SEVEN Foundation Mistakes To Avoid

SEVEN Foundation Mistakes To Avoid

Sunday, June 03, 2012 Sara Hassan , 100 Comments
foundation mistakes to avoid

Where I live, we have this ridiculous misapprehension where some say makeup makes you look utterly unattractive by concealing your natural beauty. I know, right? This sounds absolutely gibberish to us makeup literates. What they fail to comprehend is that "right kind of makeup" will magnify the beauty God has blessed them with.

Incorrect foundation application is a major makeup faux pas. Foundation makes a massive difference in overall makeup. To understand the right technique of achieving a flawless face, you should stay clear of the seven blunders that I am going to discuss below.


Nothing to be embarrassed about, most people make this mistake, even I did. I tell you nobody stays happy in this world. While most white beauties struggle to look more tanned, us medium skinned ladies wish they could be whiter and more western-looking. If you’re someone with that set of mind, chances are you’ll pick a much lighter shade of foundation in an attempt to look fair. DON’T DO THAT! You don’t want to end up looking as if you’re wearing a mask, do you? A wrong shade can make your makeup detectable and unnatural.

Go for a shade that matches your skin tone exactly. While choosing a shade, apply some on your jaw line and blend. If your foundation is visible and you can see a lighter or a darker patch then it’s just not the right shade for you. Pick a shade that blends seamlessly with your skin and nobody can tell if you’re wearing foundation at all.

We have another problem at hand. Unfortunately, we are not blessed with expert sales assistants standing at makeup counters in Pakistan. They will misguide you mostly. Don’t listen to them. Bring a friend/sister along to help in deciding the right color for you. Also, don’t be fooled by the lights around you. Go outside and check yourself in the mirror in natural light. That’s the only way you can be 100% sure of your match.


I don’t really understand the desire for picking a full coverage foundation. I get plenty of emails by girls wanting to suggest a full coverage foundation. If you’re not a model or working for TV, you don’t need heavy coverage on your face. Brides require full coverage since like models and celebrities; they have to spend time under lights and look absolutely flawless for that one night of their lives. For a daily use, light to medium coverage is just about enough.

There are other things to consider too.

Dry/Normal skin type
You need something to hydrate your face. Steer clear of anything that enhances dryness on your face. In your case, a liquid foundation especially made for your skin is the one you should be looking for. For a light and easy coverage, tinted moisturizers or BB creams will do.

Combination/Oily skin type
You too can wear a liquid foundation but be careful to pick one formulated for your skin that would help prevent excessive oil at bay. Go for a powder foundation – preferably mineral based – if liquid feels heavy.

There are many other types out there too (cream, mousse, mineral). Remember to select a texture that works for your skin.


We Pakistani’s generally have a warm skin tone i.e. either we have peach or golden undertones. A general rule of thumb is to pick a yellow-based foundation. There’s a myth going around among Pakistani girls that wearing a pink based foundation will make you look bright and pink. That’s not true! Applying a pink based foundation on warm skin may end up looking ashy. Even if you have picked the right shade of foundation but with wrong undertone, it will just look off on you.

You want a pinky glow? Pink based foundation is not your answer. You just need a pink blusher and a highlighter. In case you want an instant radiance, pick a pink-hued corrector/primer to vanish dull, sallow skin.


In an effort to look impeccable, you can easily over do foundation and end up looking like a “cake face”. This can also clog pores and create skin problems. Use a concealer to hide any imperfections on your face.


Whether it’s a cosmetic sponge, your fingers or a kabuki brush, it doesn’t matter what you choose to apply your foundation with. The key is to blend your foundation properly. Not blending properly ends in making a visible demarcation line across the jaw that looks horrible. Start by applying on one side of the face to the other and blending all the way to the neck and hair line. Skipping the neck is a bad idea; you don’t want your face looking different than your neck.


Always moisturize before wearing foundation. This will help foundation go on smoothly without clinging to the dry parts of your face. There’s a myth that if you have an oily skin, you don’t need to moisturize. That’s incorrect! Even oily skin needs its share of hydration. If you keep on stripping off oil from your skin using those oil-busting products all the time, you may over activate your sebaceous glands (oil producing glands) resulting in even more oil floating on your face.

Primers too help in smooth application. Not just that, it also prevents your foundation from getting oxidized i.e. changing color or turning dull. There are two types of primers in the market; hydrating and mattifying. Get one according to your skin’s need.

