I doubt that any woman would tell you that foundation is easy to find. For the benefits, we’re willing to put up with it.
Any tips that make it easier are welcome. It might take a couple or three shopping expeditions for samples. Be patient. The payoff can be big.
Do a little research first. All shopping success begins with knowing what you’re looking for and what you will not be talked into, meaning know your colours.
For foundation, Season is less helpful. Know the formulation you want instead. I begin at Beautypedia and the product below and in the video is here on that awesome resource. In Canada, I bought it at Sephora.
Set out your sample tubs. Line up some cotton swabs and make stripes on your lower cheek and jaw. Look for the closest 2 or 3, ideally warmer and cooler, without trying for perfect yet.
Try mixing two together, either on a clean spoon or the side of the face. Take your best guess. If makeup makes you nervous, pretend you’re adjusting wall paint a few degrees either way.
I’m not one iota more artistic than you are, probably less. I just don’t accept that the colours in the foundation industry are the most real-skin they could be, regardless of the price or fame of the line.
It’s not us. It’s never us. We’re fine and normal. It’s them. Granted, they have a big task. Skin colour is a huge topic, too big to cover every person in 10 or 20 groups.
We start with the many choices available, narrow them down, and adapt them to work for us. Just like we do with Season, fitness, diet, and everything else. Jump in.
From L to R, Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue in Vanilla, Wheat, and Natural, spaced to give you a sense of the colours independently.
I end up with Vanilla and Wheat. Natural is the dark one that I remove.
I don’t mention this in the video but common sense tells us that more product must be applied to be an effective sunscreen. This product is sheer enough to be nicely buildable.
At some point, all makeup stops looking like skin. I prefer to apply sunscreen first and use less makeup, this one being my favourite under makeup for its fluid texture and matte finish.
A search under Sun Protection at Paula’s Choice offers many choices. Try samples of several (on the product page where you select quantity) to find your favourite. I alternate 3 or 4 of them and try every new one.
The video is also here on YouTube.
For the next video, I’ll add 4 things: powder, blush, lip colour, and more eye makeup. I also change my top. It will be posted in about a week.
I will ask you to do what colour analysts do: begin by noticing without deciding. See you then.