Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Choosing the right mineral foundation shade

Mineral foundation is ideal for all skin types, even for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin, due to its natural and gentle contents and non-pore-clogging properties. Choosing the perfect shade for your mineral foundation is really simple. Using mineral foundation, you will find it so much easier and faster to achieve a natural flawless complexion. 

Select 2-3 shades closest to your skin tone. Apply these colours on the lower cheek area near your jawline in stripes. The colour that's closest to your original skin tone will be the colour most suitable for you, the right colour will 'blend' into your skin shade.
Test a few colours on the lower cheek area near your jawline.
Choose the colour that 'blends' into your skin.
Colour appeared a shade darker or lighter than your original skintone
Looks like your natural skin tone
Referring to the colour chart below, we have marked out some of the more popular colours for different skin tone - fair, medium, and dark. Due to the loose format of the mineral foundation, the shade can also be customised. You can blend two colours to achieve the perfect shade. 
Some tips:
  • The fastest and easiest way to choose the right shade is to approach an in-store beauty consultant to help choose the right colour for you. An experienced one will be able to tell which shade you are suitable immediately. 
  • Do ensure that you cleanse the part of your face where you are going to test the shades. If you are wearing your own makeup, the colour of the mineral foundation will appear different if applied onto your existing makeup.
  • While you try on the colours, do make sure that your skin is clean and not greasy after a long day of outdoor activities and work. This is because the natural ingredients found in mineral foundation tends to warm up after applying onto skin. Once it interacts with the skin's natural oils, the colour of the mineral foundation will appear slightly darker. You could be choosing the right shade but because of this, you may end up with a much lighter shade. 
  • Your skin should be slightly moist when testing or using mineral foundation, meaning your skin should totally absorb the moisturiser that you applied on. Also do take note that skin that uses strong oil-control ingredients may end up too dry for any makeup to adhere or stay long for the day. 
  • After you have the mineral foundation colours on (you may want to try a few colours), look at yourself in a mirror under natural light to see which shade appears the most natural and closest to your original skin colour.  
  • Use an natural hair flat top brush with the mineral foundation - even if you are just trying out the colours. The foundation brush should be dense and tightly packed in order to pick up the pigments well. 
  • Apply just one thin coat at a time and layer on if you want to see more coverage for your skin

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