No matter who you are, you should not have just one foundation. Why do I say this? Isn’t this a waste of money? Again, my response, is No, it isn’t a waste of money. Nobody’s skin is exactly the same every single day of the year, in the summer you might be on the oily side, and in the winter you might be on the dry side. Most people are darker in the summer than they are in the winter. Your skin may be breaking out because it’s that time of the month, or just because it wants to hate you. Your skin may be flawless because you just found the perfect skincare routine. Anyway, you get my point, your skin changes almost daily, so why treat it the same, when it has different problems.
If you’re having a good skin day, maybe you want a base, but you don’t need the coverage, go for a product with light coverage. If you’re having an okay skin day, go for a medium coverage foundation. If you’re having a bad skin day where your face is red and breaking out and you’ve got a big date to go on go for a full coverage, and double up on the concealer.
On my good skin days, I usually go foundation-less, but sometimes it’s just nice to have a base. On these days I use a BB cream or tinted moisturizer. Now how do you choose the correct BB cream or tinted moisturizer, these products don’t usually come in a million shades, so even if Laura Mercier makes the best tinted moisturizer ever, if there is no shade to match your skin, it’s not for you. I know some people mix 2 shades to get their color, but honestly, I don’t feel like doing that if I’m looking for light coverage. For me Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Porcelain is the perfect color for me in the winter, because I am extremely pale. In the summer when I’m “tan” Jouer Matte Moisture Tint in Nude or Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint in Blush are the best for me.
BB cream (or Beauty Balm) is the newest craze and honestly I have only tried a few, and really haven’t found many that really work for me. My favorite that I’ve tried is the Dr. Jart Water Fuse BB cream, the only problem with it is, it only comes in one shade and my skin has to be between tan and pale to use. Honestly this is the only one that I’ve found that I like, but I kind of gave up on them, to be fair.
Some days my skin is not happy with me, or I’m going to an event, or out and I know pictures are going to be taken, so I want something with more coverage, to give my face a more even complexion. On these days I go for a foundation that is medium coverage. I do not really have problem skin, so I try to stick with products that I know are not going to clog my pores. I have found that the Clinique Even Better Makeup with SPF 15 in the shades buff and cream whip works best for me depending on how tan I am. This foundation does not make my skin feel heavy, and it has buildable coverage so I don’t have problems if I have few red spots. I also find this to be very hydrating, almost to the point where if I’m lazy I might be guilty of skipping moisturizer and going straight for primer (whoops). A drugstore brand that I find is works pretty well is the Revlon Nearly Naked in Vanilla, however this product is not as moisturizing as the Clinique, and has slightly less coverage, but I’m pretty sure It’s about 1/3 of the cost so I don’t mind that much.
I am extremely lucky, and my “bad” skin days are some people’s good skin days, so I rarely need a true full coverage foundation. I do sometimes want to be glam though so for these occasions I have one full coverage foundation that I like. The Lorac Natural Performance Foundation in Shade NP 2 – light is flawless on me in the winter when I am pale. I mean seriously, when I want to look airbrushed, this is what I reach for. While it is oil, fragrance, and paraben free one time I accidentally slept in this stuff (I know I’m bad) and it did clog my pores and give me a few pimples. Other times when I’ve wore this and washed it off before going to bed there have been no issues so I really can’t complain. I do have to make sure that I wear a good moisturizer with this because I find it to be on the drying side as well, but I feel like this would be a problem with any full coverage foundation.
I rarely ever only use powder foundation as I do not think they look natural at all. Sometimes I will use a powder foundation as my setting powder if I feel like I need just a tad bit more coverage. I personally like the Diorskin Nude compact, I have shade 33 Apricot Beige, but that is only for the summer months, because it is slightly too dark for me right now.
My best advice on finding a good foundation that works for you is to go to Sephora, be shameless, and tell them exactly what you’re looking for. They will ask you a million questions to find the perfect one. If you don’t feel comfortable buying something without sampling it for a few days first tell the associate who is helping you and he or she will make you a sample. I do not recommend doing this without buying something else though, because I always just feel so bad taking up a ton of someone’s time without purchasing something. Best of luck to you, may the foundation odds be ever in your favor!