Whether its a tinted moisturiser or full coverage foundation, finding a base that is exactly what you’re looking for is pretty difficult, but there are a couple of things that can make the process a whole lot easier…
Honestly, I’m a nightmare when it comes to picking a base that I like, I’m about as fussy as they come. I know how difficult it is to find a base that ticks all the boxes, firstly I think it is so important to know your skin. Before I knew I had dehydrated skin all foundations were looking patchy and uneven, after just a couple of hours. Now I know that I have mainly oily skin with some areas of dehydration, I can tailor my skincare to help with the dehydration and then pick a foundation that suits my oily skin, making it a much easier process.
Know what finish you like, having oily skin means I stay clear from anything that will make me look dewy straight away (although I really I didn’t have to, as I think a dewy finish looks gorgeous). Knowing what finish you are after really narrows down the options and makes it a lot easier to choose, all finishes have their pros and cons, having oily skin really influences my decision when it comes to the finish of a foundation.
Know what coverage you like to wear, I feel like a lot of people are against a full coverage foundation, but I’m all for them! There are so many ways you can make a full coverage look more natural, and if you want to wear full coverage, then you go girl! For me coverage usually goes hand in hand with how long it will last, so if I need it to last all day I’ll opt for a full coverage foundation, but for a couple of hours a tinted moisturiser/ bb cream will do.
Keep your skin well moisturised, if my skin isn’t moisturised then there is no chance that my foundation will last. Dehydrated skin will end up drawing all of the moisture out of your foundation, leaving it looking patchy and dry. So basically, invest in a good moisturiser.
Try other products to help make the perfect base e.g. primer and setting spray, sometimes my foundation needs a little help in hand, I love using both matifying and illuminating primers depending upon how my skin is that day. Also after I apply any sort of base I use a setting spray, my absolute favourite is the Urban Decay All Nighter, it makes my makeup look fresh and it lasts so much longer throughout the day (or night). Both of these steps are really worth the extra minute or so in the morning if you are struggling with the staying power of your makeup!
Find the perfect shade, when I first started wearing foundation I had no clue about shades! I went to a makeup counter where they were able to tell me what undertones I have, which has made it so much easier to find a colour that is perfect for me, Also if you have a foundation that is already the perfect shade for you, then take a little pot of it with you when you’re on the hunt for another base, this way you can match yourself up.
Test it first! Obviously so much more difficult with affordable options, but always get a tester or have the foundation applied to your skin before you go ahead and splash out £30 on a base you end up hating. If I have my eye on a new base (currently the Nars velvet matte skin tint) I’ll have a little look online first to see what sort of shade I think I could be, and then either have it applied in store or ask for a tester.
Read reviews, when I see an advert for a new foundation and I think I would love it, I get really temped there and then to just order it (anyone else get over excited and impulse buy)? Reading honest reviews from normal people is probably one of the best things I can do before buying a foundation. There are so many blogger/ vloggers that have a similar skin type to myself, and I know that I’ll more than likely love it if they do, saving myself the money and the hassle.
Try different method of application, there have been so many times when I think I’ve found the perfect foundation, and then I’m disappointed, but a lot of the time it is how I’ve applied it. I try every new foundation I have with my beauty blender, buffing brush and my fingers and often one works a lot better than the others.
If you have any other tips on finding the perfect base then please let me know!