Finding the right foundation formula for you can be a difficult decision. Free foundation samples can be a great way to try out various formulas, but since there are so many types of foundation makeup, you’ll still need to know which ones to look into. There are many factors to consider when choosing the right foundation for you. Skin type is a major factor, as well as skin tone, and the amount of coverage needed. Here are a few simple tips to help you to find the right foundation for you.
Foundations come in many types. There are tinted moisturizers, mousse, liquid, cream, cream to powder, and powder foundations. If you have normal to dry skin and want sheer coverage go with a mousse, cream or cream to powder option. The mousse formulas work best on normal to dry skin. It provides the right amount of moisture and doesn’t cake. This option is great for women who are older. Mousse foundation doesn’t set into wrinkles and fine lines.
Liquid foundation is great for all skin types and can provide a variety of coverage. Cream foundation provides medium to full coverage and works best on normal to dry skin. If this is uses on oily skin make-up can take on an unappealing look as the day goes on. Creams to powder formulas are good options for slightly oily skin. The powder helps to absorb some of the oil and create a matte finish. Powder foundations do the same and can provide medium to full coverage. You can build coverage depending on what is needed.
In addition to the formula of foundation, you can use free samples of foundation to help you find an exact shade match. Some companies offering free samples provide a few different shades so that you can compare and contrast colors. You can also visit a makeup counter to get matched by a professional. Remember to match the product to your jawline to ensure a true match. If you match it to your cheeks, nose or forehead, the color will look too dark or too reddish compared to the rest of your face. It also won’t blend into your neckline, leaving a tacky and obvious line where your makeup ends.
Keep these tips for finding the perfect foundation in mind as you try samples and shop around. Once you find a formula you like by using samples and testers, you’ll feel more confident purchasing the product.
Looking for excellent coverage and a smooth finish? Then a liquid foundation is ideal for you. They work best on normal to dry skin and for any type of special occasion, photography session or other important event. Liquid foundations last longer and look better in pictures or on stage. Keep in mind though, if your skin tends to be on the oily side, you may want to consider a powder foundation instead.
If you’re confident you want a liquid foundation, but aren’t sure exactly which brand or formula to buy, trying some of the free liquid foundation samples listed below can help you out. Trying a few can give you a good idea of what texture, color and weight you like best. For instance, some feel lighter than others, some provide a matte finish whereas others provide a silkier or more glowing finish. The right formula will all depend on the look you’re going for as well as your own personal preference.
All in all, the best thing to do is to test out a bunch. Get feedback from others and pay attention to which ones are most comfortable and which are easiest to apply. Taking various factors into consideration, the decision making process will be much easier and you’ll end up with a flawless finish you can feel confident about.
Once you have decided that you like powder foundation more than liquid, cream or mousse foundations, you can then focus on finding the best powder formula for your skin type. Finding the best one can require some trial and error, but these pointers will help steer you in the right direction:
Some powders provide a slightly creamier finish than other powder foundations. These types of products are ideal for normal to dry skin. Examples of these include MAC’s Studio Fix foundation and others. If your skin is more on the oily side, using an oil absorbing powder foundation will help keep unwanted shine from taking over. You can also try using a powder foundation plus oil absorbing sheets. Using both of these will really provide the ultimate solution for oily looking skin. If you have combination skin, using a thicker moisturizer on the dry areas will help remedy the problem before your powder foundation is applied.
When looking to purchase a new powder formula, the best thing to do is to try a few different brands before you settle on a final choice. Free powder foundation samples are available online and also at department store counters. We’ve listed the very best powder foundation sample offers we could find below:
Maybelline is giving out tons of makeup and beauty prizes to the winners of their Color Whisper Sweepstakes. There’s a huge $5000 grand prize (wouldn’t that be nice!?) They’re also giving out sets of their Color Whisper lip glosses to new winners each week. Each set includes all 20 shades of the product! To participate, simply enter here. They’ll have you click on a shade to start. Just follow the instructions to sign up and I wish all you who enter the best of luck!
BB creams or ‘Beauty Balm’ creams are one of the newest ‘it’ products in the beauty industry. They act as both a moisturizer and makeup to give you a beautiful, natural looking glow that you can rock alone, or layer underneath your makeup. They are the ultimate multi-taskers since they target dry skin, aging, imperfections, uneven skin tone and even provide SPF protection.
While supplies last (and we know they wont last long!), you can snag a free sample of Maybelline’s new Dream Fresh BB cream by requesting yours here. UPDATE: This same freebie is now available at Target.com as well! Click on the ‘Request Sample’ button.
This is an awesome freebie – you don’t want to miss this one! Enjoy.
Hurry over to Target’s Facebook page to get your free Beauty Bag. Like their Facebook page and submit your information. Bag includes products for your hair, face and skin. Don’t miss out on this one!
This freebie requires an initial purchase, but is free after the rebate and has a minimum $14.95 retail value!
Purchase any specially marked Physicians Formula® Youthful Wear™ Youth-Boosting Foundation product between 1/1/12 and 12/31/12, and then fill out this rebate form. Mail in the form and your rebate will arrive within 10 weeks.
The offer is valid until the end of the year (December 31, 2012).
Our next giveaway is underway! This time, we’re giving away a MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish. If you haven’t tried this product before, you’re in for a treat. Mineralize Skinfinish is an all time MAC fan favorite. MAC junkies collect these like nobody’s business.
The product is applied on bare skin or on top of your foundation. They have a slight sheen to them to give your skin a finish of perfection. They can double as bronzers or highlighters depending on the shade you choose, so they’re the perfect product for summertime.
