Applying foundation to me is like creating an art. The right foundation always evens out my skin tone and gives me the appearance of flawless skin. But I didn't just wake up one day and was a pro at knowing how to do it. I had to try different methods, otherwise I risk looking like a clown. So here's what I've learned over the years and follow everytime to get that flawless look.
- Begin with clean hands and a clean face.
- Apply a moisturizing sunscreen, moisturizer or primer that's perfect for your skin type. All foundations will go on more smoothly if the skin is well-hydrated. I typically use moisturizers that already include SPF in them, then I'll apply primer. It creates a smooth surface for foundation.
- Let the moisturizer, sunscreen or primer set for about a minute.
- If you have under-eye dark circles, camouflage it with a concealer. Pat, never rub, the concealer into skin.
- I swear by foundation brushes to apply product. They soak up less foundation and blend flawlessly. But some women use a makeup sponge or the fingers to apply foundation. No matter your tool of choice, apply dots of foundation on your cheeks, chin, forehead and tip of the nose. You don't want to apply foundation over the entire face, just the spots that are uneven.
- Using the sponge, your fingertips or the foundation brush, blend the dots together. Pay special attention to your hairline and jawline to ensure there's no obvious line.
- Set the foundation with loose powder immediately after application.
- You don't have to put foundation all over your face. Try spot-fixes for those areas that need coverage, likely around the eyes, nose and chin.
- Don't want to go all out with a foundation? Tinted moisturizers may be all you need if your complexion is dewy, but you want a light, sheer wash to even out blotchiness.
- If you use a sponge, make sure and wash out it out well so it doesn't start harboring all sorts of nasty bacteria.
- If you've overdone your foundation, you don't have to start over. Put a dime-sized amount of moisturizer on a foundation brush and work the brush over your face. If you don't have a foundation brush, your fingers should do. Another trick is to separate a two-ply tissue, placing one ply on your face and moving it around to pick up the excess. I've used the first trick in the past entirely by accident and found it works great.
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