per­fect your foun­da­tion skills

Lay the right foun­da­tion and the rest of your makeup will come easy. Here’s your guide to com­plex­ion per­fec­tion

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From new for­mu­las to bestsellers, th­ese are your base es­sen­tials.

Makeup trends come and go, but get­ting your base right is for­ever. Lucky, then, that foun­da­tions are on the up and up. At makeup mecca Sephora, the base cat­e­gory has ex­pe­ri­enced ma­jor growth in the past year. “We’re find­ing that women now opt to have a wardrobe of foun­da­tions in ro­ta­tion to suit vary­ing oc­ca­sions and the time of day,” con­firms Gillian Ridley Whit­tle, Myer’s group gen­eral man­ager of cos­met­ics and lin­gerie. Dress your face right with th­ese top tips and hit picks.

MEET YOUR MATCH The big­gest blun­der you can make with foun­da­tion has less to do with how you ap­ply it, and more to do with how you buy it. So in­vest your time in find­ing your per­fect colour match. “The lights in a store can throw you off, so don’t rely on the mir­ror. Ask for a tester, take it home and wear it for a few days,” ad­vises makeup artist Molly Warkentin. If you pre­fer to do your ground­work on­line, web­sites like Fin­da­tion and Match My Makeup let you in­put your cur­rent base shade then sug­gest per­fectly co­or­di­nated al­ter­na­tives. KNOW YOUR TONE “If you have olive skin, you need a yel­low-based foun­da­tion. Fair skin usu­ally needs a cool, pinkbased shade, and if you’re in be­tween pale and warm, choose a neu­tral hue,” says makeup artist Elsa Mor­gan. If you’ve reached adult­hood with­out


un­der­stand­ing ex­actly what you are, here’s a quick trick: flip over your wrist and check the shade of your veins. If you have yel­low or golden skin and a green­ish shade to your veins, you’re warm-toned. If you’re pink­ish with blue veins, you’re a cool tone. If you see a mix of those shades in your skin and veins, con­grat­u­la­tions, you’re neu­tral and are way eas­ier to match. You can prob­a­bly wear a few colours just fine. PREP AND FOR­GET Any makeup pro worth their concealer wand will tell you the real magic of a base hap­pens be­fore you even touch your foun­da­tion. “Skin should be well-hy­drated. I use a face oil to mas­sage into the skin first. If skin is hy­drated, foun­da­tion glides on and you use less of it,” says Warkentin. For best re­sults, take a few breaths be­tween the two steps as well. “Let the mois­turiser or oil set­tle in for a minute or two be­fore you ap­ply foun­da­tion, oth­er­wise it just di­lutes the cov­er­age. If you aren’t al­ready do­ing this, it’s a game-changer,” says makeup artist Jas­min Lo. FIND YOUR LIGHT You know how good light­ing makes all the dif­fer­ence when you take a selfie? Same goes for base ap­pli­ca­tion. “Putting foun­da­tion on in bad light­ing will give you ma­jor blend­ing prob­lems. Find that spot in your house – or your car! – that has the bal­ance be­tween be­ing not too dark and not too light, and do your makeup there every day,” sug­gests Lo. CEN­TRE YOUR­SELF No mat­ter which base you choose, it pays to start your ap­pli­ca­tion in the mid­dle of your face. It stops cov­er­age be­ing too thick around the edges, where you’re more likely to see it. “I get the best re­sults when I use my fin­gers to blend from the cen­tre of my face out­wards to­ward the hair­line, then down the neck,” says Mor­gan. “Then I buff over that us­ing a brush or sponge to make it flaw­less.”

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