Ace That Base

Foundation is the holy grail of a flawless makeup look, yet it’s one of those tricky steps that are easy to blunder leaving you with a flaky, dull, and caked look. That’s why we’ve put together a complete guide to help you find the perfect foundation for your skin type and needs.

 FLAWLESS FINISH 

Let your skin type guide you to the foundation finish that will work for you.

If you have normal to dry skin use a dewy foundation to keep your skin moisturised and glowing. A matte foundation that minimizes shine and reduces the appearance of pores is best suited for combination to oily skin. Sensitive skin will love mineral foundations made up of gentle non- irritating ingredients, allowing the skin to remain comfortable. Mature skin needs a luminous foundation with a satin finish to conceal fine lines and enhance the skins radiance.

 FLAWLESS FINISH 

Let your skin type guide you to the foundation finish that will work for you.

If you have normal to dry skin use a dewy foundation to keep your skin moisturised and glowing. A matte foundation that minimizes shine and reduces the appearance of pores is best suited for combination to oily skin. Sensitive skin will love mineral foundations made up of gentle non- irritating ingredients, allowing the skin to remain comfortable. Mature skin needs a luminous foundation with a satin finish to conceal fine lines and enhance the skins radiance.

 FUN FORMULAS 

Use textures that will let your skin glow with radiance.

Liquid foundations are a go-to formula regardless of skin type and they are easy to blend. Powder foundations control shine for oily skin types, provide a natural look and are easy to apply. Cream foundations give a smoother and richer finish for dry skin types.

 FUN FORMULAS 

Use textures that will let your skin glow with radiance.

Liquid foundations are a go-to formula regardless of skin type and they are easy to blend. Powder foundations control shine for oily skin types, provide a natural look and are easy to apply. Cream foundations give a smoother and richer finish for dry skin types.

 CONSIDER COVERAGE 

Find the best foundation to suit your coverage needs.

For light coverage use sheer and light foundations that subtly cover the skin and even out skin tone like tinted moisturisers, BB creams and CC creams. For medium coverage create an even, buildable look while maintaining a natural skin finish with dewy or cream foundations. Full Coverage foundations completely cover the skin, creating a smooth and flawless skin tone like matte or powder foundations as well as and mousse foundations.

 CONSIDER COVERAGE 

Find the best foundation to suit your coverage needs.

For light coverage use sheer and light foundations that subtly cover the skin and even out skin tone like tinted moisturisers, BB creams and CC creams. For medium coverage create an even, buildable look while maintaining a natural skin finish with dewy or cream foundations. Full Coverage foundations completely cover the skin, creating a smooth and flawless skin tone like matte or powder foundations as well as and mousse foundations.

 SKIN DEEP 

The hues peeking through your skin can help you find your match.

  • Warm Undertone: Skin with hints of yellow, peach or a golden underlying colour.
  • Cool Undertone: Pinks, blues and reds are the dominant tones under your skins surface
  • Neutral Undertone: If you have a mix of both cool and warm hues.

There are various ways to figure out your skin tone for foundation. Some of them are checking the veins in your wrist under natural light, testing with gold or silver jewellery or testing your skin against white paper. Look for a foundation shade that matches not just your skin colour but also its undertone.

 SKIN DEEP 

The hues peeking through your skin can help you find your match.

  • Warm Undertone: Skin with hints of yellow, peach or a golden underlying colour.
  • Cool Undertone: Pinks, blues and reds are the dominant tones under your skins surface
  • Neutral Undertone: If you have a mix of both cool and warm hues.

There are various ways to figure out your skin tone for foundation. Some of them are checking the veins in your wrist under natural light, testing with gold or silver jewellery or testing your skin against white paper. Look for a foundation shade that matches not just your skin colour but also its undertone.

 FIND YOUR SHADE 

PUT IT TO THE TEST

For foundation that blends seamlessly.

  • Find three shades that look like a good match for your skin tone and apply them in parallel lines on your jawline.
  • Extend the product from your cheek and onto your neck slightly.
  • Head out into natural light for a more accurate view of the shade on your skin.
  • Wait for about 5 to 10 minutes to make sure the foundation doesn’t oxidise. The best foundation is one that keeps its colour even after a few minutes and just melts into your skin.

APPLY TO PERFECTION

Build flawless coverage with the right tools and technique.

  • Start by applying a lightweight primer to create a smooth base for your foundation.
  • Use a foundation brush to blend the foundation onto your skin, starting at the centre of your face and blending it outwards.
  • Use a sponge or beauty blender to gently dab and melt the foundation into your skin
  • Set your makeup with a quick coat of loose powder or a setting spray to extend the life of your foundation.

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