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A survey conducted by Skinstore.com revealed that the average woman spends almost $200,000 on makeup, including foundation, in her lifetime. When you spend that much money on makeup, it's essential to choose the right foundation and get the best look for your hard-earned cash.
There's no such thing as "one-size-fits-all" foundation. Wearing a foundation that’s not appropriate for your skin can make it drier, oilier or cause it to flake. Determine the best foundation for your skin type, and then sample different foundations designed for your skin until you find one that feels right and gives you the coverage you need.
You need to take into account several factors to find the right foundation. Your skin tone, skin type, facial features, age, hair color and the look you want (natural, classic, high-fashion, edgy) are all components of the right foundation choice.
Finding a foundation that fits your skin type is the most important factor in choosing this makeup necessity. You can damage already compromised skin if you have dry skin and wear a foundation designed for oily skin, or wear foundation for dry skin and you are acne-prone.
You probably don’t have time to browse store makeup counters or Sephora all day, and that’s where a subscription beauty box can help you save time and find the right foundation.
A Beauty Box contains different types of makeup including foundation, so you can try out different shades and brands without spending a lot of money at the store. For example, the BoxyCharm Beauty Box contains lipstick, powder, eyeliner, nail polish and other cosmetics. This subscription box is available in one, three, six or 12-month subscriptions, so you can try out new cosmetics, including foundation, as often as you want.
Beauty Boxes contain high-quality products at a discount so that you can save 50% or more on foundation and other cosmetics. Experiment with foundation, eyeliner, and other beauty products in the privacy of your own home, and not at the store counter
You can also order a Walmart Beauty Box, which contains lotions, body wash, moisturizers, hand creams, shampoo, suntan oil and other beauty products. The Walmart Box is sent four times a year, in the Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter, with appropriate seasonal beauty choices.
Don’t waste time listening to pushy sales clerks, or sampling foundations that sound better than they look. Get the latest beauty products delivered to your home by contacting a subscription box service instead.
The first thing you need to do is accurately determine your skin type. Oily, dry, combination and sensitive are the four most common skin types. Your skin type can change a few times during your life, so it's important to reexamine your skin every few years to make sure you're still using the right foundation.
You could be making oily or dry skin worse or causing new problems if you’re using the wrong skincare products-soaps, scrubs, washes, etc.- on your face.
Regardless of your skin type, you should stop using heavy emollients, products containing fragrance, abrasive scrubs, harsh cleaners or cleaning brushes with stiff bristles.
Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and then follow it with a toner. Wait 15 to 30 minutes later, and judge how your skin reacts to the application.
You have dry skin if your skin becomes tight, flakes or feels dry. Oil diffusing over your face or shiny skin means you have oily skin. You have combination skin if your jaws and cheeks feel somewhat tight or dry and your T-zone (your nose, chin, and mid-forehead) becomes shiny or oily.
Most people have combination skin because the center of the face contains more oil glands than the cheeks.
There are hundreds of well-known foundation brands at all price ranges. Some women buy foundation at the drugstore, while other go to beauty supply stores, Sephora, Ulta or high-end department stores. Regardless of the price or brand, if you know your skin type and have a specific overall look in mind, it's much easier to find the right foundation.
Browse our list of some popular foundation types to determine the best foundation for your skin type.
Match the foundation shade to the skin on your chest, not your face, to choose an accurate color. This method works best if you are careful about protecting your face with a good sunscreen.
Test a spot of foundation on the back of your hand and let it stay on your skin for a few minutes to see how it absorbs. Does it change color when it dries? You can check the color in natural sunlight – you don’t need to rely solely on the artificial store lighting or make-up mirror lights to give you an accurate appraisal of the shade.
Choose a foundation with salicylic acid if you have oily or acne-prone skin. Buy a foundation that contains SPF 15 sunscreen or more if you spend a lot of time outdoors and don’t want to use a separate sunscreen on your face.
Some women like to apply foundation primer before putting on the foundation. Foundation primer fills in the pores in your skin and allows the foundation to go on smoothly. It works the same way paint primer does. You can apply moisturizer before putting on foundation to get the same effect, but some women prefer primer. Experiment with both methods to see which one works best for you.
Finding the best foundation for your skin type can involve a bit of trial and error. However, if you follow our advice, you’ll likely save a good deal of money and locate your ideal product sooner. Best of luck!