Setting is as important as priming and moisturizing. To lock in your foundation, set it with a translucent powder. It will not just keep your makeup from sliding off your face but also make it look less shiny and natural.


Avoiding the seven foundation errors that I just mentioned will make a world of difference in your makeup application believe me.


100 comments :

  1. yes, agree with all the above points. But do you have any idea how hard it is to get foundation for skin darker than MAC NC35... I m an NC 40 (self-diagnosed) and every time i go out to buy foundation, shop keepers just keep pushing the lighter stuff on me. There really aren't many local stores/brands that cater to the darker skin ladies.... guess we have already been pronounced ugly and that even makeup cant help improve on our looks!

    sorry about the rant!

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    1. Yes, I completely get what you're saying. I see no shades for dark skinned beauties in Pakistan which is a shame. It doesn't mean you're ugly, the ones who think this way have ugly minds and sadly, I see A LOT of people think like that.

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    2. I totally agree with this! I see so many girls having issues here as well, especially with drugstore makeup. For example, The Maybelline BB creams or foundations come in such a limited number of shades that only girls like me, with light to medium skin can find the right shade. Whereas, in the US you see shades from ivory to cocoa.. Granted that they have a huge mix of colours but I think so do we. :( Sorry for adding to the rant, just had to get that off my chest. I just hope these companies open their eyes soon and see that they should be catering to a wider market.

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    3. You're right Nisha! lets hope this issue gets sorted out soon.

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    4. i totally agree..most people think that applying ligther shade than actual skin colour will make people look fair and being fair means BEING BEAUTIFUL..i thick applying the colour closest to our skin colour will give our skin a healthy look..who cares about the skin colour..i am fair but i love people with dark skin..if you ever notice black women who are wearing the right foundation..good lord their chocolate brown skin looks aaaammmazing..flawless and glowing..

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    5. dear khadija.. u must know abt the orange shaded foundation stick that is usually used to cover the dark spots.. u can use this shade with ur usual foundation stick.. i mean use both simultaneously and it will help improve the shade of ur skin..thats my opinion.. just give it a try.. and dont you think for a single moment that u r ugly.. BELIEVE that u are beautiful...

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    6. dear khadija.. u must have heard abt the orange shaded foundation stick, used to cover the dark spots.. u can use it with ur usual foundation stick to improve its shade.. i hope my opinion proves helpful...

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    7. Really pale people have the exact same problem here in Portugal. I´m a mac NC15 and here l oreal maybelline and most drugstore brands only deliver the second or 3rd lightest colour... example: if I want to try l oreal lumi magique here I only have N3 and I am about N1! lol and the same with estee lauder and most of high ends. Bourjois here delivers the 51 shade but only on the healthy mix serum on the others just the shade 52 and so on... lucky me cause I have dry skin and the serum is the one for me. And I can see that the darkest colours usually arent that dark but maximum medium/slightly dark tones. Here in Portugal the only ones that have everything in make up are the medium skin types. I hardly can get a blush! It´s like: "so you are pale? try mac or mufe or benefit" or else... almost nothing! I suppose people arent´supposed to look different but only to be tan without being too pale or to dark -.-`

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  2. Great post sara! Applying foundation under the right light is really important...my room's lighting is a bit dim so whenever I apply my foundation it will look flawless, but once I step outside in the sun it will look too cakey.

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    1. Yes, you are right. Light matters a lot! :)

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    2. am a first time wearing foundation really need help how to pick out the exact shade for me?

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  3. nice tips sara...but i mostly shop with my mom and bro they have no idea but shopkeeper missguide even in conceleras also....difficult to choose right shade
    nice tips
    i trie in luscious flawless in natural and ivory one look dark and one look fair soooo no idea wot to do ;(

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    1. I hate foundation shopping! :P well first you should know you skin type and undertone.. i.e oily or dry/normal and yellow or pink undertone. you can try other foundations if luscious isnt right. there are tons of other brands :) ill suggest you take some small pots or container.. anything that can hold some 3-4 samples of foundations from shop. no need to rush.. bring those home and try them with different lights.. white, yellow.. natural light (outside but under shade), under the sun.. SPECIALLY with camera flash.. take a pic of yourself, you shouldnt look ghostly :)
      i hope this will help you find your perfect foundation :)

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    2. I completely agree, there are TONS of brands to choose from. Thanks for the wonderful tip Sarah :) xx

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  4. I agree with Ali. I'm an NC35 in MAC but I would like to try other brands but they don't cater for darker skin tones.
    I also have trouble with finding a good matching foundation as I have golden/yellow undertones and MOST foundations that I've seen/tried have pinky blends in them - very unattractive.

