To conclude Foundation Week I thought it would be nice to share with you some of my must-know tips for buying foundation. Lets face it, it’s a horrible task. Hopefully you will have seen a foundation this week that made you wonder if would work for you, or maybe you just liked the look of it, either way the below tips will help you work out what is best for your skin and how to tackle the buying process.


  1. DO evaluate your skin condition before looking at foundations. There is a saying about bad canvas but you know how terrible I am with sayings. The point of the story …. work out if your skin is dry, oily, dull, multi-toned, yellowing, patchy and so on BEFORE you get to the shops
  2. DON’T set yourself with a goal to buy a new foundation in one day. It is unrealistic and you will just get frustrated if you don’t find one you like, which will only deter you more.
  3. DO give yourself a few hours to browse the beauty counters or pharmacy. Spend time at each counter playing with the different foundations. Read the different options each brand offers and take note of the ones you like the sound of.
  4. DON’T wear foundation the day you plan on buying a new one. Try going with freshly cleansed and moisturised skin. You don’t want anything affecting the results of the foundations you test.
  5. DO take a good hand mirror with you. It can be compact or a larger hand held size, whatever you think shows a true reflection of your skin. I like to use a compact that has one side regular reflection and one side magnified (Manicare make a handy one, if you are interested).
  6. DON’T swatch the colours on the back of your hand. I feel confident in saying that it is highly unlikely the skin on the back of your hand is the same colour & texture as your face.
  7. DO swatch on the lower cheek near your jaw. Be sure to blend it in exactly like you are applying a full face. The correct colour should blend in to be invisible against the rest of your skin.
  8. DON’T trust store lighting. Fluro lights are notorious for false reflections. Grab that little mirror I told you to take along and head outside to the sunshine where the light is far more accurate.
  9. DO make a list of the top 5 or so foundations that you liked the sound/look of. If you run out of time to try them all that day, at least you will have your list ready for next time and not have to go through the same process again.
  10. DON’T be afraid to ask for some help. It can be overwhelming asking the ladies behind the beauty counter for some help but after all, that is what they are there for. They also happen to be trained and paid to help you, even if they don’t act like it.

I truly hope you have found Foundation Week a tincy bit useful and maybe saw something you hadn’t seen before. I would love to hear your thoughts so leave a comment below or shoot me a message. I will even accept (constructive) negative comments 🙂

One last thing, if you have a great tip for buying foundation why not share it below? I don’t think you can ever have too much help when it comes to buying foundation.

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