Makeup artist to the stars Namrata Soni
How to Choose the right foundation shade for your skin.
Ever wondered how Sonam Kapoor looks so stunning at each public appearance? Ask Namrata Soni, the official L’Oreal Paris stylist and celebrity in her own right. Soni has worked with countless film actresses from Deepika Padukone to Sonakshi Sinha, and her work has graced the pages of countless magazines including Elle, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Femina. The first step to flawless beauty, says Soni is finding the right shade of foundation for your skin. After all, faces are complicated and you can see imperfections others always can’t. There are oily T-zones, spots, blotches and different skin tones on different areas of the face. The best way to smooth out all these problems is picking the right foundation.
Yellow is the way to go
Of course, while Soni can’t recommend specific products because everyone’s preference is different, the beauty expert is happy to share some insider tips on how you can pick the best colors for your skin and create the perfect base to set off your beauty. “Look for a foundation with a slightly yellowish cast or undertone,” is her first piece of advice. “As an Indian girl you’re bound to have some yellow undertones in your complexion whether you’re pale or dark.” Steer clear of pink, peach or whitish shades because “they’ll make you look chalky and old-fashioned. Meanwhile, a yellow-based foundation blends beautifully into skin, give a fresh, healthy skin tone, exactly what the right foundation should do.”
Find the right shade
Don’t use foundation to create a fairer skin tone; “Use it only to perfect your existing skin tone; going a shade lighter will look unnatural.” Start by making a stripe of the foundation from your cheek to your jaw line, and gently blend it into your skin. Do this in natural light. Now do the same with another foundation that’s one shade lighter and another that’s one shade darker. “The shade that blends in completely should be your pick, but double-check it against your forehead, since most women tend to be darker here,” says Soni. If it works in both areas, you’ve picked ‘your’ shade. She suggests having two foundations, one for winter when skin is paler, and one for summer when skin is slightly darker. “For those in-between months, you can always blend the two to develop your own shade.”
Find the right formula
Foundations come in many different formulations, ranging from mousse and liquid to cream and powder. “I’ve observed that many women are scared to wear foundation because they’re unsure whether the formula is right for their skin type.” Follow Soni’s expert advice and you’ll never go wrong.
Lakme 9 To 5 Flawless Matte Complexion Foundation, Lakme Face Magic Skin Tints Souffle, L’Oreal Paris Mat Magique 12H Bright Mat Foundation
Dull, dry complexions
You need a formula that gives glowing, dewy skin; pick a hydrating and moisturizing foundation that delivers sheer coverage like tinted moisturizers or balms for light-medium coverage. Nykaa suggests Olay Total Effects 7 In One Touch Of Foundation BB Creme SPF 15 or L’Oreal Paris True Match BB Cream Or opt for a creamy liquid or mousse foundation if you want medium to full coverage. Nykaa recommends Lakme Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse 16hr or Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation. Avoid powder and mattifying foundations because they will make your skin more dry or chalky.
The trick is to find a foundation that makes your skin matte and shine-free. Try an oil-absorbing foundation. “Look for oil-free or mattyfying on the packaging,” suggests Soni. Usually oil-free or oil-reducing liquid foundations give you light to medium coverage, while cream and compact foundations give you full coverage. Choose a formula that contains silica beads and lecithin; silica soaks up oil on the T zone while lecithin hydrates drier areas on cheeks. Nykaa recommends Essence All About Matt! Oil Free Make Up, Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation
Emergency cover up for blemishes
“My biggest nightmare,” says Soni candidly, “is waking up to a zit on my face when I have an important function to attend in the evening.”
- Start by applying foundation all over your face. Stand back to gauge how much of the pimple’s redness is already camouflaged.
- Then using a concealer brush, apply concealer in the exact same shade as your foundation directly on top of the blemish, blending outwards in a star shape and then blending the edges gently with your fingertips.
- Next, press a small amount of powder on it to set. Repeat, continuing with concealer and powder until it’s completely camouflaged.
Nykaa concealer recommendation Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer, L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD, NYX Professional Makeup HD Photogenic Concealer Wand, L’Oreal Paris True Match Concealer
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