8 TIPS AP­PLY­ING FLAW­LESS FOUN­DA­TION

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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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