How do I ap­ply foun­da­tion?

Ruby gives us the low­down on the best ap­pli­ca­tion meth­ods out there

Woman & Home - - Foundation Special -

TOOLS…

fin­gers as a make-up artist this is my go-to method. you can con­trol the prod­uct and re­ally work it in.

Brush to cre­ate a uni­form veil with a nat­u­ral fin­ish, i love the fenty beauty full bod­ied brush, £26, and chanel pinceau fond de teint brush.

Beauty Blender the beauty blender in pro black, £17, is great for get­ting in all the nooks and cran­nies. wedges you get a lot of con­trol with these and tend to waste less foun­da­tion. but be sure to go for a la­tex-free va­ri­ety.

WORTH IN­VEST­ING IN

chem­i­cal sun­screen they seem to work best un­der foun­da­tion. our

favourites are elemis daily de­fence shield spf 30, £46 and dr den­nis gross dark spot sun de­fense Broad spec­trum spf50, £42.

pow­der if you have oilier skin, or sim­ply want your make-up to stay in place longer, you will need to use a pow­der to set it. i like marc Ja­cobs fin­ish line per­fect­ing co­conut

set­ting pow­der, £32, and kat von d lock-it set­ting pow­der, £22.

high­lighter tapped on top of your cheek­bones, it gives skin life and in­jects pret­ti­ness. give sis­ley in­stant eclat in­stant glow primer, £60, a go.

TOP THREE CON­CEAL­ERS

vichy der­mablend sos cor­rec­tor con­cealer stick, £15, ef­fec­tively cov­ers blem­ishes while still leav­ing your skin look­ing nat­u­ral. nars soft matte com­plete con­cealer, £24, has stretch, blends bril­liantly and is great around the nose. char­lotte til­bury magic away con­cealer, £29, has a cute spongetipped wand that makes ap­pli­ca­tion easy and comes in tons of shades.

NEED TO KNOW: BASE AND OLDER SKIN

✢ less is more. use too much prod­uct and it will sit in lines and em­pha­sise wrin­kles.

✢ prep is even more im­por­tant for older skin. you need to make sure your skin is well hy­drated or the foun­da­tion will just em­pha­sise lines. ap­ply a face cream and leave it to soak in be­fore start­ing your base.

✢ start in the mid­dle of the face and work out­wards. any red­ness or blem­ishes are likely to be in the cen­tre of the face, so start ap­ply­ing your prod­uct there – no­body needs lots of cover­age near their ears!

✢ ul­tra glowy is a look best left to the cat­walks. in real life, glowy skin just makes you look like you’re hav­ing a per­ma­nent hot flush.

✢ lu­mi­nous, sheer foun­da­tions will not last all day. if this is your fin­ish of choice, you’ll need to reap­ply your make-up half­way through the day for a con­stantly flaw­less fin­ish.

“The Mac 188S Small Duo Fi­bre Brush, £28, is an­other favourite tool of mine. It’s amaz­ing for light­weight ap­pli­ca­tion and blend­ing any for­mu­las”

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