It’s pretty difficult to picture life without foundation. Of all our makeup, base is the one thing we simply cannot do without. It covers a multitude of s(k)ins and keeps us looking fresh-faced during business meetings, lunch dates and fun nights out. However, slapping the same base on your face the same way day in and day out won’t do you any favours. Switch things up and experiment with these for a gorgeous, your-skin-but-better look.
You haven’t lived until you’ve combined different skincare products and for your perfect, custom-created base. Sheer out a full-coverage foundation by mixing in some moisturiser or face oil, depending on your skin type. Boost your skin’s glow factor by layering a primer with a liquid highlighter, such as NYX Professional Makeup Born To Glow! Liquid Illuminator in Sunbeam, before you apply your foundation.
Add some heat
Warming up your foundation or buffing brush before you use it to apply foundation can do wonders for seamless blending. Swirl your brush of choice – ours is the precise and firm Large Tapered Foundation Brush – in your palm (clean hands please!) to heat up the bristles slightly and make them more flexible, allowing for breezy blending work. Products are more malleable and easier to work with when they come into contact with warm fingertips or a warmed-up brush.
Fifty shades of base
Your skin tone is likely to change depending on the time of year – in the summer months, we tend to have a bit more colour on our faces, while in winter our complexions can turn a bit ashy, or even translucent if you’re fair-skinned. To prevent mismatching your skin to your foundation, find your favourite formula and buy two shades – one darker ‘summer’ shade and one lighter ‘winter’ tone. That way, you can blend a drop of each for in-between seasons to customise your very own colour. You don’t have to splurge on two expensive foundations either – L'Oréal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation is great for your skin and wallet, and comes in an extensive range of shades. Finish up your foundation routine with a light dusting of translucent powder across your T-zone for an airbrushed look that lasts all day.
Blemishes and dark circles don’t always disappear under a layer of foundation, so to brighten your and make your eyeshadow pop. Contrary to popular belief, the right way to apply concealer is on top of your foundation, not underneath it. Otherwise you run the risk of wiping your concealer off when you apply base. Your concealer should match your foundation as closely as possible. We love Instant Anti Age Eraser Concealer because the formula is lightweight and gentle on delicate under eye skin, and the built-in sponge makes for easy application.