4 Steps to choosing the right foundation for your skin

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choosing the right foundation

No woman likes retouching her make-up throughout the day. So, to make your foundation last longer while looking impeccable, prepping your skin is crucial. Follow these easy tips to ensure your make-up lasts up to 24 hours.

4 Steps to choosing the right foundation for your skin

1. Start with a primer

Primers are the secret to creating a smooth flawless base. This pre-foundation product helps minimise pores, soften your skin and make your foundation last longer.

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2. Conceal it

This make-up staple can be used to hide anything, from dark circles to blemishes. When choosing a concealer, go for one shade lighter than your foundation. Also, not all concealers are skin-coloured; other colours can be used to cover up, too. These are some of the colours and what they do:

  • Orange and yellow hide dark circles and spots.
  • Green neutralises redness and covers blemishes.
  • Purple hides hyperpigmentation.
  • Pink brightens the eye area.

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3. Choose the right tool

Brush or sponge? If you want an airbrushed finish with light to medium coverage, then a long bristle brush is what you need. Pick a brush with a flat top to get full coverage and a nicely blended base. Make-up sponges are great for natural looking coverage; they help blend out the foundation in one step.

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4. The perfect canvas

Choosing the right foundation can be tricky, especially if you’re not sure what to look out for. You need to select a foundation that’s right for your skin. If you have oily skin, then go for matte or oil-free; for dry skin, you must choose hydrating formulas. Here are a few foundations and the type of coverage they offer:

  • Liquid foundations go from medium to full coverage, depending on how much you apply. They are suitable for most skin types.
  • Cream foundations provide full coverage and are best suited for dry skin.
  • Mousse tends to be lightweight, making it suitable for all skin types.
  • Stick foundations cater for normal to oily skin type; the coverage can be heavy, making it easier to cover blemishes or dark circles.
  • Face powder works well on oily skin. It comes in a compact form making it easy to apply and build up coverage.

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