Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Foundation - Choosing the Right Foundation

Choosing the right foundation is a common problem for Filipinas. This is because Filipinas are generally dark skinned. For some reason, most women have issues with that. More often than not, women wear shades that are several shades lighter than their natural skin tone in order to appear fairer. The notion is, ofcourse, ridiculous. Foundation is not meant to change the color of the face. It simply evens out the tone.

World renown make-up artist Bobbi Brown says, "The right foundation will make you look like you're not wearing any foundation at all." In her book, Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual, she shares that to achieve this, there are two things that must be taken into consideration: formula and shade.

Foundations come in different formulas to cater to different skin types. Skin can either be normal, oily, dry or a combination of two, or all of the three.

People with oily skin should look into oil-free foundations, be they cream or liquid. Such foundations absorb oil and smooth the skin. For those who need it, they also provide good coverage for acne and large pores. People with dry skin, on the other hand, should look for hydrating or moisturizing formulas.

Combination skin is harder to work with. However, there are now products available that contain both silica beads, responsible for soaking up oil in the skin, and licithin, responsible for rehydrating the dry patches. People with combination skin should look into such products. They may, ofcourse, use moisturizers and oil-control products where needed instead. It is a matter of preference.

Once the right formula has been determined, it's time to select the right shade.

Pick out three colors close to your natural skin tone, preferably ones that are yellow-based, and create a line from just below the cheek to the jaw. It is safer to test foundation on the face that on the back of the hand. It is likely that they are not the same color. Once the three stripes are in place, look into a mirror under natural light. The right shade of foundation will look as if there isn't any make-up at all.

The result, if applied correctly, should be clear, smooth skin.

'til next time,


  1. Wow! Nice post! This really helps! (: I think I have the right foundation for my face. It's a mousse foundation and it feels light but still covers up (:

    That's so nice! I wanna have a colored blazer, I only have a black one, but this is still cute (:
    Which blazer do you have? What colors?

    1. That's great! I prefer liquid foundations but have been thinking about trying a mousse. Ü

      I use blazers a lot in school so I have them in a few different colors. My favorites are in bright red and electric blue. Ü