Some women are born with a naturally even, clear and flawless complexion, while others have to cheat the system just a little, which is why we have foundation. Foundation is probably the most important product in your makeup bag and unfortunately, it’s also the one that can be the trickiest and most confusing to use properly. You can achieve flawless looking foundation, all you need is a little bit of guidance from the experts and the right shade for your skin tone. Below, we’ve got six tips that will help you go from novice to pro when it comes to getting flawless looking foundation.
Pick the Right Color
Without a doubt, the most important trick to getting flawless foundation is picking the color that best matches your skin tone. You can follow every single tip and trick here but still end up looking like a hot mess if you are using a foundation that is either too light or too dark. Perhaps the easiest and most foolproof way to find your shade is by heading to your local beauty counter or Sephora to get matched. When you’re looking for a foundation in the drugstore, chances are that you will have to guess your proper shade since most foundations aren’t available to test in these establishments. If there are testers available, pick three shades you think will match and apply a small swatch to your cheek. Blend each one out a bit and the one that seems to disappear against your natural color is the one you want to grab.
Moisturize and Prime
In order to get a flawless finish from your foundation, you need to begin with the right products. The first step in any foundation routine is to moisturize. When your skin is well hydrated, your foundation will glide on far more easily and evenly, so you won’t have to worry as much about dry patches on your face. Next, use a primer. Lisa Eldridge, makeup artist, YouTube beauty guru and the official global creative director for Lancome, says that creating a base is the key to a flawless finish. It can work wonders for the overall complexion and also help your foundation to smooth more evenly. It also keeps makeup in place for longer.
When you use foundation only on your most troublesome areas and you don’t attempt to cover every spot or dark area on your face, you will be left with the need to conceal these areas. Remember, a foundation is meant to even out your complexion, not to conceal imperfections. It matters when you apply your concealer as well. “I always apply concealer after foundation, simply because once the foundation is on, you can really see the areas you need to highlight or conceal. If you apply before, it’s also likely to rub off when you apply your foundation,” advises Eldridge.
Less is More
One, if not the most, frequent mistakes women make with foundation is to use it as a coverall. Eldridge stresses that foundation is meant to even out the skin tone, not to conceal every tiny imperfection on your face. No matter what type of foundation you use, you want to avoid creating a mask-like effect by loading up too much foundation on your skin. Apply it where you need it most, usually the chin, nose area, mouth area and center of the forehead, and then blend it outward for the most even and natural look.
Blend, Blend and Blend Again
Blending is the secret to creating a flawless foundation look and you can never blend too much. As we stated above, dot foundation in the center of your face or the areas in which you really need it, and then blend outward towards the sides of your face. “If you really focus on these areas and blend out, the foundation will become thinner as it goes towards the hairline, which will help achieve a much more natural finish,” explains Eldridge.
Set the Foundation
Once you’ve evened everything out, blended to perfection and used concealer on problem areas, you want to be sure that your hard work lasts throughout the day. They most effective way to help your makeup last longer (next to primer) is to use a loose powder. You can find loose powders that are translucent, tinted to your skin tone or that are various colors designed to color correct your entire face, just be sure that you use a light hand when applying powder. If you don’t have very oily skin to begin with, you can probably just apply setting powder on your T-zone and leave the rest of your face as is. Setting sprays can be a great tool to keep makeup in place, but be sure to read the ingredients carefully. Many setting sprays are made using alcohol, which can end up drying your face out during your day.
Flawless looking foundation may seem like a lot of work and it will probably take some trial and error before your get it right, but the end result will be a naturally radiant face. Makeup is about personal expression and enhancing your natural beauty, and picking the right foundation and using the proper application techniques will help give you a natural yet flawless foundation look.