One of the marvellous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals. – Jean Vanier
In the season of building our community-exclusive events, we collaborated with MAC Cosmetics to co-host a beauty workshop for #WomenOfStyleTheory. We explored beauty topics and common woes when it comes to finding the perfect foundation to complement our different skin types and undertones.
We understand the struggles in finding a suitable foundation, so we did the testing and narrowed it to two important things you cannot miss when it comes to investing in the perfect foundation.
#1. Knowing Your Skin Type
Many times, we misidentify our skin type, resulting in using the wrong kind of foundation. We classified MAC Cosmetics foundations for the four different skin types!
Dry: Ladies with a dry-skin type tend to have slightly rougher skin texture and enhanced fine lines. However, their pores are usually less visible.
Try: Moisturizing liquid foundations. Pick a foundation with a satin or satin-matte finish to give your skin a dewy and hydrated look.
Normal: Normal-skin type is usually the least fussy. Clear and well-hydrated skin is evident with this skin type. You’ll notice fine pores and a good blood circulation giving your skin a natural tint of rosiness.
Try: Since normal skin type is a relatively well-balanced one, it’ll be good to just go for a light-weight foundation or a regular oil-based one for heavier duty.
Oily: Oily skin types are easily identified by their pores–they are slightly larger and more visible. It is normal that the skin appears shiny or greasy. The tendency to develop acne, blackheads and whiteheads are also common for this skin type.
Try: Water or powder-based foundation or one that is simply oil-free. Matte foundations are great and will give a glowing-yet-not-greasy finish.
Combination: This skin type is probably one of the most common among ladies. A combination skin type is normally oily at the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin). It is only natural that with enlarged pores in these areas, your skin may be prone to acne.
Try: The foundation for your skin’s condition and varying degree of oiliness throughout the day. It might be a good option to go for oil-free or regular oil-based foundation depending on your skin’s condition. Use blotting paper instead of powdering your face too often and prevent your chances of clogging your pores.
#2. Discover Your Undertones
There are two obvious types of undertones and knowing your undertones will be beneficial when choosing the right shade of foundation.
Warm Undertone: Warm undertone, on the other hand, can be identified by having green veins on the underside of your wrists. One trick is to check is pairing your skin with gold or silver. Women with warm undertones find that skin looks better with gold.
Try: Foundation with a subtle tint of yellow to complement your warm undertones.
Cool Undertone: Cool undertones can usually be identified by having blue to purple veins on the underside of your wrists. And unlike the warm undertone, silver will be more of a compliment to your skin.
Try: Foundation with a slight pinkish tint will balance your cooler undertones.
Neutral Undertone: It is possible that you fall under neither of these undertones and may have neutral undertone where your skin is neither warm nor cool.
Try: Neutral shade of foundation is your safe zone, particularly those that contain neither pink nor yellow tints.
Now that you have the knowledge of skin types and undertones, you are well-equipped to picking out the foundation that is suitable for your skin! A personal tip is to always keep your skin healthy, use necessary skin care, and let your skin breathe from time to time!
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