Hi Loves, welcome back to my blog. When I first got into makeup, one of the things I had problem with was finding the right FOUNDATION. I  didn’t understand what I was supposed to look for. I’ll watch youtube videos to see what  beauty gurus use and recommend, forgetting the fact that the foundation works well for them doesn’t mean it will work for me.

How To Choose The Right Foundation



Foundation is supposed to create  a healthy, smooth and consistent colouring throughout the face & neck. It is important to get this right as the point of foundation  is not to look cakey but to help skin look its best. Hence, when looking for or choosing the PERFECT FOUNDATION, three things have to be highly considered;

  1. Skin type (oily, dry, combination)
  2. Skin tone (dark, medium, fair)
  3. Coverage (light, medium & full)

1.     SKIN TYPE: we all have different skin types and this may change with the weather. I have combination skin; normal/dry on the outer part of my face and oily in my T-zone [forehead, nose, sides of the nose and chin]. How oily and dry my skin is now depends on the season/weather. During Spring/Summer, I get more oily in my T-zone and usually normal on the outer part of my face, hence, during this time, I go for an OIL-FREE MATTE FOUNDATION. During Autumn/Winter, my skin becomes dry especially on the outer part, then I opt for an HYDRATING, ILLUMINATING FOUNDATION.

  • An Oil-free Foundation controls oil, usually gives a matte finish and most of the time, it lasts on the skin. It’s the best for oily skin.  If used on dry skin, it clings to dry patches on the skin, sucks the oil needed by the skin to hydrate itself. Skin will feel thirsty, look cakey and wouldn’t  have a nice, smooth finish.


  • Hydrating/Illuminating Foundation: is perfect for dry skin. It hydrates the skin, gives a luminous healthy glow. On oily skin, it wouldn’t control oil production,  it will aid it making the skin look like a oil mess within few hours of wear.




2.    SKIN TONE: Our skin tones vary, not all dark are the same, not all medium or fair are the same. Foundation is not a one skintone fits all. To get the perfect shade for your skin tone. I will advise the foundation be matched to the chest, not face (our face usually has varying pigmentation or uneven skin tone), not the neck (foundation is usually dragged down the neck from the face). This is to avoid looking like you are wearing a mask. 

How to get the Perfect Foundation Shade:  When buying a founation for the first time, it is advisable to buy it in person (not on the internet) as it may be tricky. Foundation can either be drugstore or highend.

FOR DRUGSTORE: they are more difficult to match because

  1.  they don’t provide professional matching service,
  2. they don’t give out samples,
  3. shade range is usually limited especially when it comes to us deep dark skin tones,
  4. most of them don’t accept return,
  5. store light can deceive.

When I want to choose my shade in a drugstore foundation, I will take two shades I feel are closer to my skin tone, I clean off a part of my face close to my neck, I put a streak of each of the foundation there, on my neck and chest. I see which of the shades is closest and matches the three best and I choose, crossing my fingers I got it right because at times when you get home, under a different more natural lighting, it may look different.

FOR HIGHEND: It is easier to get colour matched in stores because

  1. they provide professional matching service,
  2. give out samples,
  3. shade range is usually wider,
  4. accepts return,
  5. light usually mimics natural light and they have huge mirrors.

This is the best way to get matched to a foundation and/or to know if it’s for your skin type as you get to take sample, wear it more than once before actually buying the full product.


How to get Matched To Foundation (Collecting Samples)



3.    COVERAGE: light, medium or full coverage. It sometimes depend on skin condition.

  • People with acne, uneven skin tone and texture issues usually go for full coverage foundation, while
  • people with less or no skin problems often go for light to medium  coverage,
  • some people just love the full glam full coverage look no matter what their skin condition is.

For everyday use, I prefer a light coverage and to occasions, I love medium coverage. I hardly go for full coverage foundations.

  • Light Coverage  Foundation gives sheer coverage and can be built up to medium. Anything above that may look cakey.
  • Medium  Coverage Foundations can be sheered down by reducing the amount used, with a moisturiser or by adding a primer and can be built up to full coverage.
  • Full Coverage Foundations can also be sheered down to medium or at times light coverage.

Foundation comes in different forms; 

  • Liquid


  • Stick


  • Cream to Powder
  • Powder

I love liquid foundations.

Tools: foundation can be applied with different tools

  • hand
  • beauty sponge
  • brushes
  • siliponge
  • Now, some people use bra insert, condom, socks, sanitary pad and all sorts of hilarious tools.

All that matters is distributing it all over the face & neck evenly.


  • Lighter foundation can be used to highlight the centre of the face,


  • Darker foundation can be used to contour.


PRIME: it is important to prime the face before applying foundation.


I hope you enjoy today’s post. How do you match foundation to your skin tone? What coverage of foundation do you prefer? What tool do you use in applying your foundation. Please COMMENT below. Don’t forget to LIKE, SHARE & SUBSCRIBE via E-MAIL. Follow my blog via BLOGLOVIN or subscribe via E-MAIL and check out my Youtube Channel.

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  • It’s so hard to find the right foundation. I still haven’t managed for me!

  • Mayuri Saxena

    Finding a perfect foundation is the most difficult thing in the world. I always end up buying two colors for myself…one darker and one lighter than my skintone and then I mix it up. It gives me the perfect foundation shade I need. Thanks for the tips!

    • Kenny Olapade

      I also mix to shades together to get my perfect shade. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  • Thikrayat

    I don’t wear foundation because I find it overwhelming to choose one, thank you for the tips

    – Thikrayat

    • Kenny Olapade

      You’re welcome. I’m glad you find them helpful. Thanks for stopping by my blog ❤ ❤

    • Kenny Olapade

      I’m glad you find my tips helpful. Thanks for stopping by my blog

  • The shade range in high end stores is so overwhelming. I tried to buy concealer online and I was like uh…. (cue the crickets). I love how you broke down the three main elements on what to look for! I will definitely keep that in mind. I use Luminous, so I guess that’s right since the majority of my skin can be dry. Xo

    • Kenny Olapade

      Yes, the shades can be overwhelming, that is why I hardly buy complexion products online. I want to see what it really looks like in person. Luminous foundation is perfect for dry skin. Thanks for stopping by my blog ❤ ❤

  • Fehintola

    Great post Kenny. I’ll share this with my younger sister and nieces so they know what to look out for when they want to get a foundation.

    • Kenny Olapade

      Thank you

  • Great tips! Finding the best foundation is very tricky. I always prefer to get a sample and test it at home before buying.

    • Kenny Olapade

      Me too, I don’t shy away from samples.

  • Azra Haracic

    Super helpful. Thanks for sharing. xx

    • Kenny Olapade

      You’re welcome. Thanks for stopping by my blog ❤ ❤



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