8 TIPS APPLYING FLAWLESS FOUNDATION
Foundation—many women have a love/hate relationship with it. Love the potential for creating the appearance of even-toned, blemish-free, flawless skin. Hate that it can be so tricky to actually look like you aren’t wearing anything at all. That’s why you need a multipronged strategy to achieve a natural-looking base. The first step is to get a foundation in your perfect shade and next, learn how to apply it like a pro. For that, we’ve got you covered—here are all the application tips you need to achieve complexion perfection.
1. Start with a clean canvas. Your foundation will only look as good as the skin underneath, so maintaining a consistent skin care routine is key. Right before applying foundation, it’s important to cleanse your skin to help prevent clogged pores and remove any dirt that may be dulling your natural radiance. Next, gently exfoliate your skin to sweep away any dry, dead skin cells that may cause foundation to go on unevenly or look flaky. Finally, apply moisturiser; foundation sinks best into hydrated skin. 2. Take the time to prime. A primer may add an additional step to your makeup routine, but it will go a long way to ensure that your foundation looks flawless because it turns your skin into a perfectly smooth surface. If you have skin concerns like redness, dullness or uneven pigmentation a colour correcting primer helps even out your tone. 3. Be conservative. Always start by applying just a little bit of foundation, then add more until you have the right amount of coverage. The goal is to only apply foundation where you need it, so that your skin still looks like skin. And let’s face it: there’s nothing worse than ending up with a face caked in foundation. 4. Work from the inside out. Concentrate the foundation in the centre of your face where redness and blemishes tend to be more problematic. Apply just a dab of foundation on each side of your nose, and in the centre of your forehead and chin, then blend outward. 5. Stipple, don’t rub. Whether you’re using a foundation brush(synthetic bristles are best) or your fingertips, apply foundation in a stippling motion, which means gently tapping it into your skin. Avoid any wiping or rubbing motions because that will only push the foundation around and cause streaks. 6. Don’t forget your ears! Often overlooked, your ears are a part of your face, too. If you’re prone to red lobes, lightly sweep your foundation brush over them so that they blend in with the rest of your face. 7. Set it and forget it. Most people associate powder with a matte, cakey look, but dusting a silky loose setting powder, like Blended Loose Powder, over your foundation will ensure it won’t budge without dulling its finish. Dip a large, fluffy powder brush into the powder, then tap or shake your brush once to remove any excess—you should be able to see the bristles through the powder. Lightly sweep it across your face, using a heavier hand on areas that tend to get shiny, like your T-zone, chin and undereyes, if necessary. 8. Stack concealer only where needed. If there are any areas where foundation simply wasn’t enough, such as dark under eye circles , red spots or blemishes, dab a concealer over them, then tap it into your skin to blend seamlessly without rubbing your foundation away.
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