Hi my dear readers, Monday is nearly over for me, and I am glad! How is your Monday going? Hope you are having a fresh nice week.
Today’s topic is my foundation collection. As you may know I have normal to combination skin with oily T Zone, I like satin to matte finish makeup look. When I first started to try foundations, I went to MAC store to get my foundation shade matched by their makeup artist(MUA). I was matched as NC 20 by the MUA(I’d say it is a pretty good match); however, due to I was unfamiliar with my own skin colour (I always thought I was darker or yellower than NC 20 for some reason) I bought NC25 which I now regret deeply.
From what I have learnt, there are warm, cool and neutral skin undertone and there are fair to light, medium and dark skin colour. Taking me as an example, I have typical Asian yellow skin, so warm undertone foundation suits me the best; however as I have fairly light skin, I normally buy foundation shade that are light or light to medium depending on brands.
How do you pick the right foundation/BB cream(AKA Blemish Balm)?
1. Get your skin matched by MUA in a department store, or try the tester on your neck and see if the foundation can blend into your skin seamlessly if you buy drug store foundations.
2. As many makeup artists have suggested, don’t buy foundations if you are unsure unless you have seen yourself wearing the foundation you wish to buy under daylight. When you are in store, the lighting could deceit you into buying the wrong shade (the mistake like I have made with MAC NC 25).
3. Check carefully making sure that the foundation shade matches your body(neck, chest area and even arms and hands). That means you might need different shades if you like to get tanned in summer and go whiter in winter.
4. Before you are committed to buy any foundation/BB cream, read reviews and try finding recommendations(brand,shade and finish) from other people who have similar undertone , skin tone and skin type as you (this tip helps me a lot)
5. Know your skin type, don’t buy foundations that aren’t suitable for you as they may break you out, and/or make your skin too dry or too oily.
6. Don’t be defeated if you can’t find your perfect match in the beginning, and please know that you can always mix foundation shades or use powders or bronzes to correct the shade to your liking if you have to.
Please note I am not an expert on makeup, so what I am writing here is based on my personal experience and own understanding.
Now comes to the fun part, Let me introduce you to my foundation/BB cream collection.
*corresponding swatches from left to right
The shades are:
Smashbox 1.2 ( it looks very yellow but once it applied onto my skin, it blends into my skin as if it is my own)
MAC NC25 (one shade darker)
Loreal True Match W1 ((tad lighter, however W2 is too yellow)
Bourjois 123 Perfect foundation 52
Covergirl outlast 3in1 825
Revlon Colour Stay 150 Buff
Super BB cream Pink label (it looks grey however, when it applies onto my yellow skin, it somehow neutralize my skin colour and make it look whiter. Personally I like it as I am a typical Asian gal who does not like sun tanning my skin, I prefer whiter skin)
Maybelline Dream Pure BB cream in medium.
Except MAC NC25 and Loreal True Match, all other shades are pretty good matches to my undertone and skin colour. I usually mix MAC NC25 and Loreal True Match in a ratio of 1:2 in order to match my skin tone.
With respect to lasting power on my normal to combination skin, I rate these foundation from 1(less lasting power) to 5 (most lasting power).
Smashbox 1.2 rating: 5
MAC NC25 rating:5
Loreal True Match rating:5
Bourjois 123 Pefect foundation rating:4
Covergirl outlast 3in1 rating:5
Revlon Colour Stay rating:5
Super BB cream pink label rating:3
Maybelline dream Pure BB cream rating:3
With respect to finish and coverage:
Smashbox 1.2 matte finish + medium to full coverage
MAC NC25 matte finish + medium to full coverage
Loreal True Match semi matte and powdery finish + medium coverage
Bourjois 123 Pefect foundation semi matte finish + medium coverage
Covergirl outlast 3in1 matte finish + medium to full coverage
Revlon Colour Stay(for oil to combination skin) matte finish + medium to full coverage
Super BB cream pink label dewy finish + light coverage
Maybelline dream Pure BB cream semi matte finish +light coverage
Side note: non of these foundations/BB cream break me out ; however I don’t really have sensitive skin.
Now you have learnt about my foundation/BB cream collection, I am interested to know what your favorite foundations are? How you choose foundations shades and types that suit your skin? What you favorite brands are? Leave your comments below and let’s chat.
Thanks for reading.
Stay fabulous and beautiful; stay tuned for my next post.