Today I'm going to talk about FOUNDATION. There are all types. Powder, liquid, anti aging, anti blemish, non comedogenic, (which hopefully all foundations are... it's a fancy way to say it won't clog your pores...)
When choosing a foundation, there are a few things to consider. First, coverage. How much are you trying to cover? Are you just trying to even out your skin tone? Are you trying to cover the whole thing? So, the question to answer is, do you want FULL, MEDIUM OR SHEER/LIGHT coverage?
Most people, believe it or not, do NOT need full coverage. Usually, I would reserve this for when you are taking pictures, or for special events when you want to look completely done up. Sometimes, older people tend to want to use full coverage because they think it will cover their wrinkles... It's usually hard to convince them otherwise.
I love wrinkles personally. I love laugh lines, smile lines, because I think they show character. I think people who are older look a little funny without them. But, that's just my opinion.
When choosing a foundation, try to match your face color EXACTLY... hard to do, I know. If you find you are between colors, it can be tricky. Just try to find one that matches as close as possible. The best way is to test it on your jaw line. You want it to blend effortlessly, seamlessly in to your neck, and trust me, our faces are different colors than our necks.
I actually buy two different colors. In the summer, I use the darker of the two, in the dead winter, I use the lighter. In spring and fall when I'm fading or getting darker, I combine the two to make my own color. This usually works very well. I'm lucky my foundation only costs me $4.95!
Question #2: How do you apply it? There are all sorts of brushes out there, but I like plain old fingers. Rub the foundation between your fingers, and pat in to the different areas of your face. Try a little at first... remember, you can always ADD more if you need it. I press the foundation in to my skin, and then sweep it. I start towards the inside, and sweep out towards my hair line and jaw line.
If you find you don't need to cover a lot, but are trying to even out your skin tone, just use foundation where your skin is blotchy. In this instance, it is very important to find a close match to your skin tone.
Hope that helped. If you have any questions for me, just ask.