Makeup basics: Foundations

This post is a part of my ‘Makeup Basics’ series. In these posts I go over the basic makeup steps for beginners. I’m gonna teach you how to choose the right products and how to use them. You will learn some essential things of makeup and get some tips.

Foundation is obviously a very important product, when it comes to makeup. A beautiful base makes your whole makeup look better and more put together. A beautiful base is the first step to beautiful makeup.

When you choose a foundation you should look at your skin and evaluate it. Is your skintype normal, dry, mixed or oily?

There are foundations for every skintypes. You should really check what your foundation promises to do and for what kind of skin type it is made for. For example a foundation promising “moisture and illumination” is better for normal or dry skin, whereas a foundation promising “a matte finish with pore refining effect” is best for oily or mixed skin.

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When choosing a foundation, you should also think about how much coverage you’d like. Is it medium or full coverage? It is usually mentioned on the product. The lightest foundation would be tinted moisturizer, which only gives a little bit of colour and evens out the skin tone. BB-creams can be light like moisturizers, but there are also full-coverage BB-creams.

The last thing I want to point out is the price. Especially on foundations you see huge differences between products. And it’s usually better, the more you pay. You simply get better quality if you pay a little extra. I’ve experienced this myself, since I have problematic skin. But there are exceptions, of course! For example Rimmel’s foundation (in the picture) is really good. Still: you can have better. That’s why I’ve included some of my favourites on the list from different price points.

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Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-place Makeup
Dare I say the best foundation? This is super long lasting and very full coverage. It’s a cult classic, and it has earned it’s spot! Check out the full review.

Estee Lauder BB DayWear
Very pigmented, full coverage BB-cream. Little goes a long way. The shade is a bit dark for me, so I’ve mixed this with my other BB-cream. This leaves my face a bit shiny, so I wouldn’t recommend it necessarily for oily skin. For normal/dry/mixed skin.

Clarins Everlasting Foundation
Leaves a nice matte & satin finish. My all time favourite foundation and I have used at least a four bottles of this already! I recommend this for mixed or oily skin. Check out the full review here.

Diorskin Forever Foundation
This also gives a nice satin & matte finish. The formula is lovely and easy to blend. Offers full-coverage. Beautiful packaging. For mixed or oily skin.

Olay Regenerist Complexion Corrector
This is a tinted moisturiser. I use this if I don’t feel like doing my makeup or I’m in a hurry. This gives a bit of color and evens the skin tone, while offering SPF 15. This makes my skin glow. For normal/dry/mixed skin.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude 25hr Foundation
This is a very good drugstore foundation and it is actually my go-to drugstore foundation. It’s full-coverage and very long lasting. I use this if I need my makeup to stay on point from early morning until late evening. For mixed or oily skin.

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