Your true hue: too light? Too dark? Too, eek, orange? Base can go wrong in oh-so-many ways. Let us end your foundation confuzzlement.
KNOW YOUR UNDERTONES
The first step to finding your perfect foundation is to figure out your skin's undertone--cool, warm or neutral. Go to a department store or beauty boutique and sample three shades that seem right for you. Choose one that's cool (looks sort of pinkish), one that's warm (more orange-y) and one that's neutral (kinda beige).
PUT IT TO THE TEST
Place one stripe of each foundation on your cheek. "Wait about two minutes, as foundation has a tendency to oxidize," celeb makeup artist Gregory Arlt tells us, "oftentimes getting darker than it initially appeared." Two foundations will be really obvious and the third should disappear slightly into your skin. That's the correct undertone. If the undertone seems right but you can still see the foundation, move down or up one in color range.
LIQUID, POWDER OR, GULP, MOUSSE?
When you're figuring out your formula, think about what ya need to balance out your skin type. Gregory recommends that girls with normal to oily skin go for matte-finish liquids or powders. If you've got dry skin, steer clear of powders and mousses--they'll just make your skin look dehydrated. Liquids and creams give your skin the moisturizing drink it needs.
The secret to flawless, natural-looking foundation? Smooth skin. Gregory tells us exfoliating twice a week eliminates flakes for a silky base. Before you put on any makeup, apply moisturizer and let it soak in. Girls with breakouts should first apply a primer to avoid drawing attention to bumps.
Resist the urge to finger-paint on your foundation. "Apply a thin layer with a brush or barely damp sponge," Gregory advises (use a dry sponge with powder formulas). Why use tools? The natural oils on your mitts can affect the foundation's color. Start from the middle of your face and work out. Finish with dipping a large, fluffy brush in a pot of translucent powder, blow off the excess and sweep it over your face. Perfection!
CoverGirl TruBlend Whipped Foundation in Ivory, $8, drugstores
Laura Geller Phenomenal Foundation in Light, $35, sephora.com
Maybelline Mineral Powder Liquid Foundation in Natural Ivory, $10, drugstores
Sally Hansen Your Skin Makeup in True Beige, $13, drugstores
Maybelline Mineral Power Natural Foundation in Light Beige, $10, drugstores
IsaDora Velvet Touch Foundation in Sand Beige, $16, cosmeticsmall.com
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Foundation in Honey Beige, $8, drugstores
MAC Mineralize Satinfinish SPF 15 Foundation in NCSO, $27, maccosmetics.com
Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Your Skin Makeup in Chestnut, $13, drugstores
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Foundation in Coca, $8, drugstores
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|Title Annotation:||GL BEAUTY: YOUR PERFECT SHADE|
|Article Type:||Buyers guide|
|Date:||Aug 1, 2008|
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