How to choose the right formula and shade of foundation






My first encounter with foundation was when I was in elementary. I joined a “sagala” where the makeup artist applied a foundation that seemed 10 shades lighter than my skin! You can imagine how I looked like.


Choosing the right formula and shade of foundation can be challenging. Foundation is meant to even out your skintone and cover blemishes. The best foundation should look natural and not obvious. Here are a few simple steps to follow to help you choose the best foundation that works for you!


  1. Know your skin type.
  • Oily: Oily in certain areas like the T-zone (nose, forehead, and chin), has large pores, blackheads and looks shiny.
  • Dry: Flaky skin that cracks or peels. Skin has more visible lines and less elastic.
  • Dehydrated: Can look normal but feels dry when touched.
  • Normal: Not too dry and not too oily.
  • Sensitive: Skin turns red, itchy and gets a burning sensation.


  1. Which formula do you prefer to use?
    There are many formulas now that can cater to any skin type. It all boils down to what kind you are comfortable using. But here is a general guide:
  • Liquid: Liquid foundation that is oil-free is best for oily skin. A water based liquid foundation that has hydrating ingredients is good for dehydrated skin.
  • Powder: Is best for oily skin because it has silica, which absorbs excess oil.
  • Cream: The thicker consistency is good for dry skin because it helps to soften the flakiness.
  • Gel: Easily absorbs into the skin so it’s good for dehydrated skin.


  1. Determine your skin’s undertone.
    You have to match your skin’s undertone if you want to even out your complexion. We generally fall into 3 undertones:
  • Cool, which means your skin is more olive or yellow.
  • Warm, which means your skin is more pinkish.
  • Neutral, which means your skin is a combination of cool and warm.
  1. Match a shade to your skintone. The best spot to test the shade is along your jawline. Swipe 3 different shades and the right shade should disappear into your skin.


TIP: The best way to achieve a flawless skin is to prep your skin first before applying foundation. Make sure you moisturize!



Products used from left to right: MAC P+P Moisture Infusion, Studio Sculpt Foundation, Studio Conceal and Correct Palette, Studio Fix Perfecting Powder, Brush #170


  • Reply December 4, 2016

    Deborah Maglaya

    very informative and helpful

  • Reply December 2, 2016


    Thanks for the tip! This is very helpful :-)… more make up blog or vlog please…

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