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  5. Great post!!! Helped me alot. Thanks loads.. ♥~~~

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  6. really It is a proper guide not only for new makeup users but also for the old ones to check on there Foundation applying process and avoid any og these, good tips and quite informative....Thanx Sara, I have oily skin in summer and this time I am trusting Stay Matte by Rimmel and Luscious whitening Base, older version, and etude 2in1 compact to cope up this blazing heat...and all are according to my skin type and shade...no whish to be pinky white or tan...as I am fair skinned, with pinkish peach undertone alraedy...lolz

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    1. I love the older version of Luscious whitening base. it's very good. Rimmel Stay Matte is just OK, won't keep your face matte for long. yes, the compact powder would help keep it in place.

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  7. Shopping assistants will always push to buy the lighter shades for medium skin like me...my take is..dnt listen to what SA's shout out...Just apply the foundation shades which you feel is a match on ur jawline and blend and and check in natural light to see if the color of foundation on ur jaw is same as ur neck color...very nice and informative tips Sara...very useful..

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    1. Thanks for sharing with us Renji :) xx

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  8. to add to it, if you feel that your exact shade of foundation is missing, Make sure you mix up two colors to find a right shade or use color correctors, I use color corrector from lush cosmetics, if you are medium toned, dark yellow color corrector from lush will actually help to match your foundation

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    1. I absolutely agree. I myself mix foundations especially when I feel my skin is getting tan. The corrector you mentioned sounds really good. Thanks for the suggestion Renji :)

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  9. Great tips my dear Sara..thanks for sharing this useful post..
    Love ya :)

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  10. You are so right with your words. The sales assistants really need to amp up their knowledge. Sometimes I just stare at them in shock once they babble something completely unnecesary, like the other day I was buying OPI at Alfatah and looking at their "mini sets", the sales assistant said "Madam these are designed for children, (the little bottles) look here for the big ones!" lol.

    A very informative post, Sara. Love it!!

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    1. Hahaha, this made me crack up so bad. :D REALLY? she said THAT??? Lord help us!

      Thank you for sharing with us :) xx

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    2. ;) She sure did, in my mind I was thinking "I wonder what mother would let a child play with such expensive polish". Lol!

      Much love :)

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    3. Lol, don't know which is worse - if the SA really believed that or just wanted to sell the more expensive one that way ;)

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  11. Aoa Sara!
    Love your blog and the time and effort you put here. Just curious.. why dont you make videos on youtube? i would LOVE LOVE.. LOVE to see a pakistani woman doing makeup tutorials and hauls (etc) of the products and makeup which is available here and tips according to pakistani skin tone/requirements! i think you are perfect for this :D

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    1. Walaikum us Salam Sarah, thank you for the lovely words. I would love to do videos but at the moment, it's not possible for me. Thank you for appreciating my work though. <3

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  12. Very helpful.Loved the way you have covered even the narrow details. At scentsation hyperstar lahore, there is some really helping staff that really guide well in the selection of foundation shades. Dear sara, let me know if there is a difference between translucent powder/compact powder.
    Thanks

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    1. Translucent powder has no tint/color to it and so it disappears in your skin when you apply it. It's better to set makeup with translucent powder than applying a compact powder with color. Usually, a compact powder will add more color to your face and make it look somewhat cakey.

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    2. so you suggest that one should go for transluscent powder instead of compact powder with a good foundation that matches our skin tone?
      Thanks for ur time :)

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    3. see, translucent powder comes in two forms: loose and compact. so you can use a compact powder that is "transparent" in shade. The compact that comes with shades is suitable for use when the foundation underneath is sheer. I hope this makes sense :) xx

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  13. Love this post Sara! And omg, dont even get me started on how annoying the sales women can get, smearing the lightest possible pink toned all over your hands/arms/face. Taubah!

    Can you recommend a good foundation for combination to oily skin, available in Pakistan? :) I currently use the Luscious HD mineral foundation in Ivory which isnt ivory at all :p its a perfect match but a bit too dewy for the summer!

