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5 Things To Keep In Mind Before Picking A Foundation.

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Beauty is power; a smile is its sword. For many of us, makeup and cosmetics are a way to explore, redefine and rediscover ourselves and not just enhance our appearance. Makeup is used as a beauty aid to help build up the self-esteem and confidence of an individual. Makeup and cosmetics have been around for centuries. We have all come across different stories about how the Egyptian princesses used fruit juices and charcoals as makeup.


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Lucky for us, we have many brands hosting a variety of makeup products. Makeup plays an important role for both men and women. Many men and women use basic makeup essentials like foundation, creams, perfumes, hair products, and chapstick on a regular basis across the world. These products have a different price range. Along with this, the products are made in a way that it is suitable for people of all skin types and skin problems.

The basis of every makeup is the perfect foundation. Choosing the right foundation is very important. Here are some tips you need to keep in mind while picking a foundation for yourself:

1) Know Your Skin

Before selecting any makeup product, most importantly a foundation, know your skin type. It is important to know if you have, dry, or combination, normal or sensitive skin. If you end up choosing the wrong type of foundation, you may end up damaging your skin, clog the pores and end up with breakouts. You can take a test online or consult a professional to know which foundation is most suitable for your skin type.

2) Know Your Undertone

It is important that you know your skin’s undertone. Undertone is not the same as skin color. Undertones can be cool, warm, or neutral. Foundations mainly come in three ranges of shades: fair, medium, and dark. For each range of shades, there is also a range of undertones: cool, warm, and neutral. You can have a look at your wardrobe or consider your hair color to know your skin’s undertone.

3) Check the Label, Price, and Place

Before purchasing any foundation, have a look at its label. Check if you are allergic to any product. Take the name and quality of the brand into consideration. When buying your foundation, look for a store that offers support from beauty experts who can help you choose the right shade and foundation. Unless you are extremely sure about it, avoid purchasing foundation from online websites. Check the pricing of the brand and compare it with other popular brands.

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4) What Occasion???

Select the foundation based on what occasion you will use it. If you plan to use the foundation in humid conditions, pick one that is water-resistant or sweat-resistant but still breathable. For proms, formal events, or weddings, choose a foundation that won't fade and will keep your skin looking picture perfect. A semi-matte to the matte foundation is a great option. You should change your foundation several times a year in order to match your coloring and adjust your look to the season.

5) Test It Out

Most importantly, don’t forget to test out your foundation. Most people just test out the foundation on their wrist. I suggest that you test out the foundation on your face as well. Your face tone and your hand tone may be completely different due to different exposure. Try mixing two shades if you can’t find the perfect shade for your skin. Also, pick a foundation perfect for your age as your skin texture changes with time. Hence, choose the right liquid foundation for older skin tone.



If you are unsure about a particular foundation, buy a trial pack and use it for a week before committing to it. Don’t buy cheap and low-quality brands just for the sake of buying a foundation. Always ask for help if you are unsure.

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