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How To Choose The Right Foundation For Your Skin Type

The struggle is real! Choosing the right foundation for your specific skin type and ensuring it’s the right shade is a strenuous task. It’s tricky with the multiple texture and shade options. This is a critical product to get right. Foundation, when used accurately, has the power to transform you into a radiating goddess. This same makeup product, if done wrong, can be disastrous. Thankfully, we are here to help you avoid spending moolah on buying and rebuying. Read on and turn into a foundation maestro. Your foundation has one job and one job only, and that is to make your skin look it’s best. The words cakey, mask-like, uneven, etc. should be nowhere close to describing it, when done right. Stay on target with our handy tips. 

1. Getting the Shade Right:

We all have a vague idea of our own skin tone, but the reality could be slightly tweaked. As much as you may think you can pick the right shade through an online purchase, we would recommend otherwise. When picking the right shade, the first purchase must be made only after it is tested. The safest spot to test the shade would be on the neck or the jawline. It should look like an almost flawless blend into your skin, without making you look like a ghost or like you’ve got grey paint on. The right foundation should not change the color of your skin, but rather merge in and just make your skin look smoother, even and radiating. Any other effect, such as making you look lighter or darker, just means it’s the wrong shade. If you’re conflicted between two colors, always choose the darker one as the safer bet. A shade too light, carries with it the danger of making you look chalky.

The way to know that you have picked the right shade of foundation, is when you look in the mirror and you can’t tell that there’s any product on your face. Just brighter, flawless and glowing skin. Always double check the shade in natural sunlight to see its effect under strong light. Finally, remember that there’s a high chance that our skin gets darker in the summer, so be ready to tweak the shade as the seasons change. 

2.    Identifying Your Undertone:

Your undertone is a big deciding factor toward picking the right foundation. Look closely at your bare skin, preferably areas that have not been exposed to sun damage. If you see hints of yellow or gold, and your skin gets darker, but doesn’t burn easily in the sun, you belong to the warm undertone category. In contrast, if you can see pinkish tones, and you get sun burnt easily, you have a cool undertone. Most Indian women, however, belong to the warm undertone category. Blame it on the sun! There’s a third type, which is a combination of the pink and yellow tones, skin that burns sometimes and also gets darker, and that category falls under a neutral undertone. 

If you’re still unsure, we have another way. Look at the color of your veins. The green veins are a sign your undertone is warm and if they appear purple or blueish, then it’s a cool undertone. Once you know your undertone, assuming it’s a warm undertone, you are looking for a foundation that is yellow-based. If you’re among the few in India with a cool undertone, then opt for the pink-based foundation shades. Neutral undertones should pick foundations with a mix of yellow and pink-based foundation. 

3.    Choosing the Perfect Finish: 

This step can never be underestimated, simply because, it addresses the specific needs of your skin and no other will do. It’s literally all in the formula. Whether you have oily, dry or combination skin, there’s the right texture waiting for you. 

Oily skin needs an oil-free powder or mousse foundation. The powders in them work toward absorbing the excess oil from your skin to offer a luxuriously smooth and matte look. The Lakme Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse is designed to offer a feather-light finish with a clean matte look. 

Hydrating foundations are designed for dry skin and offer a creamy texture that continually delivers moisture, while offering the required coverage. Choose a liquid or mousse texture so as to compliment your skin immaculately. Lakme 9to5 Perfect Cover Foundation​​​​​​​ is a hydrating luminous foundation that blends flawlessly to offer a dewy finish. 

For those of you who have it both ways, oily in certain areas and dry in others, steer clear of oil-rich foundations and glide towards an all-rounded offering. A mousse texture works well towards hydrating and absorbing oil all at the same time. Try the Lakme 9to5 Weightless Mousse Foundation  for healthy and even-looking skin that does the job to completion. It’s pore minimizing effect is an added bonus. 

4.    Ensuring a Swatch Test:

Testing it on your hand is not enough. The skin on your arm or hand is almost always never the same color as your face. Do a swatch test by applying the shade around your jaw line and let it rest for a minute before you analyse. Do not limit the test to the store light. Step out into the sun and check yourself out. Once you think you have found your pick, choose some color shades close to the one of your choice and dab swatches along the jawline and compare with the one of your choice. This step is critical to ensure the shade is just right and most natural. Don’t shy away from seeking professional help. There’s a reason the beauty assistants are waiting on you at the store. Use their services wisely. They have the experience and they’re here for you. 

Now you’re good to go! Cleanse, tone, and moisturize. Apply your primer. Once it’s settled, open up your foundation and let the magic begin. Gorgeous skin in a jiffy!

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