Choosing the right foundation

The first step in achieving natural and seamless looking makeup is to choose the correct color of foundation. Wearing the wrong shade of foundation can make you look older and unhealthy.When shopping, you should always try to match your jaw line when selecting a foundation. Match it on the jaw line but also as close to the neck as possible. Do NOT try matching your foundation to your neck. The neck is sometimes lighter or darker than the face. In most cases, the neck does match the face, but not always. If your neck is a different shade than the face, then try blending the foundation onto the bottom half of the jaw line, but do not add more foundation. Use the remaining foundation left on your sponge or brush, and with soft, feather-like strokes, bring some of the foundation down onto the neck. When choosing foundation, use this checklist: What color is the undertone of my skin - olive, reddish, yellow, ivory? How deep is my skin tone - pale, porcelain, or dark ebony? What type of skin do I have - normal, combination, dry, oily? How much coverage do I want - full, medium, or sheer? What type of finish do I want - matte, dewy, or luminous? Have fun foundation shopping and remember you can always return it if it is not the right shade. For more info, please stop by the Downey Makeup Academy, 12340 Woodruff Ave., in Downey.

********** Published: March 31, 2011 - Volume 9 - Issue 50