With so many foundations lining the beauty shelves, choosing the perfect shade can be somewhat daunting. From light reflecting multi-taskers to oil free matifiers, the choice is endless. The goal with a foundation is to look like you’re not wearing make-up at all. The right foundation will even out skin tone and give you the appearance of flawless skin.

If you want to create a perfectly balanced base, a perfect skin match is vital and is isn’t just matching your skin colour that’s important, you’ll need to take your skin type into consideration.

Stripe testing is the best way to figure out which shade is right for you. “The most important thing to look for in a foundation is that you cannot see it on your skin”. That is when you know you have the right shade match. It should disappear in and there should be no tell tale lines. The one that fades away is a keeper, as it will flawlessly blend with the under tones of both your face and neck. Always make sure to test your foundation colour in daylight.

Simple make up tips for flawless foundation

1. Apply primer after you moisturizer. The primer will give the skin a smooth effect allowing an even base for your foundation.

2. Choose your foundation wisely. From creams, liquids and powders, try and choose a foundation that suits your skin type- use an oil free foundation for oily skin and mineral based foundations work well for sensitive skin as they contain less ingredients that could aggravate the skin. If you are going for the natural look, look out for words such as “light weight”, “sheer” or “invisible”.

3. Find your shade- find a foundation that matches your complexion, test the colour on your jaw line.

4. Apply the foundation from the centre outwards towards the perimeter of your face, it will get sheerer as you move closer to your hairline and jaw preventing harsh lines. I recommend using a foundation brush for a more professional finish. A brush will save you using too much product and they are much more hygienic than using a sponge. Th
main disadvantage of using your fingers to apply foundation is that the heat from your hand can mix with the foundation altering the colour and can result in uneven application.

I love Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation €42.69, Fuschia moisture foundation €25 and if you are on a budget L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique Eau De Teint €13.99 is receiving good reviews.

Sara’s beauty tip: Test foundation on the skin near the jaw line, in a natural light. Ensure the foundation tone you choose isn’t too different from the natural shade of your neck.