How to choose the perfect foundation shade and texture to match your skin type. Find out what type of makeup base to pick to get a perfect matte or sheer finish.

It happens that when you're doing your makeup, you realize you didn't get that perfect, flawless skin.
Maybe you just need to find out how to choose the right foundation that goes with your complexion's tone.

Nowadays, women live i big cities, where air pollution is high and our skin has to suffer. Specialists are developing foundations with special formulas to protect our skin.

The myth that foundation clog pores and cause breakouts is completely false; in fact, foundation covers the skin and becomes the ultimate protection for the skin.

A thin film of foundation insulates the skin and protects it from the damage, dust and smoke from the atmosphere.
Beside pigments they have added benefits like: soothing substances, vitamins, moisturizer, sun protection or even anti wrinkle creams.

With the big variety that's available in color and texture, it seems to be the impossible to choose.
But remember - foundation is a base of the makeup, that it will influence the whole look.

Don't use it to darken your complexion's tone - it's meant to hide the imperfections and give the face an even base.

How to Choose the best foundation shade

When looking for the right shade, you should choose a tone or semi-tone lighter then your skin.

Don't try foundation on your forearm, because the skin is different then your complexion.

To be sure you choose right, apply a little to the base of you neck and blend, or directly to your face - then go and check it out in natural light. If it blends into your skin, then you've found your shade.

If can't find none that match perfectly, opt for mixing 2 shades together:

one shade lighter and one darker that your skin color.

It's even better to have more than one shade of foundation - your skin shade's changes every season even if you can't notice.

Don't do your makeup in artificial light, especially neon. It will make you look more pale and you'll be tempted to use more foundation.
If you look in the mirror and actually see the foundation, it means it's too much.

Try to apply it in thin layers - pick up small amounts at once, blend well, wait some seconds to "dry" and if you need more coverage, repeat applying same thin layer.

What type of foundation suits my skin

There are many foundations with different textures for specific finishes: liquid, cream sticks, powder,
mousse or spray.

Liquid foundations are sheer and great for most skin types, even out skin well and cover blemishes and scars. It's the best option for normal skin that doesn't have any particular problems.

Stick foundations provide a heavy coverage, great for blotchy skin and were made for women on the run who need a quick fix.

Cream foundations offer the best of both worlds to women with dry, flaky skin. Provide total coverage and contain rich moisturizers.

Use your fingers or makeup sponge applicator to apply carefully. It dries quickly, so try to apply it as fast as you can to avoid a patchy look.
Don't forget to blend well any harsh lines.

Powders are used to control shine. They contain a certain amount of foundation and usually used during the day for touching up and refresh the coverage. Delivers a great matte, even finish. You'll find it lighter than the creams so it's perfect for women with normal to oily skin. But this foundation can show off your dry skin and blemishes.

Mousse foundation is a cream foundation in a whipped consistency. It gives a lighter coverage. A great option for older skin because mousse foundation doesn't settle in fine lines and wrinkles.

Spray on foundations are great for acne scars and post surgical skin to help the make up last longer.