Now that you guys have a better understanding of the different kinds of foundations, I will focus a little on how to choose the right foundation.
To start, let us look at the various skin types. If you have:
Dry Skin – Look for something that is hydrating like liquid and cream formulas. Stay away from anything with alcohol or words like mattifying and anti-shine.
Normal Skin – You are the luckiest out of everyone because any formula should work for you.
Combination Skin – Liquid, cream, cream to powder formulas are your best bet.
Oily/Acne-prone Skin – Look for something that is water-based or oil-free. Liquid, powder and mineral foundations are all good choices.
Sensitive Skin – Avoid anything heavily scented. Try a liquid, cream or mineral foundation.
Mature Skin – Like those with dry skin, you want something that is moisturizing and possibly contain light-reflecting particles to blur away fine lines and perk up the complexion. I like liquid and cream foundations best on mature skin.
Onto picking the right shade…
* One of the biggest mistakes people make is testing the foundation on the back of their hands. The color of your hand bears no resemblance to the skintone on your face so make sure you ALWAYS test along the jawline. Apply 2-3 different shades of the foundation along your jawline then blend onto the neck. You have found a good match if the color disappears completely into your skin. Make sure you check under natural daylight as well.
* Another common mistake is picking a foundation that is too light or too pink. You should always pick a color that is as close to your skin tone as possible. If you have to pick between a lighter or darker color, err on the dark side.
Note: All the above suggestions are based solely on my personal experience. Different people have different skin types, so what works on other people may not necessarily work for you. Sometimes it does take trial and error to find the perfect foundation but if you keep trying out different things, you will get a better idea of what works for you.