Hello SOTGC community,
Now that we’ve pondered to make-up or not to make-up and know what to add to our fashion collection this fall, I think we need to start from the “foundation” of make-up and work our way up.
What is foundation and is it good for my skin? According to Wikipedia; “A foundation (engineering) is the lowest and supporting layer of a structure.” It’s really the same in cosmetics. Once the ground work is laid with effective, hydrating and beneficial skin care that allows skin to heal, be free of acne, scarring, deep discoloration, rough surfaces and deep lines – it can be polished and accented. What’s that whisper I hear? Oh my! Some of us don’t bother with quality cleansers and moisturizers? Well, I hear Sherwin Williams offers a nice line of spackle to backfill the crevices!
Once our skin is smooth, healthy and firm, it’s much easier to build a nice, natural glamour look that accents our best features and adds to our daily confidence (and uses a great deal LESS product). In fact, laying a foundation can even protect our skin from daily scavengers like dust, allergens and free radicals aka: “free agers”. But so many brands, colors and formulas can make finding the perfect foundation a bit of an unwelcome challenge. Before we continue, let me bust an old myth, “Foundation will clog my pores and doesn’t let my skin breath.” Foundation today is so scientifically advanced and safe for all skin types this is simply untrue. Quite the opposite actually, it provides an additional protective barrier for your skin and floats safely on the top of your skin but must be washed off EVERY night along with the other junk from the air that stuck to your face during the day. Be sure the brand guarantees the foundation is “non-comedogenic” a fancy word for “won’t clog your pores”. Now back to the colorful lesson…
Photo credit: Cottons Beauty Blog
After many years of working with wonderful clients of all ages, skin types and pigmentation depths, there are two things that most often get the biggest sigh of struggle – finding the perfect shades of lipstick and foundation. (And don’t you just hate it when you find the perfect every day pout color and the brand discontinues it? Me too!) But be encouraged, there are professionals close at hand to help you free of charge. Let me help make the process a little less weighty.
Start with the application of a lightweight foundation primer to create a flawless canvas. Select a primer preferably with an SPF for an extra layer of protection against the damaging rays even if you use sunscreen in a day solution, serum or moisturizer. Your skin will feel like silk, your foundation – no matter the formula, will glide on, take less to apply and last longer through the day.
Select the best foundation for your skin type and age:
- Excess oil and occasional or mild acne: Pick the highest quality mineral powder foundation to help control oil, give you light all over coverage and will allow your skin to breathe and help clear the acne. Yep, that’s right, help manage the oil production and get rid of the acne. Mineral Powder Foundations are also great if you want a lighter application for heading to the gym or over the weekend and is comfortable to wear for most skin types with the exception of very dry skin beauties. Note: Not all mineral powder foundations are created equally.
- Just plain oily: If you feel like you could fry an egg in the grease pit on your forehead by noon, select a cream to powder , matte or age fighting matte-wear foundation that will help manage, collect and free your skin of those oils throughout the day giving you a soft and smooth finish. Also consider adding an oil-mattifier before your primer and linen beauty blotters to your purse for mid-day touch ups.
- Dry in patches and oily in others: First make sure your skin care is balanced and helping to hydrate your skin. Then choose a medium coverage liquid foundation that is oil free and apply lightly.
- Extra dry or more mature skin: Select an age-fighting, luminous liquid or cream foundation that will add moisture to your skin and keep it fresh and with a light “dewy” glow.
Photo credit: Myla Upshaw
To avoid looking like you are wearing a mask, use the stripe test in natural sunlight to find the shade that disappears when applied from your jawline to your neck. If, however, you have more color variance between your cheek line or forehead and jaw, then stripe test between the two colors on your face. Your entire face and neck should end up the same color blending seamlessly from hairline to under your jaw. Often our faces are lighter than our neck because we forget to protect our neck with sunscreen from everyday sun exposure allowing it to age more quickly than our faces. Poor little pedestal for my face! Darker skin shades most often suffer from uneven skin tones on the forehead and cheeks and foundation can even that out without being cake-like. And please, to add color, use a bronzer not your foundation.
Finally, to save you headache in wasted time and money choose a brand that allows you to try before you buy and return for a full refund or exchange if, after a couple of days, you don’t completely LOVE it. Every quality brand should do this so be sure and ask before you hand over your hard earned cash. Select your perfect shade match, determine the formula most beneficial to your skin type, try it on your entire face and wear it for a full day. This will allow you to see the color in different lighting, make sure it doesn’t darken or lighten on you throughout the day and determine if the feel is completely natural and makes your skin look smooth and feel great. If you can feel you have foundation on your face, it’s too heavy a formula. You shouldn’t notice it and neither should anyone else.
There you have it, flawless foundations made simple. If you need or would like personal assistance you can always reach out to me by email, my website or Facebook. I can help across the globe via Skype consultations. I look forward to seeing your flawless finishes both on your face and in your careers!
Main Photo credit: TheBeautyPot