A great foundation does wonders on any woman who wants to look better than she thinks she is. When you use the appropriate foundation on your skin, it functions to even out the different tones on your face to give the illusion of perfect flawless skin.
However, the right steps must be taken seriously before you solicit undesirable stares and giggles. Therefore, we shall look at 10 great and simple steps in applying foundation to prepare for that great look with makeup.
First and foremost, wash your hands and face before you start on your foundation routine. Always have a clean face to put on your foundation. You will use your hands too, so a pair of clean hands would augur well with good hygiene.
Next, try to identify the color and tone of your skin realistically, before choosing the exact foundation shade. Do not be tempted or be deceived into getting a shade lighter, just because you think you have a darker skin color or tone. A lighter shade will make the tan or dark person look ghostly due to the non-matching tones. The best effect of a foundation is to be applied on a skin tone that is closest to its shade; otherwise, you might look awkward.
It is always a good practice to test a little of your preferred foundation shade on a small area of your face, to check its suitability, before purchase. Your test should be done in the natural light, to give you a true view of, how the foundation shade looks on you. Request the assistance of the MUA, to put it on your face to check its suitability.
Never be rushed into buying a foundation, especially during the sales. Check the expiry dates as foundations do contain chemicals which can be toxic when the validity period is exceeded. Go for top quality foundations that have been well tested with no side effects or very low risks.
There may be some natural ingredients foundations that are more suitable for sensitive skin as well as to reduce the carbon footprints. Do not buy excessive quantity of foundations which you cannot apply within the expiry dates. You would be ‘penny wise but pound foolish’ in your action.
Select the foundation based on the type of coverage for your skin. For example, a normal healthy skin needs only a tinted moisturizer. If you have sensitive skin, check with your doctor or dermatologist on the best type of foundation to use. Otherwise, choose the mildest form of foundation that will not cause side effects on your skin or health such as rashes, acne or irritation. For really sensitive skin, use a very thin layer of the mildest form of foundation if it cannot be avoided. Wash your face often to keep it clean and open to breathe.
Before applying the foundation, make sure that your face is cleaned and moisturized to avoid splotches and unevenness of the foundation. Use the right type of soap to clean your face. Some commercialized soaps can be very harsh on certain faces or skin types; hence, identify your skin types before applying any type of soap on your face. Dry your washed face well gently before applying the foundation.
Use a brush or sponge for that perfectly blended look instead of your fingers when applying foundation. But sometimes you may need to use your fingers to smooth out streaky bits for an even layer if the sponge is not very effective. However, ensure that your hands are clean by washing them first before starting on your foundation routine.
Make sure that your nails are not too long and be careful with your strokes so that you will not scratch your face accidentally. You can add on more powder on areas which you think are lacking foundation coverage. Turn left and right to check your profiles to ensure an even layer on both sides of your face.
Foundations can also be applied only on certain parts of your face which are considered problem areas, so as to ‘cover’ these ‘flaws’. This not only saves your foundation, but also allows your skin to breathe through the uncovered space, unless you want even and total coverage. These parts include under your eyes where bags or dark circles tend to emerge. You can camouflage the dark rings under eyes using a concealer for a better effect. Pat the concealer instead of rubbing.
You should be dabbing on your foundation, instead of rubbing or swiping, whether you are using a sponge or a brush. A makeup sponge is a very effective makeup tool for an even foundation unless you are very skillful with your fingers; dab a few dots of foundation gently on your face areas such as cheeks, forehead, chin and nose tip. Blend the dots well with either the sponge or your fingers unless you have a good foundation
Use the available foundation brushes to put on your foundation on your face; they are more effective in giving a flawless look with their brushing. Moreover, less foundation is used this way. Take note of your jaw and hairline which tend to be missed out in most foundation applications; otherwise, you might look like you are wearing a mask.
The foundation should be applied with downward strokes, to smooth down your facial hair, instead of smothering it otherwise. To ensure that the foundation stays, apply some loose powder over it gently without making it spotty. When your foundation is well applied, you will look radiant with cake lines on your face, especially when you smile or laugh.
For a longer lasting lipstick color and shine, put some foundation over your lips too. This will help the lipstick color stay better on your lips.
A powdered foundation is easier to apply than liquid or creamy types. Set aside the puff from the compact and use a fluffy brush instead, for a smoother and more even look.