Hi there girls! =)
So today I have decided to write about some tips I gathered over the years concerning foundation and how to apply it making it look flawless and natural. A good complexion is the base for a good makeup. A good tip before we start: it’s a good idea to apply your foundation on the brightest area you can possibly find, so you are sure it looks as good in natural light as it does inside your house or the place you are doing your makeup on. Moving on to the actual tips. 😀
1. Find the perfect color for you.
One of the most important aspects that allows you to wear as little foundation as possible (thus making it look natural) is the color of your foundation. It’s important that it matches your skin color as best as possible. Start by picking the color you believe to be the right one for you, swatch it on your neck (don’t blend it out) and check it in direct daylight. Step outside if you need to. If the foundation disappears on your neck (your neck, not your face, as it’s easier to make your face match the color of your body than the other way around) and you can’t see much of a color difference, you picked the right color. Keep in mind that you might not be able to find the perfect, exact match to your skin color, so you may need to do the previous steps with more than one color to figure out which one matches you best. Figuring out your color this way is easy if you go on a department store, where they have testers you can try on right there, but it can be tricky if you’re going for a drugstore foundation. What I usually do in that case is I pick any foundation sample that matches my skin tone perfectly on Sephora or shops alike, take it to the drugstore with me and compare it directly to the one I actually want to buy there. I just place them side by side and go with the one closer to my sample’s color.
2. Get your skin ready for foundation.
Creating a base to your makeup is key to a flawless complexion. The most important step here is to moisturize! No matter your skin type – oily, combination, dry – you do always need to moisturize. Different skin types have different moisturizing needs, but moisturizing is always important to protect your skin while giving your foundation something to “hold” on to and last longer. Usually I cleanse, tone and moisturize and then proceed to wait 5 or 10 minutes until the moisturizer sinks in, I grab a tissue and dab it all over my face just in case there is any leftover moisturizer on my skin’s surface and either go for primer or skip it. I will only go for primer if I need my makeup to make it through the whole day and a big part of the night or if I am going somewhere special and really want my face to look perfect and flawless. If your skin is dry or combination (more on the dry side) a good idea is to apply a BB or a CC cream as a moisturizer and primer all in one, as it will give you some extra coverage (meaning you’ll be wearing less foundation) while still moisturizing your skin and giving your foundation something to grab on to. Also, don’t forget to exfoliate once in a while!
3. Apply foundation accordingly to your desired final result.
You can apply foundation with your fingers, a brush, a sponge, etc. The application method depends on the final result you want to achieve. If you apply foundation with your fingers, you’ll get a little less coverage but it will look more natural, whereas if you use a brush or a sponge, you can get better coverage. A damp sponge is the best applicator for a full coverage foundation, as it leaves just the right amount of product on the skin while giving you the perfect amount of coverage. If you can still see that little flaw that’s bugging you, just dab on a little concealer. 😛 But no matter what, never apply thick layers of foundation, regardless of your application method. The best technique for a flawless finish is to blend thin layers of foundation into the skin.
4. Concentrate the product on the middle area of your face and blend outwards.
The way to achieve the most natural look with the littlest amount of makeup possible is by concentrating the product in the middle part of your face and blend it working your way out into the hairline and neck, so the layer of foundation you’re applying gets gradually thinner. Usually people need more coverage in the middle area of the face (around the nose, around the mouth, on the cheeks) and gradually less as they go out of that area. By blending the foundation outwards, you get the coverage you need in the middle and the seamless gradual blending where you don’t need as much coverage. If your foundation color matches your skin tone, you won’t notice the difference from where you concentrate the product to where you blend it together with your own skin tone.
5. Apply concealer after foundation.
It’s usually better to apply foundation and then concealer, because the foundation itself covers the majority of the skin flaws all on its own. If you go in with concealer first you’ll most likely have the tendency to cover a much bigger skin area than you’d actually need to, so you will be wasting concealer, you may be making your face look “cakey”, your face may get oilier faster through the day if you have oily/combination skin and so on. By applying foundation first you apply just the right amount of concealer afterwards and because it has the foundation underneath, the concealer is less likely to crease on the skin. If you are covering pimples and scars and such, it is a good idea to apply a concealer that is the same color as your foundation. If you’re trying to cover dark circles, it’d be better to go for a liquid/creamy concealer that is one or two shades lighter than your skin and apply it in a triangular shape down to the top of your cheeks, as it will hide the dark circles better while highlighting certain areas you may want to highlight, all in one product.
6. Set everything with a good pressed or loose powder.
Setting your makeup with a powder will mostly make it last longer. A powder can also give you some extra coverage and even out the skin tone a little further, but that is totally optional, depending on the product you choose, as some are completely clear when applied. Others will also give your skin a smoother, silkier texture. The finish they give to the skin (matte, glowing, etc…) depends entirely on your personal choice. Setting your makeup with powder will make it look better throughout the day than it would without powder, it won’t fade as easily, and it will also keep your skin from getting oily for a longer period of time (in case you have oily/combination skin). This final step does make a big difference on the final result you will get, as it will take the appearance of your skin to the next level.
I’ll be finishing here but these aren’t all of my tips. I came up with far too many and I didn’t want to make a huge post (too late!) so I’ll stop here, but in case you want more tips on applying foundation or anything else, just let me know in the comments and I’ll write on what you guys requested. I hope you liked the post and that it is helpful to you. 🙂