With the current number of shades, finishes and coverage levels available, your foundation is just as customisable as your morning latte. And that’s exactly what makes it one of the toughest make-up products to buy. Not to mention the stress that ensues when you're faced with finding the right foundation for your skin tone.
Regardless of whether you're a full coverage girl or prefer the no-make-up make-up look finding a shade that complements your natural colouring is make or break. We turned to celebrity make-up artist and Nude by Nature ambassador Max May to breakdown everything you need to consider when trying to choose the perfect foundation shade for every skin type.
Try Before You Buy
“The only way to choose the right colour is to try it on your skin…. And when I mean skin I mean your face,” says Max, best known for creating high-fashion looks for celebrities such as Jesinta Franklin and Elyse Taylor. “So many people colour trial on the back of the arm or neck and all these other crazy places but the only way to truly trial is to put it on your face.”
“From there, you want to get a good visual of it in as many different lights as possible but mostly natural light - that is the truest light.
Let It Settle
The true test of finding a texture that works with your skin is looking at how a foundation formula sits after a few hours. If you have an oily complexion, certain foundations can slide right off while dry skin types risk looking patchy and flakey.
“See if it changes and see exactly how it wears. That is one of the best things about the Nude by Nature Mineral Cover ($39.95; at priceline.com.au), it gets better with wear as it warms into the skin and adapts to your natural skin colour.”
Mix It Up
When it comes to achieving an Instagram-worthy glow Max suggests playing up the high-points of your face with two shades - it’s like contouring but a more subtle way of creating dimension on camera.
“It’s all about enhancing the natural curves in your face. I always love using a gloss that is as close to your natural lip colour. You can also use a lip liner and slightly go over your lip line to enhance to Cupid’s now in your lips to add some natural drama and definitely add a pop of Nude By Nature Touch Of Glow Highlighter Stick in Champagne ($24.95; at priceline.com.au) to highlight your eyes lids, inner corner of your eyes and of course your cheekbones. The trick is to capture the light reflecting pigments of all these products with the perfect soft light. I love using window light for this!”
This article originally appeared on maire claire.