*Guest Post by Evlin*
When it comes to enhancing your beauty and style using foundation, it is very important first to know your skin type. Selecting a good foundation is a tricky process towards getting flawless-looking skin.
Surprisingly, only 15% of women pick the correct shades on their own because the color of the foundation is just a single piece of the puzzle.
Here are some tips to help you find the perfect foundation for your skin type.
1. Visit Cosmetic Shop
Making a trip to drugstores that sell cosmetic products will save you the inconveniences experienced when you make the wrong choices on online outlets. Don’t make orders online unless you have tested a foundation.
Using samples during your visits will help you identify the right shade that matches your skin. The attendants will also provide you with skin care information that can enhance your appearance and lifestyle.
2. Perform a Patch Test
To make sure you’re choosing the right shade, pick colors that closely match with your skin and swatch it on the back of your arm area. This arm area most matches the color of your face.
Using other areas to perform the patch test can be misleading because they are slightly lighter or darker than your skin tone. After all, your main intention is to enhance your beauty, not appear ghostly or two-toned.
It’s also important to ensure that before you apply a foundation to your neck, it blends well into your chest.
3. Test in Outside Light
Most drugstores and cosmetic shops are lit with artificial lighting. It can be quite challenging to judge whether you have picked the correct shade in such poor lighting. Move outside after applying and evaluate whether you have selected the right foundation for your skin type.
You can always ask someone to pop outside with you to see whether they can notice your foundation. If they tell you they can spot something darker or lighter, it is a clear indication that the foundation isn’t the right one for your skin.
4. Try a Lighter Shade
If you are not sure about your color, always go for a lighter shade rather than a darker shade. Darker shades will always show that you are wearing makeup. On the other hand, lighter makeup helps to lighten your skin when making it refreshed without giving you many streaks.
Also, if you prefer a tanned glow, you can add a bronzer to a lighter foundation to improve your beauty and style. Nevertheless, don’t try a lighter shade if you have a dark, dry skin because adding a bronzer will not enhance your new lifestyle look.
5. Check the Ingredients
If you have dry skin, you should look for an oil-based foundation instead of powder or water-based skin care products. People with oily skin types can choose oil-based or powder foundations that are appropriate for their skin without stripping the natural oils from the skin.
Avoid foundations are containing parabens or fragrance. Some of the good ingredients you should look for in a foundation include zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, vitamin A and vitamin E. Check the label to find any other relevant skin care information that is ideal for your skin type.
6. Shop Seasonally
It is advisable to have at least two different shades of foundation. This is because your skin changes the tone with seasons. If you can’t splurge on two different foundation shades, use a bronzer during the summer months to compensate for the lighter foundation shade. For the maintenance of your beauty and style throughout the year, always use a foundation containing an SPF of 15 or more even in cloudy weather.
Selecting an appropriate foundation for your skin can be a tricky affair without the right tools or assistance. Instead of using the try-and-error method, you can always seek expert’s assistance if you can’t find the right shade for your skin type.
About the Author: Evlin Symon is a freelance health writer. She writes a popular health and fitness blog. She enjoys writing article about health, beauty and skincare, fitness, lifestyle and reading health news as well. When she is not writing, she can be usually found hitting the Gym. Follow her on Facebook and LinkedIn for daily inspiration.