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The Right Foundation

There are two aspects of foundations which require selection - the form of foundation and the colour of foundation. The first thing you have to decide on, is the form of the foundation. Some forms are more suited to certain skin types than others.

Tips for Choosing Foundations as per your Skin Type

A dry skin is best served by an oil-based foundation (cream type) as this gives additional moisture.

An oily skin requires a less oily foundation - even an oil-free, water­based one (cake or stick form).

For normal skin it is easy to choose. Emulsions and liquid foundations can be formulated to suit all skin types.

Skin type apart, age and the basic condition of your skin would also influence the
choice of your foundation. The better the condition of the skin, the thinner should the foundation be; so light sheer liquids are good on young or fine skins. A light liquid may also be the best choice for an older skin, though two coats may be required to give full coverage; a heavier product on such a skin may emphasize the lines and the skin creases. If your skin is in a poor condition (has an uneven colour or tone or is
blemished) then a heavier foundation (cream or stick) will give a better appearance. If you have a fine skin and you want a natural appearance, then use the gel foundations.

Foundation Test

If you are already using a foundation but are not sure to which category it belongs, you can find this out by putting a drop of the foundation into a dish of water. If the foundation disperses easily and can be stirred into the water to form a cloudy liquid, it is predominantly water-based and can be used if you have an oily skin. If, however, it remains in a bubble and on stirring breaks up into smaller bubbles, it is oil based and should be used on dry skins and not on oily skins.

Choosing Foundation Colour

The next thing is to choose the colour: From a wide variety of colours now available, it should not be too difficult to choose a shade that matches the natural colouring of your face. A harmonized makeup base must match the natural skin tone of the person as much as possible.

Tips for Choosing Colours

For the Gold Harmony of skin colour use beige, brownish-gold or ochre
F for the Bluish Harmony use pinkish-beige, peach or pinkish ochre.

If there are more than one colour tones in your face then match the foundation to the middle tone. This colour matching is best done in day-light and not in artificial light. While choosing colour of the foundation, it would be ideal to test it on your face, failing which, the next best area to match is, the inside of your wrist.

Mixing two foundation colours - one which matches your skin and the other which complements your natural colouring could have a dramatic effect. The complementary colours should be chosen with equal care: unattractive skin tones like floridity, can be balanced by a beige tone, while a slightly pink foundation will warm a sallow complexion.

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Finding the right Foundation for your Skin Type