How to Use Foundation on Filipino Women

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If you've lived in the Philippines or have studied the country's culture to some extent, you may be familiar with the rampant colonial mentality that even the natives are aware of. It's no surprise that there should be this kind of collective attitude throughout at least the metropolitan areas of the land. The Philippines, after all, has a lengthy history of being conquered by various foreigners. Knowing that a group of people endured such an experience makes any identity crises on their end more understandable in a historical context. However, if you are a Filipino woman who wears makeup, perhaps you'd like to try using the foundation that looks most natural and flattering on you now. If you've been wearing a lighter-colored base to get an apparently fairer complexion as advised by those who came before you, it may very well be time for a change.

Determine the undertones of your skin when purchasing foundation. If something appears off about your base, it could be that it is too pink for you. Typical Filipino complexions are golden or olive-toned. Depending on your undertones, look for foundations that have a golden or olive hue when shopping for a match. Eliminating the pink ones helps conserve your time and energy.

Choose a foundation that matches the intensity of your skin tone. Even if you subscribe to one of the common Filipino schools of thought that whiter skin is more attractive than darker skin (see Resources), do not apply a light foundation when your natural skin tone is darker. This makes it appear as though you are wearing a mask, and the demarcation line that distinguishes between where your makeup ends and where your skin begins is an unflattering distraction; it calls attention away from your beauty to the fact that you have committed a fashion faux pas.

Begin your makeup routine always with clean skin. Apply moisturizer onto face and allow it to absorb before proceeding. Continue to prep your face for makeup application by dotting on a makeup primer and blending into skin.

Smooth on your foundation from the center of your face outwards with a cosmetic sponge or foundation brush. If you've picked up the habit of applying your base thickly from the days of attempting to lighten your skin with makeup, know that it's no longer necessary. You may even only need sheer coverage. You'll know the coverage level that's necessary for your skin by how evened out your complexion appears after you've blended your base.

Set your foundation with a translucent powder applied with a large fluffy brush. Using this colorless formula keeps you on the safe side so as not to mess with the accuracy of the color already on your face.