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.

For those of you who shaves or waxes, ingrowns are probably your biggest nightmare. The only way to prevent ingrowns is regular exfoliation. There are also treatments out there to help with ingrowns. Sephora sells a product called Tend Skin ($20-35) that claims to improve the appearance of razor bumps, ingrown hairs, and redness caused by hair removal.

Here is a recipe of a homemade version of Tend Skin I found online. The major ingredients are aspirin, alcohol and witch hazel. I have tried it on myself and trust me it works – my bumps were gone overnight!

For Sarah. Enjoy!

What Are Makeup Bases?
Basically, makeup bases are primers that are meant to be used before foundations. Their function is to even out the texture of the skin, correct skin tone irregularities, enhance the durability of foundation and minimize your pores.

Stila Angel Light Whitening Powder FoundationStila Angel Light Whitening Powder Foundation (~$47) was an Asian exclusive but thanks to its super cute packaging, I went through great lengths to get it.

The powder comes with SPF24+ and whitening properties to brighten your skin. I did not see any whitening effect but the high SPF is definitely a plus. The finish is also very matte yet it does not accentuate any dry patches.

The one thing I do not like, however, is the color. While I got it in my usual Stila shade (C), the foundation is very yellow and when it oxidizes, it gets darker by almost a shade.

As much as I love the cute packaging, I will not repurchase after I run out.

MAC Select Sheer Pressed PowderMAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder ($20) is no doubt my favorite pressed powder and I have already gone through two of them. The powder is very finely milled and offers minimal coverage. I cannot say anything about its oil-controlling properties since I am on the dry side but this works excellent for touch-ups. It never looks chalky and feels so silky and almost creamy when applied on. I will definitely keep sticking to this until I find something better.

Chanel Natural Finish Pressed PowderChanel Natural Finish Pressed Powder ($42) was my go-to powder back in high school. I had it in the second lightest shade, Clair, which is a great match for my NC30 skin/

The powder is very fine and looks almost translucent. It gives a natural-looking translucent matte finish when applied over makeup and I use it mainly for touch-ups. I love how it soaks up oil well without drying out my skin and just looks so natural. The sleek packaging and the huge mirror is also a great plus. Loves it!