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Hi Shishters: Here’s the Basis for A Good Foundation

Written by Caisi Calandra

Even though there’s technically not a specific age at which children can start playing with makeup, most start at a young age. There’s maybe the curiosity of something a little more pigmented than chapstick, or lipgloss — maybe they’ve seen their mothers applying lipstick before work and wonder what it would look like on themselves.

Some of the purest curiosity from a child can blossom into a passion, a genuine interest in the art of makeup and all of its possibilities.

But not all children have the opportunity to experiment with makeup when they’re younger, though, and suddenly, they find themselves in in their twenties without a clue as to what to buy, to try and to get rid of. One of the most important things in a makeup routine, if you’re willing to jump in and try new things, is the foundation. When shopping, most don’t take into account their skin type, which can greatly affect the outcome of your foundation and how well it stays on your skin. (Primer is also important!)

Normal to dry skin: If you’re just starting out and want to try something natural, light coverage foundation is for you! If you’re the kind of person who has minimal to no acne (a blessing), this foundation would work like BB, or CC, cream. It might work to get rid of any unevenness that you might have in your skin tone without looking cakey or feeling heavy.

If you have a normal skin type (which consists of getting just a bit oily in the T-zone), a light coverage foundation would give you a more natural, hydrating, and glowy look. Some of the downsides of light coverage foundations is that they’re usually not good for oily skin because it makes oily areas on your face even more oily.

Oily skin: For those of you with oily skin, matte-finish liquid foundations are your new best friend. With matte-finish foundations, you’re usually able to build up to the level of coverage that you want (or don’t want). They’re great for holding back oil in your skin, and, an extra tip: using a bit of setting powder, whether translucent or not, can help to set the foundation even more.

It’s difficult to tell when too much powder is used for matte foundations because they dry up, essentially, and can you leave you feeling dry. That’s why, if you’re only really oily in certain areas, I would suggest applying a bit of powder there just in case.

Slightly normal to slightly dry: If you’re a gal or pal on the go, and you’re into those cute compact foundations, and have this skin type, this is perfect thing for you. If you don’t want a true matte or dewy finish, this foundation will give you something in the middle.

The only downside is that this might contribute to your oily areas, and it’s easy for this type of foundation to get cakey. With a light hand, and some emergency powder nearby, though, managing something like this would be easy.

Just remember, there’s no right way to do your makeup! Play around and make mistakes, because you’ll know your skin better than anyone else.