Beauty & Makeup

How To Choose The Right Foundation

Dior makeup artist Pati Dubroff shows how to create a photo-ready complexion

Finding Your Formula
Start by choosing a foundation that’s suited to your skin type.
Normal/Combination: A cream stick, powder compact, or sheer liquid brings balance with a light layer of color.
Oily: Pick a powder or a spray with a mattifying formulation to stop slick spots and leave a nongreasy glow.
Dry: Moisture is a must, so opt for a rich cream that hydrates and protects.
Next, consider the amount of coverage you need—light, medium, or heavy. Most formulations come in a range of consistencies. For example, liquid foundations can be either mist-like for a translucent tinge of color or a thicker long-wearing formulation—perfect if your goal is to camouflage problem skin.

Shopping Tips
Specialty Store Cosmetics Counters: Cosmetics kiosks can be overwhelming. Start with brands you know and take advantage of the beauty expert behind the counter (most are makeup artists). She’ll paint streaks of several choices near your jawline and then blend. Ask for a mirror, go outside or near a window, and examine the results in natural light. A good match fades seamlessly into your skin.
Mass-Market Retailers: These wallet-friendly stores have plenty of products, but without beauty advisors or samples, finding the correct coverage can be tricky. Look for brands that offer color swatches to hold against your face. If you make a mistake, most stores will let you swap for a closer shade or give you a refund.

Application How-Tos
1. Make sure your skin is hydrated—smooth on a lightweight moisturizer.
2. Pour a dime-size amount of foundation into your palm, then dot it onto your forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin.
3. Using a foundation sponge (this works for cream compacts, too) or brush, blend outward from the T-zone area with small strokes. For a stick foundation, use your fingers to apply. Color should fade to nothing at the hairline and jawline.
4. With the pad of your ring finger, dot concealer under the eyes and along the sides of your nose to hide circles, redness, or any blemishes.
5. Let foundation set for five minutes, then lightly sweep translucent loose powder on the forehead, nose, and chin to eliminate shine.

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