finish, so mattifying foundation will more than likely be good for you. Now for folks with combo skin types you'll need a foundation that's somewhat mattifying and hydrating so you can go for more of foundation with a satin finish.



Color Matching

Before buying a foundation determine if your undertones are warm (gold/yellow), cool(pink) or neutral. The best way to do this is by taking a picture in front of a white background with great lighting. Looking at the contrast between your skin and background will help you determine the colors in your skin that appears. This little trick worked so well for me and was such a big help in the store when talking with an associate about finding the right color. 








Oxidozing

Now the process was very different from what I guess it would be like if we were not "in the middle of a pandemic" (I say this a least five times a day!) Normally Id say get a sample of the foundation to take home to try out, see how it oxidizes with my skin and go from there. But that's not possible right now. I mean that's really the best case scenario for this process, but yeah Corona. Lucky for us stores are understanding of this and have made the buying and returning process really easy. Buy the foundation. Before you clutch your pearls ladies let me say this, stores are letting your return the foundation right now. Scouts honor (crosses fingers)! Stores like Sephora and Ulta are both allowing your to return makeup at full cost. Take advantage. I know that seems like a complete waste of time and MONEY,  but honestly knowing how the foundation will oxidize on your skin will make all the difference in the world. Now this method may not be the most affordable so id day this is more like a "last result" type of thing. But it worked fo me. 



These three things made a world of difference in my experience in buying my foundation and I hope that they can be helpful to you. Let me know your thought and if this worked for you below. 




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