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    1. LOL! ^_^ we are in dire need of some trained sales assistants.

      For combo/oily skin, I suggest trying Bourjois 1-2-3 perfect foundation which is also yellow based. It's only available at Mascara Mafia.com.

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  14. plz let me know if i have to wear sunblock should i put it brfore or after the base? and can we use light amount of base daily because latly i have started using base daily.

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    1. Hi Seed, sunblock should be applied before applying any makeup. I use foundation daily and almost never skip using it. Yes, you can wear it lightly. take a damp sponge and apply your foundation with it, it will give you the most sheer and natural coverage.

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  15. plz let me know if i have to use a sunblock should i put it before or after the base?

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  16. Very Helpful tips sara! Thanks for posting

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  17. wao another helpful post... I love your posts sara because you always come up with new ideas and who doesn't like some thing new...
    hopefully by reading your posts most of the girls will change their foundation routine...it will really help them...

    I m happy I am not committing any of these seven foundation sins

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    1. Thanks Sahar, I am glad to help :) x

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  18. This was a really awesome post! Very helpful! :0
    Thanks for sharing! <3

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  19. can you do a reveiw on bourjoius 123 foundation?

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  20. thanks for this very informative post :)

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  21. Totally agree with the color! i always find asian girls tend to choose a foundation lighter than their actual skin color which then results in a chalky/grey complexion ><

    I also find cream foundations are amazing for people with dry skin!

    Love the tips hun xxx

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  22. I totally agree with you, choosing a right foundation with right undertone is extremely difficult!

    We have so many brands here, but they have such limited shades available that if a person like me who has combination of pink and yellow undertone, totally get confused. I have like 5 foundations and I am not satisfied with any of them, though i think NYX HD foundation is by far the "kaam chalao" foundation for me. I am still searching for a right type of foundation.

    And today i learned something new after reading your review, that even an oily skin need to be primed or moisturized before applying foundation. I always thought that using primer or moisturizer will make my skin more oily.

    Thanks for such an informative review sara!!

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  23. I absolutely love this post, its rare for me to read such long post but i was so into it. Great info:)

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  24. Thanks for this superb post!!!
    The error number 1 remembers me of my first foundation shopping experience.
    I was in high school and decided to buy my own full size foundation with my sister.
    We went in the "bigger" beauty shop in my city where there aren't shops from famous chains, the assistent, after testing the foundation on the back of my hand gave me the yellowish shade you can imagine.
    I bought it beacuse that was the number 2 and the number 1 of her reccomended product was, instead, too rosy. That foundation was a nightmare and everytime I tried to use it, my face looked so sickly!
    Oh, sweet memories ahaha :)
    Have a great new week
    xoxox

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  25. Very useful post, thanks Sara =)<3
    But ummm.. how can we tell the undertone of the foundation? All of the foundations appear yellow/golden to me :$ Is there a way by which you can tell?

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  26. This is a very important post in my opinion. And i believe foundation is literally the foundation of makeup. it can make or break the look so to speak.
    but i must say it has been a struggle to find a good match for my NC37 skin tone in US and Canada where i have lived most of my life. Here, I have always been pushed to buy darker tones like NC42 and above. After ten years of wearing NC 40-42, a beauty assistant at Lancome told me that i had been wearing the wrong shade all this time. I knew that my foundation didnt match perfectly, but since i didnt want to appear 'ashy' or white i had gone along with whatever i was matched with.. Its interesting that in Pakistan they are doing the opposite and pushing for lighter tones!
    I had to add my two cents to this discussion since its been a pet peeve of mine for a long time.

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  27. How would I correctly identify the undertone color? I don't know that :(

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  28. i have oily skin and i skip moisturizers and foundation primer/base before makeup, this is so helpful thank you :)

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  29. <3 Thank you for these tips. They're all quite true and very useful. While I do tend to go for fuller coverage, it's because I have literally no pigmentation on parts of my cheeks and eye area - they are several shades paler than the rest of my skin. But other then that? I think i'm sin free!

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  30. such a great post sara ... really helpful...

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  31. oh i've done this ! got an etude and luscious liquid foundation ! that i used just once..n the fact that i bought the wrong thing TWICE !

