Hey there guys.
Today I wanted to talk to you all about a little .. okay a HUGE dilemma I've been facing the majority of my life. Foundation WTF disorder.
I've read up on the subject and learned that pretty much the #1 most common mistake is using the incorrect shade of foundation for your skin tone.
Here's the thing, wearing the wrong foundation color makes the body and face appear different in color.This causes the makeup to look "masky" , the wrong shade of foundation can make you look sickly, too pale, like you're sporting a bad fake tanning/bronzing product, enhance wrinkles, and essentially do the exact opposite of what we want to show off. In short, it's working for the opposing team.
That being said, I have NEVER in my life found the correct shade for my skin tone. I'm not sure weather I just can't see the slight variants of shades in the bottle, or what. But .. In that area I'm a total Noob. I need some help and advice from you guys If you could help me, I would be forever grateful.
The first thing is to determine what you are looking for in a foundation and what would suit your skin type.
1) I have normal-dry skin (tends to lead closer to dry in most seasons)
2) I have slight redness in my cheeks & on my nose I want to cover as well as I like my foundation to cover imperfections in the skin so I assume I want a med-full coverage foundation.
3.) I do not have oily skin, but I do like a matte looking, "airbrushed" appearance foundation for daily use. In the heat of summer if Im going to be outside, I generally skip foundation as I sweat underneath it and it causes breakouts. And looks like poo melting off my face! But I would rather wear it than skip it, so If I find one that's lightweight enough.. maybe I change this habit.
4) I am extremely fair skinned. Every foundation I've ever tried.. (and that's a lot) Has been either WAY too yellow, too ashy, too dark, too bronze and so on and so fourth.
5) I would like a foundation that is oil-free,contains SPF or sunscreen and is hypoallergenic if possible. (The sunscreen I like to double up on if I can, as the moisturizer I use also has an SPF.)
Foundation is expensive. Its one of the most if not the most expensive investments in my makeup bag. I'm sure EVERY woman is sick of wasting countless amounts of money on shades that are just not right for them. I now have given up on foundation at this point and have just started wearing finishing powder only. This SUCKS. It has no coverage (aside from looking a little more finished as far as my face goes) Its not meant for replacing foundation. I do use moisturizer before applying anything on my face, but even so, most days just wearing finishing powder makes my skin look dry instead of supple and healthy.
So here is a photo. Its a naked faced me. In direct natural light. It is overcast because .. well I live in Seattle and I've heard somewhere that it rains a lot here. HAHA. I love the rain though so it's nice.
If someone out there is good with color matching, please suggest color, brand and type of foundation below in the comments. I will be using these suggestions to purchase samples and HOPEFULLY finding a holy grail foundation. Its been far too long without one!