How do I apply foundation?
Ruby gives us the lowdown on the best application methods out there
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”