One of the main questions (other than asking "does this look good on me?" or "what colors should I wear") is the age old question - which is better, department store cosmetics or drugstore cosmetics?
This is a debate that will certainly not be solved in today's column! Indeed, I expect it will rage on long after I'm gone, or whenever my laundry is truly finished - so let's just say not in my lifetime!
My answer to this question is that they both have their strengths and their weaknesses. But if you are going to shell out a great deal of money - or only have a limited amount of money to spend on makeup, I say spend on department store foundation.
There are many reasons for my answer. The main one being that you cannot test drugstore foundations. Color matching is almost impossible - you have to see it on your own skin (preferably outside in real light) to see if it is a true match. Even if you "think" you found a true match, you have to know how the coverage is on your skin - not enough coverage, too thick, too thin...you get the picture.
In a department store - or a store like Sephora, you have the luxury of testers. You can have a sales associate help you, or you can test foundations yourself to see not only how it looks on your face, but how it feels as well.
Your face is your canvas and you want a foundation that matches perfectly, and looks natural like you aren't wearing any makeup at all. You don't want foundation to be cakey, you don't it to be streaky and uneven, and by all means, you don't want it to be a vastly different color than your neck! We've all seen the unfortunate woman with the line of demarcation between her actual face color and neck color.
Go to the department store and get yourself matched. Remember to go outside and look at yourself in the real light. Nothing worse than going home, putting it on, looking in the mirror and saying "oh no!", and starting all over again.
Makeup is fun - have fun finding the type of foundation that makes you not only look good, but feel good too.