Foundation or base is the ultimate basic when it comes to your makeup. Yet, it is one of the trickiest things to get right. From finding the perfect shade to applying it so there aren’t any streaks, here’s a little guide for you to reference whenever you need.
- Find the right shade. Still not sure if you have cool, warm or neutral undertones? Join the club. An easier way to find your match is to pick two shades that you think most closely match your skin color, then step into some natural light (a window) to see which one disappears. If you have freckles, match the shade to your overall skin and not the freckles themselves.
- Find the right formula. When choosing what type of foundation to get it’s important to consider both your skin type and the amount of coverage you prefer. Panicked by all of the options? The coverage level from lightest to heaviest generally goes like this: BB cream or tinted moisturizer, CC cream, liquid or serum foundation, cream foundation and powder foundation.
- Choose the right one for your skin type. If you have acne prone skin, stick to liquid, mineral or powder formulas that won’t irritate your skin or clog your pores. If you have dry skin, you can use liquid or cream formulas, which will deliver even coverage without clinging to dry patches. Normal skin? Count your lucky stars… it’s really your choice then and you can probably get away with tinted moisturiser.
- Learn how to apply it. OK, now that you’ve got your foundation, how do you put the stuff on so it doesn’t streak or pill? Repeat after me: Less is more. Rather than apply it all over, dot some on wherever you need coverage and blend, blend, blend. If you prefer a makeup sponge, make sure to wet it and squeeze out any excess water before lightly tapping the color into your skin. If you like using a brush, use downward strokes to go with the grain of any facial hair.
- Don’t forget this spot. The key to making yourself look naturally well-rested lies in one little secret—or spot that you might be missing with your application: your eyelids. Bring your foundation over your lids to help even out any discolouration, which will brighten up your entire face.
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