Foundation Tips: Foundation Q&A

By . Posted in Foundation

Published on February 19, 2006 with 12 Comments

Below are a few Q&A on foundations:

xbabygirl said: Hello! I was wondering (if possible) if you could do a post geared towards foundation color and foundation products aimed at Asians? I have trouble buying foundation because they’re always off and it’s not like I can walk out of the store and see if the color suits me well or not bc they would think i’m crazy lol. I tried doing samples, but not every product I want can provide me samples =(.

Answer: To check what undertones you have, look at the underside of your arm. If you have green veins, you have warm undertones. If have you blue, you have cool undertones. For people with warm undertones, go with a foundation that is yellow-based. Those with cool undertones should choose a foundation that is pink-based.

Most Asians tend to have yellow undertones. MAC, Bobbi Brown and Stila all make foundations that are yellow-based. You might also want to try Prescriptives. They offer custom blending so you can definitely get the right shade. Another thing you can always do is to keep the receipt every time you purchase a foundation. That way, if the shade is not right, you can go back to the store for an exchange.

^-^ said: Hello, I was wondering if you could do a review on Laneige’s makeup line, especially the Moisture Lighting Foundation. I’m interested in buying one, but I can’t seem to find a nearby place that sells it so I’m going to buy it online. Problem is, the colors they listed are like computer-colored, so it’s hard to tell if it’s a match for me. Can you help me please? I’ve been wanting to try this product like forever, but I didn’t want to waste time and money if it wasn’t the right color match and loaded with problems. If I’m not wrong, I’m around a c4 in MAC’s cosmestics and Maybelline’s Pure Make Up I’m a nude color. I don’t really know my undertones =/, I think I’m a yellow because the underside of my arm has green veins, not blue. Can you please help me find a color matcher with Laneige’s? thank you!

Answer: If you wear C in MAC, you definitely have yellow undertones. I have not tried Laneige’s makeup line so I cannot help you with the shades – sorry! You can try e-mailing the customer service asking for some samples or their advice.

Find out what tools you can use for applying concealer and foundation!

12 Comments



There are currently 12 Comments on Foundation Tips: Foundation Q&A. Perhaps you would like to add one of your own?

  1. how do u blend foundation in your skin evenly / make it look natural?

  2. Hi Phyllis!! I soo love your blog!! I just have one question about powder foundation which i use all the time..do i have to set that my powder foundation with loose powder as well?

  3. Hey Lindsey, if you’re wearing powder foundation, you don’t have to set it with loose powder.

  4. thanks for answering my question immeadiately last time. your blog has been very helpful to me.

  5. Hey Phyllis! *bookmarks page* I LOVE your blog!! Um I have a question about foundation: I’m asian but I can’t tell if I have yellow undertones or not! I have blue veins but when I use my foundation slight pink undertones it looks so wrong! I also tan a kind of yellowy-brown, but the skin colour on my face is WAY different to my arms or legs…*confused*

    Catrina

  6. Hey! I soOo love your blog! It has answered SooOOo much! Thanx

  7. hii! i have freckles and hate them…but also hate wearing a ton of makeup. any suggestionS?

  8. hi!
    i love your blog!
    i have some question about tinted moisturizer.
    how do you use it and what seasons do you use it?
    and how to apply it.

  9. Phyllis, what d’ya think about:
    Mac Studio stick foundation with SPF 15 for wedding? It’s an all day thing with lots of picture taking. The MAC sales person recommended it.

    Also, your Laura Mercier foundation, what color do you use?

  10. Vasia, SPF do not photograph well so I would recommend staying away from it if you can.

    I use Sunny Beige for the LM foundation. It’s a *teeny* bit darker than my natural skintone but it covers well and matches my neck.

    Please also read the following entry for tips on taking pics:

    http://makeupforlife.blogspot.com/2006/03/makeup-for-taking-pictures.html

  11. Thanks Phyllis. I did read it, that’s why I asked to reconfirm. I guess I trust you more than the Mac people.

    D’ya think Mac Eye Primer is necessary? or using foundation has the same benefit to make eye shadow stays longer.

    Was your Laura M. Silk Creme Foundation in “sand beige”? was it better than your Laura M. moisturizing foundation?

    Per ur adv, I bought 242 brush. although Mac ppl recommended 222 also (firmer).

    Thx.

  12. hey i love your blog.. haha im like hvaing so much fun looking at all your articles :)

    but i was wondering, if you could give me some advice on concealing undereye circles…

    my undercircles arnt exactly bags, so everytime i use some foundation to cover it, it looks fine, UNTIL i add some loose powder to set it so i wont like run off…

    it like goes cakey like straight away, so im left with like WRINKLES and a really CAKEY feeling.. and im only in my teens *gulp*

    and it really looks sooo hideous! :( haha

    i was wondering if you have any tips on how to get that flawless look for the undereye without ending up looking like either an albino racocoon or a wrinkly old woman!

    thanks :)

    <3

Leave a Comment