Tell us something? When was the last time you bought some new foundation for your face? If you can’t remember, the writing is faded from the packaging, or the old stuff is causing your face to break out, it’s been way too long.
According to a lot of makeup artists, you shouldn’t keep foundation around for more than 12-18 months. If you do, not only will you not get the optimal amount of coverage that you’re seeking, but it usually ends up being a breeding ground for bacteria (yuck!).
So whether it’s time to get some new foundation, or you are just ready to switch to another brand, here are some things that you should consider before making a purchase.
1. Your skin color
The first thing we recommend you consider is your skin tone. That’s because there are far too many women walking around who are wearing foundation that looks more like a mask because it doesn’t match their skin’s color as well as it should. If you happen to be a woman with an olive skin tone or a darker complexion, it’s always a good idea to look into foundation brands that specialize in your skin’s color. You can read about some of them here. Because it can be hard to pick up on the imperfections in your skin, you may want to consult with a customer service person at a makeup counter before taking any foundation home with you. That way, you can avoid buyer's remorse.
2. Your skin type
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There are different types of skin: “normal”, dry, oily, combination, sensitive, and acne-prone. Knowing what your skin type is, should also play a big role in the kind of foundation that you choose. For instance, if you have oily or acne-prone skin, powder foundation is a wise choice simply because it doesn’t clog pores. On the other hand, if you have dry skin, you may want to try a liquid foundation so that your skin will appear to be more supple and moisturized.
3. Your skin's condition
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If your skin has very few imperfections, you may want to nix a foundation altogether and go with something lighter (and more natural-looking) like a tinted moisturizer. Some fan favorites include bareMinerals COMPLEXION RESCUE Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream, Per-fekt 10 Skin Perfection Plus and Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35. If you have some severe acne scars, you don’t want to focus so much on hiding them that the foundation cakes up into the crevices of your skin. A cream-to-powder combination might be best like maybe Beyond Perfecting Powder Foundation + Concealer. That way, you get the best of both worlds.
4. Foundation options
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We’ve pretty much already addressed all of the different types of foundation that you should think about: liquid, cream, powder, cream-to-powder and foundation that comes in the form of a concealer stick. Again, remember to take your skin type into account before choosing one, no matter how popular a particular brand may be.
5. Your budget
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And finally, there’s your budget. It’s kind of a misconception that “you get what you pay for” when it comes to makeup. For instance, Revlon has a ColorStay Foundation that many people like that is less than $15 a bottle. This proves that you don’t have to spend half of your paycheck on cosmetics. Just know what you want, the price range you can afford, and put your skin’s needs before your personal preferences. You should be all set if you do that.