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  32. Thanks for making me more concious for my foundation application..Due to my oily skin i cannot prevent my foundation from slipping..i will try pre moisturising before application and will share the results with you,,:)

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    1. I would also suggest you to set your foundation. That would really help prevent it from slipping :)

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  33. plz do a review on loreal powdered mineral foundation before eid. can i use it as a day foundation like while going to university or office?
    i hv oily skin n patchy tone, post acne scars(minor). after reading ur review on loreal truematch liquid foundation , i bought it frm naheed with assistance of their sales girl, guess it wasnt a match at all. all my money wasted. plzz suggest me a foundation

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    1. Hey Muna, I can't promise a review but in the meanwhile, I suggest googling for some reviews on it. You'd find plenty of guide. Of course you can use a mineral foundation as a day foundation because it would give you a sheer and natural coverage. Sales girls often misguide people. I hope this post would help you in your future foundation purchases. :)

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  34. amazing effort!!! my marriage is drawing near ... looking for the right kind of make up products. Unfortunately, because of lack of sincere opinion, I am wasting away large sum of money on the products which will end up in giving me a cake-pastry look!!!

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  35. Assalam o Alykum sarah.

    your blog is really good :) MASHA ALLAH .

    i wana ask u about mac studio fix fluid, is that available in naheed? and what is the price of that product ? and is that for normal/dry skin . i want to buy this product that matches my skin tone. I have natural beige 02 . and i use that , this is perfect for my skin . i was using etude natural beige 02, liquid foundation but my skin is so sensitive i had started pimples in my face so i stopped that product .

    if i use these foundations what wuld us ay?

    Mac studio fix FLUID
    Revlon color stay/REVLON PHOTOREADY
    Estee lauder double weight light
    MUFE HD
    are these available in naheeds? that matches my skin tone?

    i want to buy from naheed super store bc these markets agha, dollmen and other are too far way from my distance.

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    1. Hey there! Wasalam. Thank you for appreciating <3

      Well, I am not sure about other brands but I have heard that MAC is available at Naheed superstore. It would go well with your skin type but I wouldn't suggest using it on daily basis. Instead you could check out Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation (a cheaper option but good for everyday). I suggest trying out the testers to determine your match :) xx

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  36. Yey,Bravo sarah.I absolutely love ur blog.its such an overwhelming feeling that I am reading a pakistani beauty blog.ur opinion is very honest and I appreciate u for giving very useful information on diff beauty brands.This foundation post is definitely helpful.I started reading ur blog a few months back and I was like wow.Now I want to buy something,first name comes in my mind is sarah's blog.You are a favourite among beauty junkies like me.thanks so much.

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    1. Hey winter! Thanks a bunch for your encouraging words. It means so much to me *e-hugs* I am glad to help. :)

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  37. hi sara! ur advices are really heplful.plz i need ur help..bbecause my skin is really oily a foundation like bourjois barely lasts 1 hour :( In this case i use a powdered foundation..but now its causing damage to my skin..im addicted to it and cant stop putting it :(

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    1. Hey Preety, could you please mention the names of foundations you have tried so far? :)

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  38. You have a great blog here Sara! thanks for all the useful tips. I have had foundation woes too. And mostly because I always apply more than required. But have learnt with practice. what foundation brand do you use?

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    1. Hey Rajvi, thanks a lot for appreciating! :) Well, these days I'm using Catrice Infinite Matt Makeup and Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation. You could also check out my reviews on them :) xx

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  39. this is a wonderful post sara, good job!
    the sales girls really are poor in knowledge as far as the brand that they represent is concerned, I remember i was trying out Revlon foundations at park towers and whichever shade i tried the SA told me it was the right one for me because it made my skin glow:/

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  40. Hello Sara,
    Hope you are doing good. Wonderful blog you are maintaining:) I need some suggestion regarding foundation . I have been using NC 25 Mac Studio fix liquid foundation in winters and NC 25 Studio fix powder in summers. My skin type is combination in winters and oily in summers . My complexion is wheatish fair . Currently my MAC foundation gets cracked on skin and it also gets dull . My complexion becomes dull after some time of application . So i want to change the foundation . Can you please recommend some good foundation that can be applied in winter and summer both plus some foundation primer . I am also thinking to change shade going for a lighter one than NC 25 .I have heard a lot about bourjois 123 . Should i go for it ?
    Recommendation needed from you side :)
    Good Day:)

