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5 Essential Tips on Choosing the Perfect Foundation

Let’s face it. On some days, you might want to use a lightweight luminous finish. On other days, you might prefer a foundation with a fuller coverage. Rotating between a working weekday and a weekend, or when you transit from a hectic day of work to an evening wine and dine, you would like to find the right colour foundation that can help you achieve the right finish for the occasion. Let Tropika Club help guide you with these 5 essential tips on choosing the perfect foundation. 

 5 Essential Tips on Choosing the Perfect Foundation

Let’s start from basics: What is a foundation? 

Foundation is exactly what its name suggests: the base upon which you’ll build your entire makeup look. ‘Foundation’ is an umbrella term for a wide variety of products that vary in texture, colour, and consistency. In simple terms, foundation is a cosmetic that can be applied to your entire face (and sometimes, even your neck and other body parts) to provide a nice even finish to your skin. Concealer is meant to conceal, while foundation is meant to be the base — or ‘foundation’ — of your look. Noto also stresses the importance of going easy with foundation or tinted moisturizer before applying concealer on any blemishes, as she says this is what gives the most natural-looking coverage

1. Pick the Perfect Colour

Some people love a tan while some are in search of a means to lighten their skin tone. However, trying a different coloured foundation is not the thing to do. Wearing a lighter tone will likely make you seem like a ghost since it will create a grey undertone and going too dim may make your face look blotchty… So, to avoid both situations, make sure that the foundation evens out your complexion and gives it a bright glow instead of changing this up entirely. No one should go out looking for a foundation that modifies their attributes. A base is supposed to enhance your natural beauty so make sure that you find one which does precisely that.


2. Know your Undertone

Knowing your undertone is crucial when it comes to finding the perfect foundation match. There are three undertones: cool, warm, and neutral. Cool undertones have a pink or blue hue, warm undertones have a yellow or golden hue, and neutral undertones have a mix of both. To determine your undertone, look at the veins on your wrist. If they appear blue or purple, you have a cool undertone. If they appear green, you have a warm undertone. If you can’t tell, you likely have a neutral undertone. Once you know your undertone, it becomes much easier to choose the right foundation shade that will match and blend seamlessly with your natural skin tone.

While choosing your base, always select a color keeping in mind your natural skin’s undertone. However, it is not uncommon to have a trendy, pink undertone either so be sure to know which applies to you before shopping. If you are not sure, stand under a bright light and examine the underside of your forearm. If the veins on your forearm are olive, your skin has a yellowish tone. If they’re bluish in colour, you get a pink undertone.

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3. How much coverage would you need? 

When choosing a foundation, it’s important to consider how much coverage you’ll need. This can depend on various factors such as skin type, skin concerns, and personal preference. If you have blemishes or uneven skin tone, you may want a fuller coverage foundation. On the other hand, if you have relatively clear skin, you may prefer a more sheer coverage. It’s also important to consider the occasion and time of day. For example, you may want a more natural and breathable foundation for daytime wear, and a more full coverage foundation for special events or nighttime outings. By considering your individual needs and preferences, you can choose a foundation that provides just the right amount of coverage for you.

4. Choose foundations suited for Singapore’s humid weather

Choosing the right foundation in humid weather can be tricky, but with the right tips, you can ensure your makeup stays flawless all day long. It’s important to opt for foundations that have a lightweight and breathable formula, as heavy foundations tend to melt and slide off in the heat. Look for foundations that have a matte finish, as they tend to be more long-lasting and oil-absorbing, making them perfect for humid climates like Singapore. Also, consider using a primer or setting spray to help your makeup last longer in humid weather. With these tips, you can choose the perfect foundation that suits your skin type and Singapore’s humid climate, keeping you looking your best throughout the day.

5. Choose your preferred finish

A set of cosmetic products on white surface, foundation

The last piece of the foundation puzzle is finished. Most foundations are described as matte, radiant, glowing, natural, and so on. ​Foundations that bear words such as ‘dewy’, ‘glowing,’ and ‘luminous’ on the package contain light-reflecting pigments and shimmer to give the skin a radiant finish. These foundations are better for those who want to make dull skin look healthier and more youthful.

Foundations that are meant to give the skin a natural finish are often described as ‘natural’ or ‘matte’ (shine-free) and rarely contain mica or other reflective ingredients. Matte- or natural-finish foundations look more like real skin, which makes them ideal for oily or combo-oily complexions. Once you’ve decided what sort of coverage, formula, and finish you’d like, you’re well on your way to picking out the perfect foundation for you.  


In conclusion, choosing the perfect foundation is essential to achieving a flawless complexion that matches your skin tone and addresses your skin concerns. By following these five essential tips, you can find the perfect foundation that works for your skin type, tone, and coverage needs. It’s important to choose the right color, formula, finish, and texture, and to go easy on the application to achieve a natural-looking coverage. Remember, foundation is the base of your look, while concealer is meant to conceal, so it’s essential to choose the perfect foundation before applying any concealer on blemishes. With these tips, you can confidently choose the perfect foundation that makes you look and feel your best.

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