Getting your foundation to look flawless can be hard. But these simple tips will make it a little easier. While we are sure some of you have been expertly applying your makeup since the age of 12, there are some of us who just aren’t as certain about how to get the best look. And really, no matter how advanced you are, it never hurts to get back to the basics and reevaluate your techniques.
Foundation is an important step to get right because as you well know, when it’s wrong, it’s really wrong! We’ve all seen (or been guilty of!) cakey makeup or the wrong color and it is very noticeable. The point of foundation is not to look like you have on layers of makeup, but to enhance and help your skin look its best.
4 Tips for Flawless Foundation Application:
1. Find a product that is right for your skin type.
If you have oily skin, use a foundation that is water-based and free from oils that will make you look shiny. For those with dry skin, you are going to need something with some hydration power to it. Otherwise, it will look cakey and very matte. Don’t forget coverage is important. If you like a lot of coverage don’t purchase something that is sheer or you will be forced to apply more than necessary leaving you with foundation that is too thick.
2. Match your skin tone.
This is the step that trips up most people. It is tempting to swipe a little on your jawline, find one that matches and buy it. But what you really need to do is test it on your chest or the back of your hand and then walk outside into the natural light. The lighting in most department stores is brutal and distorts color. Also, don’t forget to let it sit for a few minutes to see how it is going to absorb into your skin. Some formulations completely change color after they absorb so don’t skip this step.
How do you know what your skin tone is?
Warm undertone: If you tan easily and do not burn, your natural melanin level is higher. This means you most likely have yellow-to-olive undertones.
Cool undertone: Those who burn and either tan minimally or not at all, have less melanin resulting in a pink, bluish-red or ruddy undertones.
Neutral undertone: You can burn, but you also tan fairly easily. There is no obvious evidence of olive, sallow or pink. This undertone is the easiest to match!
Shortcut undertone test: Look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. If your veins are blue/purple, you are in the cool tones. If they appear green, you are in the warm spectrum. If you have a difficult time discerning between blue and green, you are neutral!
3. Never apply foundation to un-prepped skin.
Exfoliate regularly to remove that dull layer of skin that can cause foundation to appear caked on. Another important rule is to never apply foundation to skin that hasn’t been properly moisturized. Even oily skin will need some sort of hydration prior to putting your makeup on.
4. Don’t forget to blend!
It doesn’t matter what your preferred method of application is, just make sure you blend, blend and blend some more! Make sure you remember your neckline as well. Blending your foundation from your jawline onto your neck will give you an overall, flawless appearance.
Hope these tips help!
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