Does your foundation look inconsistent? Sometimes on point, and other times patchy and dull? We hear you, girl! No matter how much money you spend on your foundation, it seems that some days it just doesn’t want to work with you!
Well, we’re here with some advice to help you out. Professional makeup artists know all kinds of cool tricks to ensure that foundation looks effortlessly flawless. And honestly, it is effortless.
1. Start clean and moisturised
Never apply foundation to an unwashed face. Never - not even if you’re in a hurry. You’re just adding to the dirt with makeup, potentially blocking pores and causing a breakout. Washing your face and using a toner also helps to remove dead skin cells, which makes your skin smoother so that foundation glides on more easily.
After washing your face, use a toner to make sure all impurities are gone. If you feel like a real treat, use Lancôme Tonique Éclat Clarifying Exfoliating Toner - it’s deliciously refreshing on the skin, and contains ingredients that assist with your skin’s natural exfoliation process!
Follow with an SPF moisturising face cream suited to your skin type, even if your foundation also includes an SPF. You can never use too much SPF. Those UV rays lead to wrinkles!
2. Use more than one shade of foundation
This tip will change your foundation game forever. If you use just one shade, your foundation will always look flat and one dimensional. Using that work with your face’s natural colouring adds so much life and definition. Use a medium shade in the middle of your face and a darker shade on the outer edges of your face. If you’re really feeling fancy, apply a lighter shade under your eyes.
The shades you choose should be similar, with just slight variations to give you a natural look. Blend your foundation well using a beauty sponge.
We recommend True Match Foundation. This is the best foundation for good coverage but is also lightweight enough to let your skin’s texture shine through. Plus, it’s highly blendable for a seamless finish.
3. Apply small amounts of foundation
Do not take a huge blob of foundation and smear it all over the place. You’ll be surprised at just how little foundation you need to cover your whole face. Apply dots of foundation smaller than a pea all over your face, blend, and then apply more if you feel you need more coverage.
4. Work from the centre out
The centre of the face always needs more foundation than the outer edges. When you’re applying foundation, start blending at the centre where you need more coverage. You’ll have less foundation on your beauty sponge when you get to the hairline and jawline, making it easier to blend the colour into these areas with no obvious foundation line.
5. A good setting product is a must!
You may not believe it when your makeup is freshly applied, but using a setting powder or setting spray really makes your foundation go the extra mile!
Use a setting spray like Urban Decay Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray to give your foundation longevity for up to 12 hours. Its unique formulation actually controls the temperature of your makeup - yes we’re serious! This makes it great to use in humid climates where your makeup seems to slide off your face.
If you’re prone to shiny spots on your forehead or nose, a setting powder may be the answer. We love Maybelline Facestudio Master Fix Setting & Perfecting Loose Powder which minimises shine and blemishes with a matte, burring finish. This is superb makeup for oily skin or combination skin.
Now that you know how to apply makeup like a pro, why not check out some of our other beauty trends like and eye makeup, for an exciting new look?