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    1. Hey Amna, thank you for your lovely words. Well, 123 Perfect would suit you in summer but in winter, you should moisturize really well since it gives a very matte finish. As for the primer, I suggest checking out AVON Magix Face Perfector. You can go through my reviews on both these products. Hope this helps! :) xx

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  41. Heeyy, nice blog :)
    Would you please suggest me a good highlighter ? :)

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  42. true that expert sales assistants are not really experts... once i went to a makeup store all of them told me to buy the lightest shade of foundation they had and when i bought a dark shade for my skin they were shocked and kept asking me whether i was taking it for myself or for somebody else...
    One other important way to see if you want a good foundation is to apply a tiny amount of it at the side of your wrist... :))
    Concealers are the best.. I usually skip foundation and just put on concealer and powder... its really light just like tinted mosturisers...

    Really nice entry
    Nooni

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  43. i usually skip foundation and just apply concealer and matte powder because it makes me feel light... and there is no really difference... really a substitute for tinted moisturisers...

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  44. thankyou so much...very helpful post, i have dry patches on my skin and i always had issues with my foundation, and thought maybe i always choose the wrong shade, but moisturizing before applying base made them closest to my skin tone. wish i knew about that before, wasted too much finding the right shade lol!

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  45. sara u r so pretty and so are yr posts. i just love u...accidentally i came here and was unable to leave without admiring u. :)
    i have never used any primer, highlighter etc. i do wanna use it but dun know any thing abt it :-|
    my color is fair..probably wheatish fair.suggest me some accordingly.
    my skin is really dry in winters and combination in summer..oily nose, chin, upper-lip region. not just oily..on daily exposure to sun it becomes dark too which is really embarrassing for me at times for which i had to use foundation on daily basis. but foundation does not hide these areas even if i fix it with face power. my biggest issue is my dark circles which are nt just dark but kind of in depression. first of all suggest me a foundation. a primer and anything that cud just give a flawless look. please help me. and yes i love glowing look if i did nt have this dark nose n all problem, i wud have used only a liquid foundation.
    waiting for yr reply desperately!
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    1. Hi Zani, thank you so much for your lovely words. That's very sweet of you! <3

      Let's begin with a primer. To put it simply, a primer preps your skin for foundation application. It could be mattifying or hydrating which totally depends on the skin type. It helps stick your foundation better for longer wear. It's not absolutely necessary you use it on daily basis when you don't actually require a long wear time; you could just keep it for special occasions like wedding, parties etc. We don't have many good primers available in Pakistan but you could checkout Catrice Prime & Fine Smoothing Refiner (it's good). If you can shop online, try AVON Magix Fix Perfector. A highlighter adds dimension to a flat face by giving you a glow that lifts up your cheeks and makes you look lively. You apply it above your blusher (on the cheek bone) :)

      Since you tan easily, I suggest checking out Stiefel SpectraBan SC Sunscreen (my HG sunblock at the moment). Apply a pea sized amount on each section of your face before putting on the foundation. You can skip your primer if you're using it since it also contains ingredients such as silicones which provide longevity to your foundation. :)

      For dark circles, you could checkout concealers like Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer (apply after the foundation) or Kryolan Color Corrector Paint Stick 303 (an orange corrector to be used under the foundation). As for the foundation, you could checkout Bourjois 123 Perfect Liquid Foundation (matte finish) or Catrice Infinite Matt Makeup (semi matte finish). To add a glow, you could spritz some rose water (50ml) mixed with two drops of glycerin after everything's ready.:)

      I hope this helps! :) xx

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    2. but there is nothing available in the market named Kryolan color corrector paint stick....if u ask for one,u r given kryolan tv paint stick.....kindly guide! :)XX

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    3. Then you can try the Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer which is quite easily available in stores out here. :)

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  46. Hi Sara..I have a problem..I went to buy a foundation and as usual sales girl mis guided me and I ended up with wrong shade which is maybelline's fit me 130 and I am yellow toned when I went to exchange it they said they don't keep medium and dark shades..now I don't know what to do as that cost me alot ..is there anyway to resolve this through dark pressed poweders? Plz reply

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    1. Yes I think you could try brushing a bronzer all over your face lightly or use a compact powder for that matter. Also, you could mix it with a darker foundation of yours to match your skin correctly. :) x

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  47. really helpful guideline! thanks!!!

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  48. hey can u do a review on bourjois matte mousse foundation?

