Applying foundation can be daunting. We’ve all seen patchy faces, or the lovely lady with a make-up line that definitively ends at her chin and jaw line so when you see her neck it looks like her head is attached to a different body. There are several ways to avoid being stared at (for the wrong reasons) and pointers for getting that flawless-skin look that we aim toattain. Here are some tips for getting foundation use right:
1. After washing cleansing your skin thoroughly, pat it gently with a towel and let it air dry. Then, apply a moisturizer, preferably one that includes at least SPF 20 sunscreen.
Let the lotion set into your face and neck. Once it’s completely dry, apply your foundation. This will allow the make-up to glide on; with moisturizer or a primer to start, you’ll avoid seeing patches or large pores after your foundation is set.
2. Actually, before applying foundation, make sure you’ve bought the correct tone for your specific skin color. The right foundation should blend in with your natural coloring. You don’t want to choose a shade that makes you look like you’re wearing a mask.
Specialty stores will provide a representative to advise you and test products. You can also take home samples and experiment. Many convenience stores also allow you to return make-up if you’re dissatisfied with your choice.
3. Less is more. Ideally, we want one light, smooth layer of foundation. If you’ve chosen the correct shade, moisturized or primed, and are applying your foundation with a nice sponge or pad, the result should be a thin, unnoticeable layer creating a smooth and mono-toned surface. You can even top it off by brushing on a fine, finishing powder. By no means, however, add more layers of foundation.
4. How you apply the foundation will determine your success rate as well. Make-up experts suggest using a foundation brush, starting out in the center of your face and blending out. Then with a foundation sponge, merge in a rolling motion and press it into your skin.
If you have any blemishes or spots that still peek through, you can dab on the tiniest bit of concealer with a clean fingertip. Setting your translucent/finishing powder on top should also be brushed ever-so-lightly. There are also setting sprays you can apply to keep your beautifully smooth face in tact all day.