Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Foundation Tips

Hello Everyone!

Today's post is one that I've been wanting to write for quite some regarding foundation tips. I'm not a certified MUA, but I find these tips have helped me along in my foundation journey.

Before I get started I wanted to talk a little bit about face primers.  Before I add any makeup of my face I use a primer.

Why should you use a primer?

Using a primer before you apply your foundation will make your makeup last longer, limit creasing, and it will also help with your makeup glide smoothly on your face. Using a primer can also help control and or reduce excess oil.

1. What am I looking for?

I think that in order to find the right foundation, you need to have an idea of what you're looking for.

Examples:  Am I looking for a full coverage or medium coverage foundation etc? Do I want to try drugstore foundations, or high end foundations?

2. What is the the best option for my skin type?

I have normal to oily skin. When my skin is feeling oily, I stay clear of foundations that are oil based or that will give a dewy glow.  You have to know your skin type and chose a foundation (s) that will work for skin and personal preference.

3. What are my Foundation options?

Here's a list of the different types of foundations that are available.

1. Liquid (or Cream) Foundation

2. Oil Based Foundation 

3. Sheer Foundation

4. Matte (Oil Free) Foundation

5. Mousse or Whipped Foundation

6. Stick Foundation

7. Powder (Compact) Foundation


8. Mineral (Natural Looking) Foundation

9.  Shimmer Foundation 

10. Waterproof Foundation 

I did a little research, so I wouldn't leave out any foundations. You can find the full descriptions for each of the Foundations at http://beauty.about.com/od/foundationsconcealers/a/foundtypes.htm

4. What is my foundation shade?

Over the years of using foundation, my shades can range from Honey, Sun Beige, or Tan.
In my opinion, I think it's best to go in the store and use the foundation testers. If I purchase a foundation online, it's usually a repurchase. When you go into a store you have the opportunity to visually see if the foundation matches your skin. You can ask a beauty representative at the store or at the makeup counter, but please make sure the person matches your shade correctly. Also, please try to match the foundation to your neck as well. This is very important because depending on the shade you choose you may end up looking severely two toned, not to mention the shade difference will likely show up in any photos you take.

5. Mixology

Don't you just hate when you can't find the foundation shade you need, but you really like the brand? Have no fear you can possibly mix foundation to get the shade desired. I don't really recommend this to beginner makeup users. If you're new to makeup it can already be overwhelming to pick out the products you need without having to mix foundations. I typically don't like to mix foundations, but on those rare occasions I will if I have too.

6. Some Foundations double as a Concealer 

Here are some of my favorite foundations that double as a concealer 

Depending on the foundation and coverage, some Foundations work double as a concealer.  I have a few in my makeup collection that I use as a concealer.

7. Foundation Beauty Tools

Foundation Brushes

Buffing Brushes

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

I can very picky about the types of tools that I use for applying my foundation. Sometimes I will use my brushes or my makeup sponge. If I use my foundation brushes, I follow up by using a buffing brush to help smooth out my foundation. I absolutely love using my RT Miracle Sponge to apply my foundation. The different angles on the sponge help apply my foundation so well. The brushes that are displayed are my holy grail tools that I typically use.

8. Blend

When you apply your foundation make sure you blend. Blending is important because you don't want to have splotchy, streaky, or cakey foundation due to lack of blending. Not everyone uses foundation on their neck (I know that I typically don't), but if you do, blend the foundation on your neck as well.

I hope that you found my foundation tips helpful! I think that I covered the basics, but please feel free to share any of your tips in the comment section.

February 2017 Posts 

My Life in January 2017

Valentine's Day Inspired Makeup: Soft Smokey Eyes and Red Lips

My Milani Lipstick Collection 

Happy Valentine's Day 2017

Recent Manicures ft. Zoya Nail Polish

Currently Using 

Inspirational Post: Forgiveness 

Projects with Pilar: Bright Yellow Scarf and Hat Set 

Thanks for stopping by my blog!


Jackie Harrison said...

Great tips love the brand choices.

Marie said...

These are great tips! Have you written a review on the Milani Foundation? I don't think I remember reading the review if you did write a post. Thanks for sharing!

Pilar said...


Pilar said...

Thanks! I haven't written a review on the Milani Foundation yet. I need to get a jump start on that!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Awesome tips! Blending is key :)

Naturalle Drea said...

Great tips Pilar. I mainly use liquid foundations and occasionally powders. I agree that blending is key and super important as well as using a primer.

Doctor Anne said...

Using the testers or asking for samples is so important. Even within one brand my shade tends to change when I try a different formulation.

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Beauty Unearthly said...

Great tips and a very helpful post! x

LianaLaurie said...

Amazing post, dear! Looks wonderful :)

Anonymous said...

Great tips!

BEAUTYEDITER.COM – Beauty Blog said...

I like this!


Marie said...

I look forward to reading your review and thanks!

Red Rose Alley said...

I wear Clinique foundation and it suits me, so I think I'll continue wearing it for awhile. You can find it at Macy's. : )


Pilar said...

Thanks, and most defintely!

Pilar said...

Thanks! I've only used one powder foundation, but I would like to try more. I usually stick to cream or foundation sticks. I agree blending and using a primer are so important!

Pilar said...

So true! I've noticed that so many times in regards of the shade changing. I've even notice with some of the high end foundations I've used they change the name of shade as well.

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Pilar said...

Thanks, and you're welcome!

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Pilar said...

I've heard good reviews about Clinique's Foundation. I've only tried one of their face cleaners that worked well, but I would like to try a foundation!

Unknown said...

This is a great post Pilar, and all your tips are on point! Foundation is definitely one of my favorite makeup products to use and try out, so I always love to see what ones everyone else uses, along with how they like to apply it and their tips and tricks!

Elle Sees said...

Great roundup of tips!!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Thank for sharing these foundation tips! I always notice a difference when I apply primer first!

Pilar said...

Thanks! It's so important to know information about makeup, especially foundation! I love seeing what others use along with tips and tricks for foundation too!

Pilar said...


Pilar said...

Thanks, and you're welcome! Primer definitely makes a difference when using foundation!

Unknown said...

Great information.Types of Foundation Makeup Thanks for the wonderful article, it may be very helpful for everyone who is conscious about.

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