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The Perfect Match-Foundation Review

Makeup tips
Makeup tips
Photo by S. Alemdar

Your makeup foundation is just that, the base on which you build the rest of your face. Without the right foundation you compromise the entire look. I’m always on a quest for the perfect foundation. My complexion is a warm caramel with yellow undertones, and either combination or oily depending on the season. Even in the most popular MAC foundations I have to blend two shades together to get a good match. Sometimes I can get away with a sheer coat of Studio Fix liquid in NC45 and C7 powder. I do have occasional breakouts that can leave scarring, so the problem is finding the right blend of color and coverage without being too heavy or greasy.

I have tried them all to see what my skin liked best: liquids, powders, creams, cream to powder, and tinted moisturizers. I've used major brands including Lancome, Clinique, Make Up For Ever, Estee Lauder and Fashion Fair when I worked as a beauty advisor. There were a few times when I found some “keepers” that I would incorporate into my daily beauty routine, but I was never too much of a snob for one brand.

There are also many drugstore brands that have become favorites because of their similarities to the more expensive lines, and I am all about saving money when I can! Some of the best I have tried were Cover Girl Queen Collection, Iman, Revlon ColorStay and Maybelline Fit Me foundations.

As a regular feature in upcoming articles I will share my opinion on some products that I have found work great for my needs. Do the products work as advertised? Is this worth the extra money, or should I save it for something else? And most important to women of color like myself, does it come in a wide range of hues to help me find the perfect match to my skin tone. There is nothing worse than finding a great product that only comes in three shades! I will help beauty junkies like myself narrow down the best choices, and I'll tell you where to find these products locally to save you time and money!