How to pick the correct foundation for you

How to pick the correct foundation shade?

This is something that plagues us all, and even the best of us don’t always get it right. The idea when picking a foundation shade is to match it to your neck and chest area. The idea of foundation is to even out the skin and make it all one colour, dimension and colour is brought back in by then applying blush, bronzer, contour and highlight.

Top tips to help you pick the right shade

• Apply a stripe of the foundation down your jawline onto your neck and see if the colour blends into the skin.

• Never test on the back of your hand. Your hand is never going to be the same colour as your face.

• Ask for samples. Never buy any foundations without taking it home and trying it out. Even drugstore brands. Bring along a little sample pot and ask for a sample.

• Pick for your skin tone

How do I know my skin tone?

There are three types of skin tones that we can fall into: cool, warm and neutral. The majority of high end brands will have a range for each tone, and the high-street brands are starting to follow suit.

Cool toned

Do you find that you suit silver jewellery better than gold? Well, if you do then chances are your cool toned. Try pick a foundation with more of a pinky base.

Warm toned

Gold jewellery suits you better? Well then go for more yellow toned products


Well aren’t you lucky, you suit both! Skin tone aside, the ideal foundation should disappear into your skin, so if in doubt try three different shades at the same time along your jawline and whatever one disappears and looks more skin like is the one for you.

Foundation application

This area is all about personal preference, you can even switch it up on a daily basis unless you know what brush or sponge works best with each foundation you’re using.

Lot of people love the Real Techniques blending sponge for liquid foundation application as it leaves the skin looking airbrushed and blends out any leftover product.

Ideally you can use a brush, like the Blanc canvas cosmetics f20 flat top kabuki brush which is an amazing product and an Irish company.

Prepping the skin

Making sure the skin is prepped for foundation is important. For the winter months try to incorporate a moisturising primer of your choice into your skincare routine. This helps create a barrier between your skin and the foundation, stopping the product from sitting in any enlarged pores you may have, and also helps control oil production.

Party season tips

Have you ever looked back on pictures and wondered why your face is white? This is due to the SPF in your foundation. The SPF essentially believes the flash photography to be harmful and bounces it back off your skin. Hence the white face brown body! To counteract this and be picture perfect simply ensure that your foundation contains a very low SPF or contains none at all.

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Q My son is 18 months old and has just started saying his first words. It is an extremely exciting time in our house and my husband and I are eager to encourage his speaking as much possible. What advice would you give us on how we can foster this without bombarding and confusing him?

AThere is nothing better than hearing your baby begin to talk. All the hard work you have put in over the last two years is coming back tenfold.
Toddlers will vary significantly with ability and speed of which they talk however a guide would be about 50 words by 2 years of age. The most important thing to watch for is that your baby/toddler is cooing and babbling and begins to string sounds together like “Mama/Dada” They should have a wide range of speech sounds and like to imitate you and things they hear.
There are many ways that you can promote Speech and Language development at home:
1. Slowing down your own speech and taking time over conversations with your little one. Every day is a new experience when you are 18 months, nappy changes, bath time, baking a cake brings endless opportunity for you to interact and offer new words for them to hear and repeat. Make eye contact, smile and use exaggerated tones to keep things interesting and fun for your tot.
2. Review the toys that you have on offer to your tot and ensure that they give plenty of open ended play opportunities. Role play is a wonderful way to allow children to take the lead. Kitchens with lots of plates, cups and pots. Fill the pots with dry pasta and allow your child to cook and serve you. Playdoh, painting, gardening and sandpits are also great for allowing your child to take the lead and babble about what they are doing. Read plenty of books together and point and allow them time to answer any questions that you ask.
3. Limit screen time. Overuse of televisions and iPads do not give your child opportunity to interact in a two way manner.
4. Ask your child lots of open ended questions “What’s that?” “Where are we?” Point at things they know the answer to for boosting confidence (Car/ Car, etc.) When they don’t know the answer, explain it to them. Limit baby talk and speak clearly with good pronunciation, remember you are the teacher and they will copy you.
If you are concerned about your child’s speech and language development, be sure to speak with your GP or developmental Health Nurse. They are very skilled at understanding the difference between speech delays and spotting something that may require professional attention.
Enjoy watching their little brains absorb the world around them and listen to what they have to say. It won’t be too long before they won’t stop talking to you, asking “Why Mummy/ Daddy?” every 5 minutes….



Q. I’m would like to start an exercise programme that will benefit my emotional health as much as my physical health, but I don’t know which type of class would be best. Should I consider choosing from yoga, pilates, tai chi, or could you recommend a class, please?

A It’s great that you have decided to get into exercise. The benefits to you are going to be great. You’ll sleep better, have more energy, better skin, reduced stressed, not to mention all the amazing physical benefits of your clothes fitting better, and looking healthy, trim and toned! My advice to you would be to try them all. Even if some don’t offer pay-as-you-go sessions, if you get in touch directly with the instructor, they will almost always let you try it out first to see if it’s for you. All of the above things that you mentioned are great for mental health, so it really will be a personal preference as to which you go for. On top of the classes you mention, all forms of exercise will give you great mental rewards so consider the not so obvious interval training sessions, bootcamp, and circuits too, as you will also feel on top of the world after a class like that.