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Foundation is a must-have for achieving a flawless-looking complexion. Just like you wouldn’t start building a house without laying down the foundation first, you wouldn’t want to skip out on the foundation makeup if you were thinking of rocking an entire makeup look. While not knowing the ins and outs of foundation may not lead to quite as disastrous consequences as incorrectly constructing your home, it’s still preferable to get it right. The biggest thing for beginners to focus on is finding face makeup that works for them. What’s perfect for your BFF may not be the best for you and vice versa. Below, we dive into our best foundation options and even share a few tips to help turn you into a makeup master. Beginner be gone!
For those who are partial to getting their glow on or for those who are dealing with dry skin, try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation. The long-lasting, hydrating formula is formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 15, has an air-light texture, provides medium coverage, and of course, has a radiant finish. To use, shake well and dot onto skin in a rolling motion for flawless coverage.
Anyone who loves the look of matte skin, especially those who tend to be more on the oily side, should check out the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Foundation. The long-lasting, oil-free formula has an air-light texture, medium coverage, and offers a demi-matte finish that’s never dull or flat. To use, smooth onto skin in a rolling motion for flawless coverage.
Remember, not only skin care can be anti-aging. The L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation instantly blurs the appearance of lines, spots, and uneven texture for younger-looking skin—in just seconds. Skin feels touchably soft and smooth, plus, the foundation is formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 18. To use, apply a dime-sized amount for a full face application and blend out.
Light, airy coverage may not be quite right for every complexion. Sometimes, you need something a bit more heavy-hitting. For full coverage with a weightless feel (the dream!), try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation. The long-lasting formula has a natural finish and can be used to cover everything from breakouts to tattoos. Talk about a multi-tasker! To use, apply anywhere—face, neck, arms, and legs—to cover imperfections and even skin tone.
Finding a foundation that matches your skin exactly can be quite the challenge. First things first, you need to identify both your skin tone and undertone. (More on that in our article, How to Find the Best Foundation Shade for Your Skin Tone.) Once you know, you can easily locate your color in the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super Blendable Makeup range. With 33 shades that precisely match skin tones and texture, there’s something for everyone. To use, dot foundation onto cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead. Blend foundation out towards hairline and down.
Once you’ve chosen the foundation that suits you and your skin, you’ll want to make sure you have the application down pat. Here are a few tips that might just come in handy.
1. Prep skin with primer. Before reaching for your foundation, apply a base. Priming tacks on only an extra minute or two to your beauty routine, but can make all the difference in how your makeup looks and lasts. Try a primer that minimizes the appearance of lines and pores, like the L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Magic Perfecting Base, for an even, smooth texture.
2. Apply with a makeup blender. Fingers may work in a pinch, but for a more hygienic and perfectly blended application, switch to a makeup blending sponge, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender. The blender can help provide more even and easy application. Simply apply a small amount of product onto the blender, then bounce over your face until you’ve achieved your desired level of coverage.
3. Set with a powder or spray. To complete any makeup look, it’s essential to set your foundation. Whether you prefer a powder or a setting spray, a quick coat can extend the life of your foundation. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Powder or the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Powder.
Need the lowdown on more beauty basics? We have you covered. Read all about mascara in our article, Mascara 101: Your Guide to the Different Formulas.