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I consider flawless-looking makeup base to be the 8th wonder of the world. Big claim, but believe me, I have never seen a beautiful make up look without a perfected base. Any color, texture and definition you apply to your makeup look sits on top of your skin so let me count the ways by which you can nail the “perfect but not plastic” foundation look.

Choose A Foundation That Suits Your Skin Type

Here are the buzz words to look out for your skin type: Dry: moisturizing, hydrating. Oily: oil-free, oil-control, mattifying.

Among these formulas, one can choose different finishes: matte (recommended for oily-skinned), luminous (recommended for dry-skinned), and satin (an option in between). Give the product a go and see how it performs. Your personal assessment is the most important factor to determine what works best for you.

I have combination skin and I prefer oil-free hydrating formulas with a satin finish. I’ve found my holy grail in NARS Sheer Glow Foundation.

TIP: Don’t be constrained by the buzz-words/claims of the product, as well as reviews you read about it.

Choose a Foundation That Correctly Matches Your Skin Tone

Look at your wrist and examine the color of veins you see – is it blue, green or both? Your answer is indicative of your skin’s undertone.

  • Cool-toned people have blue veins and they typically burn (turn red) after sun exposure.
  • Warm-toned people have green veins and they tan (turn more olive/bronzed) after they worship the sun.
  • If you have both blue and green veins, you have a neutral undertone.

After knowing your undertone, you can proceed to find your closest shade match. If you are unsure what shade to choose, get the 3 closest options and stripe it on the side of your face, near the jawline, all the way down to your neck, then blend. The shade that disappears on your skin is your perfect match.

Choose a Formula That Suits the Demands of the Day

Foundations can be light, medium or full-coverage. It is your personal discretion which one you prefer but it boils down to 2 questions you ask yourself:

How is my skin doing? For days where your skin is behaving well, you don’t need a full-coverage foundation.

What will I do today? If you need to attend to a special event, you’d probably want to have medium-to-full flawless finish.

During weekdays, I’m a tinted moisturizer kind of girl. But for special events, I will switch to Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk for a photogenic foundation look.

Choose a Tool That Will Apply it Best

When you find your tried-and-true foundation, the last thing you need to figure out is what tool will apply it. Your applicator of choice depends on the formula of your foundation (powder, liquid, cream, gel, oil) and plays a part in the over-all finished look of your foundation.

Duo-Fiber Brush gives a sheer and air-brushed finish thru a stippling motion (press and blend); it is used mostly for runny/light liquid formulas.

Buffing Brush (rounded or flat) gives a medium-to-full finish thru a buffing motion (circular); it is used best with thick creamy liquid or cream formulas.

Paddle Brush (flat) gives full coverage thru a painting motion (downward and outward); it is used to evenly lay down thick/heavy liquids or creams.

My personal favorite is using a sponge, especially the Beauty Blender. This will give you a natural and buildable coverage thru a bouncing and and pressing motion.

FACT: A woman buys at least 7 wrong foundations before she gets the right one.

And That’s the 411!

Now you have a choice: Learn thru your mistakes OR save yourself the effort/money by embracing these tips. May the foundation gods be ever in your favor!

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