Down to the ba­sics

There’s a good rea­son why the foun­da­tion got its name — it can make or break your look. The key, SO­HINI DEY dis­cov­ers, lies in choos­ing the right prod­ucts.

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T he first time I used foun­da­tion was for a dance per­for­mance. A sin­gle shade was slapped on to ev­ery­one’s face, ir­re­spec­tive of com­plex­ion or skin type, and it was an ab­so­lute dis­as­ter. In a few hours, my face had turned a shade of chalky white; but what was worse was the break­out that fol­lowed. Pre­dictably, I stayed away from foun­da­tions for a long time.

In the re­cent years, how­ever, the foun­da­tion has be­come in­dis­pens­able in my beauty kit. With nu­mer­ous brands and va­ri­eties now avail­able in In­dia, choos­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate foun­da­tion for a spe­cific skin type has be­come much sim­pler. But to make the right choice, it’s cru­cial to keep a few things in mind.


Make-up Artist Cherag Bamb­boat says, “The best way to choose a foun­da­tion is to ap­ply the shade on the jaw line.” The bet­ter the prod­uct blends in, the more ac­cu­rate the shade. “One must pay at­ten­tion to darker ar­eas — around the mouth, un­der the eyes, cor­ners of the fore­head, and the sides of the face. Th­ese ar­eas can’t take the same shade of foun­da­tion if there is a great dif­fer­ence in colour,” Bamb­boat adds.

Tom Pecheux, Es­tee Lauder’s Cre­ative Make-up Di­rec­tor, sug­gests sep­a­rate foun­da­tions for sum­mer and win­ter. The sum­mer foun­da­tion should be one shade lighter than your skin tone while the one meant for win­ters should be a shade darker.


Do you wear your work suit to a party? We doubt it. So why wear the same foun­da­tion? Your choice of prod­uct should vary ac­cord­ing to the oc­ca­sion. Dur­ing the day, keep your foun­da­tion light to avoid look­ing caked up. If you have nor­mal skin, a foun­da­tion with sheer cov­er­age is suf­fi­cient. For a spe­cial day-time oc­ca­sion — a brunch or a day date — use a medium-cov­er­age foun­da­tion to con­ceal small flaws and smoothen your com­plex­ion. An evening oc­ca­sion mer­its a heavy-cov­er­age foun­da­tion that will cover fine lines and blem­ishes and add lu­mi­nes­cence to your face. When it comes to ap­pli­ca­tion, Pecheux sug­gests us­ing your fin­ger­tips for light cov­er­age, a brush to hide medium flaws and a sponge for heavy cov­er­age.


It is of­ten as­sumed that new-age skin­care prod­ucts — BB creams, CC creams and tinted mois­turis­ers — are sub­sti­tutes for the foun­da­tion. Not quite. While th­ese prod­ucts some­times pro­vide more skin­care ben­e­fits than the foun­da­tion, they can hardly match up in terms of cov­er­age. In ad­di­tion, none of th­ese prod­ucts are avail­able in shades as varied as the foun­da­tion. Essen­tially, there is place in your beauty kit for one or more of th­ese prod­ucts, but with­out let­ting go of the tra­di­tional foun­da­tion.

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