How to Choose the Right Foundation

From left to right: Maybelline Dream PURE BB cream 8 in 1 Beauty Balm Skin Clearing Perfector, L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Foundation (SPF 17) in Creme Cafe (W8), L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Foundation (SPF 17) in Classic Tan (N7), Tarte Amazonian Clay airbrush foundation in tan-deep honey, bareMinerals original SPF 15 foundation in Golden Tan

In the world of makeup, finding the right foundation can be quite daunting. I know when I started using makeup, I was so confused by all the brands and the colors I didn’t know what to do. So, I’ve compiled a tiny list sent down from the makeup heavens to help any beginners who may be as confused as I was back in the day. 

1. Figure out your skin type.

Do you have dry skin, oily skin or combination (a little bit of both) skin? This is important because if you have oily skin and you try to use a foundation that is “moisture rich” or “hydrating,” after a few hours of sporting the hottest, most BEAT face you ever had, your makeup will LITERALLY melt off. I suggest if you have dry skin to find foundations where “moisture rich” or “hydrating” are in the labels, but if you have oily skin, search for “oil-free”, “mattifying” or “oil-control” on the bottle. For combination, determine on which end of the spectrum you lie MOST of the time and go from there or use a cream foundation below a powder.

2. Pick the right shade.

For me, this was the hardest step because I can see what my skin color is (OBVIE) but, I never understood that you don’t necessarily need to match your skin to the foundation exactly. In places like Sephora, they allow you to swatch the foundation on your hand before you buy it so make sure you utilize that.

Also, you want to go SLIGHTLY darker (not too dark) than your actual skin tone. I learnt that the hard way. I went to a party one time and got my picture taken with flash and you could clearly see the white residue of my foundation on my face causing me to look like the ghost from Christmas past.

My biggest tip for this would be if you can’t figure out the RIGHT shade, go to your nearest Sephora or Ulta and ask for HELP! Through trial and error, I finally figured out my exact shade of foundation with multiple brands, but AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT.

3. What kind of coverage do you want or need?

I have a few different foundations just for the question above. Some days you may want lighter coverage, while others you will want heavier. Lighter coverage allows for more of a natural look and does not cover up blemishes as well. It may also feel better to use lighter coverage during the summer months, leaving you feeling cooler. I personally only care about what coverage I am using depending on what I’m doing and how I’m feeling. 98.9% of the time, I don’t wear foundation period, so when I do I usually opt for medium-heavy coverage. One of my favorites for that is the L’Oreal True Match which gives the ultimate slaycation in foundation because how smooth and creamy it is.

4. Use SPF.

A lot of times, there is SPF in foundation but usually in low amounts. I would say to anyone who goes out with foundation on to make sure they use sunscreen under their foundation TOO just to avoid any pre-mature aging or serious complications from too much sun exposure.


I hope this mini list is a lot less overwhelming for any makeup newbies and will help you be able to successfully navigate finding foundation. If you have questions, feel free to comment down below or even send me an email or dm. Also, follow me on Bloglovin’ and subscribe!

All photos by Tristen Zaryn



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