Makeup Foundation (Liquid or Powder) is the key to whether your makeup will look good or bad. The application of makeup will help to smooth out your skin tone, conceal blemishes and give you a more healthy glow. Applying makeup without a foundation base can truly enhance ugly pores and skin troubles, rather than concealing them. Before you head out to the store, read some basic rules to follow when making your product selection.
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How to Choose A Makeup Foundation Base?
First, you must select the right color for your skin tone. Avoid a foundation that is too light and makes you look pale and washed out. Avoid also too dark foundations that leave a line of makeup between the jaw and the neck. Generally, you will look like you’re wearing a mask. The makeup foundation color that you choose must blend in with your natural skin tone.
Also, keep in mind that the color of your skin tone will change with the seasons. In summer, you will need a slightly darker foundation, as your skin will tan somewhat. In winter, your skin will lighten again and you should use your natural base color makeup foundation.
Liquid vs Powder Foundations
The next decision is to determine whether you would prefer a powder makeup foundation or liquid makeup foundation. This tends to be a more personal choice, although there are pros and cons to both types.
Most women seem to prefer the liquid makeup foundation base. It appears to be quicker and much easier to apply. As well, once blended into the skin, the liquid makeup foundation appears more natural and lighter, giving the skin a smooth, even appearance. However, the way it is applied can also make a difference. Applying too much will cause streaks and spots that look “heavier” than others on your skin. Using a makeup sponge instead of your fingers can help a lot with creating a smooth, uniform look. Apply a small amount of liquid foundation at a time and blend in thoroughly.
Another advantage of a liquid makeup foundation is that it absorbs into the skin rather than sitting on top of it, so you get a more natural skin tone appearance. It also is available in a variety of bases to match women with dry skin, normal skin, oily skin, combination skin, and sensitive skin types.
Powder makeup foundation is a less popular choice but can work just as well as a liquid makeup foundation. It’s anything but difficult to apply and there is less mixing included. They are also perfect for people who have very oily skin, as the powder will absorb oil and prevent oily appearance. You can also carry cases of compact powder with you in the days when you need to do a little touch up your makeup or on days that are hot and damp, to free your face of shine.
A slight problem with powders, however, is that they can look like they are caked on your face if applied too heavily or after a couple of hours in warm weather. In addition, they generally tend to rub off on clothes easier because the powder sits on top of your skin.
Another Choice: Liquid-Powder
Liquid-powder makeup foundation combinations are another choice that is gaining in popularity. The makeup foundation comes in a compact, much like powder bases, but contains a somewhat creamy mixture. The application of this product gives a smooth appearance, like a liquid, with the absorption benefits of a powder. However, you must be careful when applying this type of foundation, because a heavy hand gives you a caked appearance. Like liquids, the secret is to apply it lightly and mix well. This combination is not the best for people with dry skin because it will also give the appearance of uneven skin. Select this type of product if you have normal to oily skin.
If this is the first time you are going to buy a makeup foundation, you should visit a makeup counter that allows you to try out the various products or seek out a professional make-up artist to help you with your selection. For those who have skin problems such as outbreaks of severe acne, you should consult a dermatologist. They can help you with making a wiser choice on the type of makeup foundation would work best, plus provide you with other skincare options to help clear up underlying problems.
Remember, the best makeup techniques start with a good makeup foundation that is appropriate for your skin type and skin tone. Be smart and take the time to research what’s out there before spending money on a product. You’ll be happy you did.