I always find foundation to be one of the more tricky parts of makeup. It’s such a personal product and really depends on your individual skin colour, type and texture; so what one person recommends may not suit everyone. Sadly it’s not a case of one fits all, but I have some recommendations and tips to share…
I was recently contacted by Reviews.com offering a very helpful article on tried and tested foundations for different skin types, as well as tips for choosing the right foundation for you in terms of colour testing and application tips. The foundation struggle is real, but these guys are here to lend a hand. You can read the article here, and check out their website for some more useful research and reviews. It’s a really good resource for makeup lovers or people who are experimenting with makeup.
If you’re anything like me and have combination skin, I have 3 top picks that I have enjoyed using this past year. I have always found foundation-matching tedious; my forehead and sides of my face get very dry, but my foundation usually does the old disappearing act around my t-zone and chin. I’d love to use the really glowy and dewy foundations, but I know that give it a few hours and it will not be looking so radiant and will be sliding all over the place. I prefer to use slightly more matte finishes, or if I am going to use a more dewy foundation, I at least use primer and set my oily areas with translucent powder. Powder, you are a God-send. But despite preferring matte finishes, I don’t want to look cakey and flat. It’s taken a while, but I think i’ve got there… Here are my top picks that are not only great products, but affordable too:
1. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless:
This foundation has been mentioned a couple of times in previous posts and is one that I have been using almost daily for over a year. When I first tried it on the back of my hand, it seemed almost too runny, but once applied to the face it blends like a dream and stays put. The colour range isn’t bad either, there are plenty of shades to choose from, even catering to the paler ladies like myself. I use shade 105 and it’s a good match for me and doesn’t really oxidize much at all. It’s a matte finish as it describes itself, but is not cakey or thick on the skin and gives an airbrushed finish. Definitely recommended.
2. Rimmel Match Perfection SPF 20:
The Rimmel Match Perfection was an impulse buy not long ago on one of my regular trips to Boots. A lot of my friends use Rimmel foundation and swear by it so I thought I’d give this one a try. It feels slightly more moussey in texture to me but really sits well on the skin and blends easily. I find this one does need a little bit of building but the colour range is spot on and the finish is very pretty and radiant, i’d say it feels in between matte and dewy. It gives your skin a bit of a glow without turning you into a disco ball, which is a great balance.
3. L’Oreal Infallible 24H-Matte:
This foundation was mentioned in a previous post a while ago, and I rediscovered it recently after looking to buy a new foundation. It is a matte finish and a medium coverage formula, but again is not cakey or flat. It is ideal for oily skin areas as it doesn’t slide or crease, and it wears beautifully throughout the day. This is a good one for work or if you’ve got a long day and want to avoid touching up your makeup often. I find that even on my drier areas, it is not too mattifying, and still gives that coveted radiance without the shine. Give this one a try if you haven’t already!
If you missed the link to the Reviews.com article, here it is again: The Best Foundation
I hope this post was helpful in battling the foundation struggle! And Happy New Year to you!