Foundation FAQ

How do I tell what my perfect color foundation is? 

Go to the makeup store with no foundation on and apply 3 different foundations to your jawline- see which one blends in the best.  If you go to a department store, ask for samples or have them match it to your skin. If you go to a drugstore and can’t test the color, just hold up the bottle to your skin. If needed, custom mix two different colors to get your perfect shade.

Here’s my video on how to custom mix your foundation.

How do I tell what my undertones are?

If you have blue veins and a pinkish tint to skin, you are most likely cool toned. If your veins are more green with a yellowish tint to the skin,  you are most likely warm toned.  Also, if you hold up a white piece of paper to you skin, your color will appear more golden (warm) or pink/tan (cool).  If you look like a mixture of both, you may be neutral.

What are some full proof ways to make my foundation last all day, and what if I do not want to use primers/powders to set it?

Best method is to use a primer – this stops oil from breaking through and taking off your foundation. If you do not want to use a primer, get a matte finish foundation like Revlon’s Colorstay or Makeup Forever’s Matte Velvet.

What are the best foundations for each skin type? 

  • Oily skin:  mineralized foundation because powder soaks up oil. I like the Bare Escentuals foundation, but be careful if you are allergic to bismuth.  Matte foundations are also good, but can be a bit heavy so you have to apply it lightly.
  • Combination skin:  I really like the Lancome Tient Idol for a satin finish as it’s not too dewy or too matte.
  • Dry skin:  You want somethings that adds more sheen, so that it doesn’t look so flat. My favorite is the Neutrogena Healthy Skin as it is dewy and adds a subtle glow.

What are the best foundations for mature and aging skin?

As we age, we tend to lose the luminosity to our skin- it gets drier and more flat looking.  To combat this, apply a dewy finish foundation like the Neutrogena Healthy Skin.  It isn’t too heavy so it will not sink into any fine lines. For special occasions you could use the Dior ‘Diorskin Airflash’ Foundation- this is a spray foundation that gives an airbrushed finish to the skin with minimal effort.  The only problem is it is pricey.  If you want very sheer coverage, you could also use a tinted moisturizer like the Laura Mercier one.

Here’s my article on 7 Ways to Look Younger Using Makeup.

What are the best foundations for photo-shoots?

Revlon Colorstay is my favorite as it is long lasting. Some of them have SPF in them (not sure if all of them do now) which can look ashy with the camera flash.  I haven’t had any problem with this foundation, but do a trial run before your big day.  If you are going to be under hot lights all day, I highly recommend using a setting powder like Palladio’s Rice Powder.  For satin finish, I really like the Lancome Teint Idole.

Here are my Top 10 Foundations.

What are the best foundations for warm/humid climates?

Mineral foundations work well for me as they tend to soak up oil.  If you want a sheer finish to the skin, use a tinted moisturizer instead.  If you need to keep your makeup lasting all day, use a finishing spray like Model in a Bottle.  Just don’t use this all the time as it can be very heavy on the skin (but it makes your makeup almost water proof once it sets!)

What are the best ways to apply foundation and what tools should I use?

The best way to apply foundation is with a slightly damp Beauty Blender sponge.  Here is my video on how to use it:  Beauty Blender Review

I also like using a foundation stippling brush as it gives an almost airbrushed finish- no streaking like you get sometime when you use your fingers or a flat brush.  Here’s my foundation routine:  How to Fake Flawless Skin


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