Whether you’re a foundation diva or a makeup novice, this article demands your attention! Foundation is the most important part of your makeup routine
– not just because it’s the base or starting point, but because it can be the most noticeable product on your face. That is, if you don’t do it right, it won’t matter what else you put on; anyone will notice a blending blunder.We’ll start with choosing a foundation.
There are a lot of tips and tricks floating about for how to choose the proper one. Just remember that different situations may call for different foundations. A glamorous, girl’s night out normally calls for a full foundation - unless you simply aren’t fond of using one. A more demanding day at yoga practice calls for ultra-sheer tinted moisturiser. A picture-perfect wedding face calls for a foundation that is right between the two. Here’s how to choose.
1) Look for foundations with medium to light coverage.
2) Liquid or cream depends on you and your skin type. Check to see if the products are recommended for dry, oily, or neutral skin. Traditionally, liquid works for many women but cream foundations provide a bit more moisture for those with extra-dry skin. They also have a longer wear. If you have oily skin, look for foundations that counter skin oils so that your face won’t get sticky after long use. When in doubt, consult a cosmetologist.
3) For the right colour, start by narrowing down the possibilities to three different shades. Test each one in a vertical line across the flat of your cheek. The one that is hardly noticeable against your skin colour is the best shade for you. If you are unsure, you can do the test again with different shades. Selecting the proper kind and colour of foundation
is just half the battle! Now, here’s how to prepare your skin to avoid ashy-ness, contrasting lines, and a caked-on or uneven look.First,
start with a clean face. Before any makeup, you should always have a fresh canvas to work with. After washing, use a non-oil moisturiser, which will act as a primer for your foundation. Apply thinly and evenly to your entire face, pushing it just barely into your hairline and bringing it down along your neck.Next,
use a concealer that is two shades lighter than your skin or one shade lighter than your foundation. Dab it gently on any under-eye circles and blemishes you want to get rid of – but do it lightly. Many women make the mistake of using concealer as thick as possible. With a foundation added over it, it can create a noticeably caked-on area so be diligent about this. Apply it lightly and evenly.Applying Your Foundation Correctly
Now you’re all set to apply your foundation!
We’ll let you in on a technique that differs from the traditional “apply it everywhere” approach. Many women experience the “foundation line.” It’s that noticeable line that marks the end of your foundation and the start of your natural skin color. If you’ve picked the correct shade, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue. However, this technique should put a stop to that once and for all.
- Rather than applying foundation all over and working it in, start at the center of your face. Using a dabbing technique, apply it first to these key areas: above and behind the brow, on your nose and bridge, around the sides of your nose, along nasal-labial lines and on your chin. Blend from those points outward in all directions, making sure to get a natural blend over any concealer areas.
- Next, add another round of foundation dabs. The trick is to apply it lighter. These will go on your forehead but NO higher than the middle of your forehead. Also apply it along the edge of your jaw and up the far side of your cheeks but NOT against your ear or hairline. Applying foundation right along the edges of your face will only contribute to a noticeable “foundation line.”
- Now, spread the foundation both toward the center of your face, blending it into your first application, and toward the edges of your face, blending it into your natural skin colour. Done correctly and if you didn’t apply too much, the foundation will run thin toward your hairline and ears, blurring the line between foundation and natural skin colour.
- Make sure to blend foundation over your jawline and just very lightly blend under your chin. Do not apply foundation beneath your jaw.
- To finish, you can opt to use a large round brush and lightly dust the edges of your face with a loose powder slightly darker than your foundation – half a shade, if possible. As always, blend, blend, blend. This can further help to blur any foundation line.
And that’s it!
- If you opt out of the do-it-yourself routine, be sure to always tell your makeup artist what kind of skin you have. The same makeup does not apply well to everyone and your artist should know this.
Application of the perfect foundation is done! If you experience shine or want a softer look, dust the forehead, nose and chin with translucent powder. This can give off a soft and supple appearance, assuring that your skin doesn’t outshine you on your wedding day. Last but not least, always remember that less is more. You want to enhance your beauty, not cover it up.
☺♥ - Tara - K Fuller