You can see all available shades here: http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/159/782/Products/Face/Powder/Mineralize-Skinfinish/index.tmpl
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This is a very limited time offer: at 5pm EST on Wednesday, May 30, the first 1,000 people to sign up will receive a free Youthful Wear Illuminating Powder from Physicians Formula. This powder gives your face a gorgeous glow and can be worn alone or over foundation.
To sign up, head over to the Physicians Formula Facebook page and enter the secret word (provided on the Facebook page at 5pm EST sharp!). Again, the first 1,000 to do so will win. Just FYI, 5pm EST is 4pm Central, 3pm Mountain and 2pm Pacific. You will want to have the page ready to be pulled up right on time so you can be sure to snag one!
Head on over to the Target Facebook page and ‘like’ the page to qualify to enter their giveaway for a free beauty bag.
They are going to be giving away 457,000 beauty bag prizes by May 26, 2012, so you have that many chances to win! Good luck to everyone who signs up.
Estee Lauder Gift Time is here! From January 24 – February 5th, 2012, you can get free makeup from NeimanMarcus.com and Neiman Marcus Stores with any $70 Estee Lauder purchase.
The bonus gift includes a 14-day supply of Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Age-Correcting Creme, lip and eye makeup products in the season’s most popular shades, a chic gold-weave fashion tote bag, and other Estee Lauder products. The free gift retails for over $195.
It’s the Estee Lauder Foundation Event at Dillards stores nationwide. Visit the Estee Lauder cosmetics counter inside your nearest Dillards store and get a free ten-day supply of your ideal liquid foundation shade. They have a pretty cool iMatch™ System that helps anyone find the closest foundation match – both in shade and formula type. No purchase is required, but samples are limited to one per customer.
Visit Estee Lauder’s Facebook page here for additional details.
The event ends November 23, 2011 at 9pm (store close) or while supplies last, so don’t wait to get yours. I would stop by as soon as you can.
If you haven’t seen the tv commercials yet, then listen up. You can get a deluxe sized bareMinerals foundation sample at any Bare Escentuals boutique. If you’re like me, my first question was – Ok, well where is the nearest Bare Escentuals store? Is there one close to where I live? So here you go: find your closest store here.
Bare Escentuals is one of the most legit mineral makeup brands on the market. So if you haven’t yet tried mineral foundation, you don’t wanna pass this one up. Mineral makeup in general provides great coverage while still allowing you to keep a healthy glow instead of looking like your makeup is caked on. It’s also healthier for your skin than most other foundation formulas.
I’m not sure what shade the free mineral foundations are available in, but I would imagine they will have a few to choose from when you go in. Also, I’m not sure how long this promo will go for, so it’d probably be best to stop by in the next week or so to make sure you don’t miss out.
By ‘liking’ their Facebook page, you will get a coupon for a free 7 day trial of Teint Miracle, a skin product that helps to correct and balance out your skin tone. Lancome calls it a “natural light corrector and bare skin perfection” product.
The product helps you to look younger, more vibrant and more radiant. Skin imperfections are minimized with the use of light reflecting particles that help diffuse light as it reflects off of your face. As a liquid foundation, you would expect it to be heavy, but this formula is extremely light, airy and soft.
We’re not sure how long this offer will go for, so if you want it, sign up for it today. Full details can be found on Lancome’s Facebook page (mentioned above).
Sarati Laboratories is giving away free samples of makeup primer to veried skin care care businesses. If you have a skin care business, spa, salon, etc. and haven’t tried makeup primer before, take them up on the opportunity to see what it’s all about.
Primers are applied after your moisturizer, but before your makeup. They help to tighten pores to minimize their appearance. They also help to prep your skin for your makeup, allowing any cosmetics product to last much longer than it would otherwise. Your skin is smoother, wrinkles are less noticeable and your skin looks more even-toned.
To get samples, email kevin @ sarati.com to make your request. Remember, you must have a verified US business to qualify to receive samples. This page has complete details.
This primer is super lightweight allowing you to maintain a weightless feel to your makeup look.
Bare Escentuals is promoting their bareMinerals Matte Foundation. Bring in this printable coupon into any Sephora inside JCPenney store. In exchange, you will receive a complimentary sample (10 days worth) of their Matte Foundation plus a free baby buki mineral makeup brush. If you live near a JCPenney Sephora store, this deal is a must.
The offer is only good while supplies last, but they have promised to provide you with a sample of something else if they run out of the bareMinerals samples.
Only while supplies last (ie: hurry!), you can get two free samples of foundation, concealer/cover cream or powder from Iman Cosmetics. Simply visit this page, then choose which face most closely matches your skin tone. From there, choose which two makeup samples you would like to try. Your options will include Iman Stick Foundation, Liquid Makeup foundation, Luminous Foundation, Cream to Powder foundation, Cover Cream concealer, Luxury Pressed Powder, Perfect Response Powder or Semi Loose Powder. Allow for ten days or so for your free foundation samples to arrive.
This is a great offer requiring no participation or purchase. Iman is a great makeup brand that specializes in cosmetics for women of color. Be sure to sign up as soon as you get a chance so you don’t miss out!
This offer is for a mineral makeup kit from Bare Escentuals, the leading manufacturer of mineral makeup on the market. This offer does require participation, but in exchange, you get an entire makeup kit, not just one sample product.
This starter kit includes two shades of mineral makeup foundation, a mineral bronzer, a mineral makeup powder, three makeup brushes and a special 4 oz. brush cleanser/shampoo. It also comes with a “getting started” guide to help you learn the basics of applying mineral makeup products. This awesome kit retails for $174. Visit this page for complete details or to sign up.
When it comes to mineral makeup, Bare Escentuals is the most popular brand out there, so with this offer, you really can’t go wrong.