Choosing the right foundation is essential when it comes to make up. You can often deal with a less reliable blush, or even lipstick, but without a proper foundation you’ll often be in a LOT more trouble.
This is why I decided to bring you everything you need to know about foundations – including which to choose depending on your skin type – and present a list of the best foundation products available on the market today.
The Routine for Perfect Foundation
To make sure you’re using your foundation properly, there are a few important details to remember. First of all, always moisturize first. A good moisturizer will pave the way for your foundation and make it work much better.
After that, using BB cream as a primer can often do wonders, and provide you with a more natural color tone and a healthier look overall.
Next you have to apply your foundation. You can do it straight over your BB cream using your fingers, and then blend it as best as possible. Using a good make up sponge and dampening it only lightly will simplify the process significantly.
Finally, using and blending the proper concealer, then applying your highlighter to the top of your cheekbones and bridge of your nose will cause everyone to exclaim what beautiful skin you have. You can also use contour and bronzer on various areas to make yourself look even better.
The Best Type of Foundations for Oily Skin
For oily skin, you’ll usually do best with long-wearing liquid foundations that offer a matte finish. These foundations have thinner textures, and won’t give you a very shiny skin.
They are also great for humid climates, and anyone who is either a fan of a strong matte finish, or likes the use of matte bronzers and power blushes will simply love this type of foundation. With SPF 25 or greater, you can even ensure adequate sun protection.
The Best Type of Foundations for Dry Skin
For women with dry skin, moisturizing liquid foundations are ideal, due to the simple fact that they moisturize and revitalize overly dry skin tissue quite easily.
These foundations can be very easy to use together with cream-to-powder or cream blushes and bronzers, and they are extremely easy to apply and blend. They offer a light to medium coverage, and are known for their soft finish and remarkably natural, healthy glow.
How to Match Your Foundation Perfectly
Matching your foundation is essential for a natural look. There are a few simple steps you can use to figure out exactly how you can match your foundation just right:
- Aim to either match your face to your neck, or choose a slightly lighter foundation color to get a more even contrast after you apply the rest of your makeup.
- Use foundation samples at various stores to test out different foundation colors, and see which one would mix well with your skin tone.
- If you can’t find a single color that will give you a perfect match, consider mixing two foundations of similar colors.
- Find out more about the foundation code to know where you stand. Caucasians will normally be in the shade range of 10-20, while those of Hispanic backgrounds will fall into the 30-40 shade category. The 40-50 shade range is usually for African Americans.
L'Oreal Paris True Match Super Blendable Makeup
Now it’s time to look at some of the best foundations out there, and there’s nothing better to start out with than the True Match Super Blendable Makeup from L’Oreal Paris.
What drew me to the True Match is its patented color technology that ensures a better color match than most foundation products. You also get a healthy formula with no filler ingredients, oils, fragrances or any other pore-clogging substances.
Trying it out for a longer period of time made me realize this foundation actually nourishes the skin. The coverage was almost perfect, and my skin looked remarkably natural and healthy literally from dawn to dusk. What really sold me was how light it was on my skin the very first time I tried it out – I didn’t even feel it was there!
Maybelline New York Fit Me! Foundation
Maybelline developed the New York Fit Me! to fit anyone with normal to oily skin, and leave a natural finish that prevents shine and blurs your pores. It’s also a remarkably light and texture-fitting foundation that I found to be well worth its price.
Applying the foundation to a few minor problem areas made me think I was using a magic formula. It completely hid all the tiny scars I wanted to get rid of, and it gave me a natural matte look that was easy to love. Basically all you need is the New York Fit Me! and your look will be completely transformed.
L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup
The True Match Lumi is another one of L’Oreal’s exceptional little gems. It’s based on a formula designed using pure water, antioxidants, vitamins C and E, as well as their dedicated Liquid Light technology.
I was amazed at how much lighter and brighter my skin got as soon as I started using this remarkable foundation. It feels light on the skin, it’s easy to apply, and it comes in 15 natural colors, covering warm, neutral and cool shades just as well. My favorite thing about it is the dewy finish it left me with – a unique look that I never got from other foundation products.
Milani Smooth Finish Cream To Powder Makeup
Milani developed this luxurious, professional grade foundation at a really low price that made me look twice before I could make sure I wasn’t just seeing things. Despite being low in cost, it has a great finish, and its silky, creamy consistency and oil-free formula will easily even out skin tones and hide any and all imperfections without a flaw.
While trying out the Smooth Finish Cream to Powder Makeup, I found that it offers ideal coverage, and it’s much lighter than I anticipated. It’s also probably the most resilient foundation on this list, and I had no problem whatsoever in applying it at a short notice. What’s even better, it covers age lines and other imperfections without giving you a fake look!