If you wear the wrong foundation color, everyone will notice. An artist prepares a canvas with gesso before she begins to paint. Foundation is like gesso, helping to prepare your face for a perfect makeup application.
In addition to using the wrong color, one of the most common blunders ladies encounter with foundation is using the wrong type. Here’s a look at the different types and how to use them:
Liquid foundation: Provides light to medium coverage, but isn’t very forgiving if you choose the wrong color, especially if you use a heavier kind. Play it safe with BECCA Cosmetics. A great, can’t-go-wrong BECCA foundation is the Luminous Skin Color because it’s extra sheer.
Cream foundation: The type of foundation you generally find in stick form or in a compact. Because it offers heavier coverage than liquid foundation, it’s vital that you get the color right. One of the best types of cream foundation is Dew Drop Powder Foundation from Kevyn Aucoin, which is a cream-to-powder formula.
Tinted moisturizer: This type of foundation offers the lightest amount of coverage. The Shimmering Skin Perfector from BECCA Cosmetics doubles as a tinted moisturizer. This option is optimal if you already have great-looking skin.
Powder foundation: Offering full to light coverage, powder foundation provides the greatest selection of colors from which to choose. If you have light to medium-dark skin, try the Jouer foundation Replenish & Protect Hydrating Powder SPF 39.
1. Determine your skin’s undertone. Look at the colors of the veins on the backside of your arm. If the veins are bluish in color, you have a “cool” undertone. If the veins are greenish, you have a “warm” undertone. If your veins have a mix of both colors, you have a neutral undertone.
2 Pay attention to your skin’s tone. Skin tones are generally classified as olive, fair, pink, yellow or dark. If you’re not sure what your skin tone is, wrap a white towel loosely around your neck and notice what color pops out when you look at your face in the mirror.
3. Choose the foundation that matches your skin tone and undertone the best. Your forearm is a good testing spot when you think you’ve found the right color.
4. Don’t be afraid to mix and match. When you’re having a hard time finding the perfect color, you might need to mix two colors together to find the right match. (Beauty pros do this all the time.)
Spring can kind of be a weird transition time between the winter and summer in terms of the tone of your skin. While you’ll always have the same undertone (cool, warm or neutral), the darkness of your skin can go from ghostly white to sun-kissed over the course of a few weeks. The hot colors for spring and summer are often the same, and the key to not making your makeup look louder than a bullhorn during the spring is to keep it soft-looking.
Concealer: Adjust the color of concealer you use during the spring just as you would your wardrobe. As you spend more time in the sun, you’ll need to use a slightly darker shade of concealer. Ideally, you should use a color that’s a bit lighter than your foundation. The Sensual Skin Enhancer from Kevyn Aucoin Cosmetics has 16 different concealer shades that perfectly cover your blemishes regardless of the season.
UV protection: Those who are truly fashion-forward know you should use SPF protection all year, even on the cloudiest days. The need for UV protection increases as the months start to get warmer. Make sure the daytime moisturizer you use has an SPF component in it. If you use any type of foundation, opt for one that also protects your skin from the sun’s rays.
Eye makeup: Bright eye colors go hand-in-hand with spring and summer. When the season’s hottest colors are particularly bright, layer on the colors lightly during the spring. For some of the best springtime eye shadow color combinations, check out the Essential Eye Shadow set in the Kevyn Aucoin makeup line.
Puffy eyes are a cosmetic ailment a girl faces at least once in her life. Differing from under-eye bags, your eyes can get puffy if the eyelids or corners of the eyes are swollen, fluid retention or if your eyes are dry or itchy. There are several factors that can lead to puffy eyes, including allergies, crying, too much salt in your diet, stress, eye irritation, lack of sleep and sinus problems.