All you need to know about getting your foundation right.

1. KNOW YOUR UNDERTONE

When choosing foundation, we often incorrectly think in terms of light and dark instead of warm and cool. If your skin has a cool undertone, you need red or blue-based foundation, while a warm undertone requires a yellow-based shade.

TIP: The veins on your inner wrist show your undertone – cool undertones have blue veins while warm ones have green veins.

2. SKIN TYPE COUNTS

Those with oily skin types should go for oil-free liquid, powder or mineral foundations that can mattify the skin and not aggravate excessive oil production. Dry skin? Liquid and cream foundations, preferably ones that have radiance or hydrating qualities, are your go-to options. Combination skins can mix liquid and powder foundations, depending on which areas need to be mattified and hydrated the most.

3. PROCESS OF ELIMINATION

Always go for three shades that could be your perfect match. Test each in natural light on your jawline or your chest area (never on your hand). The colour that disappears into your skin is your perfect match.

4. LONG-LASTING APPLICATION

Build up your foundation coverage in layers rather than doing one heavy application. Layering foundation allows it to last longer and makes coverage more even. Try this trick to give your coverage zero-creasing room: apply foundation and set with translucent powder. Then apply a second layer and set again. Apply concealer only on the required areas, such as under the eyes and on blemishes, and then set with powder.

TIP: For smooth application, warm your foundation on the back of your hand before applying to your face.