Just this week, an old friend from high school sent me a message and asked me for a foundation recommendation. She had a list of requirements and she told me that what she had tried in the past wasn’t working well. It inspired me to write this post because I have SO many tips and tricks for finding the right foundation, no matter what your list requires!
I’m going to break it down for you in simple steps and I’m also going to list a few of my all-time favorites for people who just want a general recommendation.
1.) Decide if you want a light, medium or full coverage formula.
Light coverage will still show freckles and skin discoloration, medium is a good in-between if you want some coverage but don’t want a heavy finish, and full coverage gives a very opaque coverage. Think Adele.
Also, do you want a dewy (glowy) finish or a matte (no shine) finish?
2.) Decide if you want a powder, liquid or cream.
As mentioned from tip #1, these 3 textures will often yield the above results. Powder is light coverage, liquid is medium, and cream is full. For the record, I will 9.5/10 always recommend a liquid finish. It’s the most blendable and very few people over the age of 17 can pull off powder (skin has to be nearly perfect for it to sit well by itself on the skin.) If you have acne or other skin texture issues powder never has and never will look good on top it.
3.) Go to Sephora and find someone to help you.
This tip will save you 38293 million different ways. I know some people hate spending $ on “expensive makeup” but you will spend just as much when you buy 2-3 wrong shade foundations at Target or Walgreens. Tell a Sephora team member that your looking for a new foundation and that you need XYZ from tips #1&2. And don’t be afraid to be honest with them. Tell them what you’ve tried in the past and why it didn’t work.
4.) Ask for an application of the foundation.
This is why I love Sephora, they will walk you through everything step-by-step. They will color match you for the right foundation shade, show you what primer and what brush to use and they will apply it in store so that you can see how it looks and feels. This is huge guys, this takes out sooo much of your guessing work.
5.) Decide if you’re ready to purchase or ask for a sample.
If you feel unsure of how well you like the new foundation, ever-so-politely ask for a sample of it. This will really give you a good idea of how well it stays and pushes you closer to a yes or a no. But also keep in mind that if you don’t have the brush and primer that they originally used on you, the end-result could be much different.
Following the above steps should help you decipher not only what you need but how you want your makeup to look. When you feel confident about yourself, it’s makes you feel more presentable to the world. Polished and professional – that’s my kinda gal! 😉
Top Picks For Foundation:
- Dry Skin > Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation or Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Hydrating Foundation
- Combination Skin > Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation or Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer
- Powder > Benefit “Hello Flawless” Powder or Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation Powder
- Medium Coverage Foundation > Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream or Tarte Amazonian Clay Tinted Moisturizer
- Full Coverage Foundation > Kat Von D “Lock-It” Foundation, Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation or CoverFx Total Cream Foundation