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  49. hy sara m uni stdnt and always wanna b prettiest one.. i use fair n lovely nd thn apply face powder on it .. but it sucks in daily routeen .. take too much tym to blend it.. while in summer it melts like cooking oil .. m nt satisfied.. in winter it hardens on my face.. let me help in finding sm othr cheap but good product plzzz..

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  50. How to find out if I have yellow/peachy or pink undertones? And after that, which brand offers foundation with proper undertones? Also what do you think about the yellow bases that Krylon cosmetics has. I've seen many of their bases which range from orange to peaches and many other colors, I guess they are correctors but which one to pick?

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  51. How to find out your undertones??

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  52. I am so frustrated. My face is shiny and oily an hour after applying my make up, my pores look magnified, and my cover up doesn't cover anything. Not to mention I can never get the right tone and shade. I have awful acne so I need a lot of coverage. I use a moisturizer, foundation, cover up, and powder. I've tried different brands and never been able to find things I like. Advice???

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    1. Well I really think you should give Merle Norman Lasting Finish foundation a try. It meant for the oily types and it's good. :) x

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  53. ello sara...i am on a foundation hunt for months but unfortunately could not find any that suits me. tried many brands many shades but failed...sometimes it looks over white and sometimes my face looks dull and dark! plus i am still confused about my undertone even after reading alot about KNOW YOUR UNDERTONE on web! and i dont know how to differentiate foundation with yellow or pink undertone :( i have sensitive, oily skin and have occasional breakouts. your advice can really help

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    1. There are many websites that guide you to find your undertone. Normally us Pakistani girls have warm peachy/yellow undertones. :) x

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  54. Thanks for the tips, its really helpful
    I have 3 main problem that prevent me from using foundation in daily bases. First i dont know my exact undertone to pick my foundation on. Can you tell me how can i know. Second, I have combination to oily skin (very oily nose) and I have use make up for ever HD primer and benefit pore professional separate or together but it does not work to matt my face. I really like these product but i need sth help me to fight oils. I have heard of smashbox Anti-Shine primer, if you know it please help me. Also, I have acne all over my face and I am on a treatment but i need highly affective concealer to hide it. All the concealer that I've used it doesn't conceal my acne it just make me look awful. I will really appreciate you if you give me few minutes to help me.

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    1. There are plenty of websites that you can look up on Google that explain how to determine your undertone -- like you could have pink undertones (cool) or yellow/peachy undertones (warm).

      Pick a foundation that is really matte -- for example there is Merle Norman Lasting Foundation SPF 12 that is really matte and keeps oil at bay. Also, it is best if you set your foundation with a powder. You could try Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder.

      Check out Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer. It seems to have good reviews.

      Hope this helps :) x

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  55. hey sara, ive been following your blog for quite some time now. your reviews are always helpful especially for people like me who dont know much about makeup but are still tempted to buy it with the hope that they'll end up being perfect in applying makeup one day lol..anyways, i need your suggestion regarding selection of foundation. emm..regarding my skin type, its like combination/dry type...I experience dry skin in winters whereas in summers i experience oil/sweat dripping off from my forehead, nose, upperlips and chin area (somehow i feel the skin remains dry and sweat dripping of is due to open pores :S). So far i have used "oil free balancing foundation by The Body Shop" its the first ever foundation ive bought so far. O yes, i once bought maybelline mouse foundation but it didnt work for me since it made my skin turn darker after a while and caused so many cracks especially on nose and forehead. So, coming back to the TBS's oil free balancing foundation, it caused cracks (flakes) on forehead, nose, and chin area when used in summers. I recently used it in winters (I am from rawalpindi and the weather here is really cold this year), it worked just OK, but there were cracks (little less though) on nose and forehead. So, im little confused about the selection of foundations now. Which ones do I need to go for? oily/combination types in summers? and dry ones in winters? is that so? :S

    also, do i always need to apply hydrating primer instead of mattyfying one since i feel the skin more to be on the drier side despite having oil/sweat dripping of from T-zone areas in summers?

    looking forward for your reply, and Thank you in advance :)

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    1. Hi Hss & Sara
      I have the same skin condition, I use Crylon TV Paint stick which someone recommended me ages ago I bought it and never bothered to change . Recently I got TBS's virgin mineral powder foundation , I purchased it keeping summers in mind , interesting thing is when I put it on( with TBS skin boost as primer) the places where sweat appears become light and creates light and normal tone blotches. Kindly guide

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