How to Correctly Apply Foundation

Foundation is a magical skin colored makeup product which helps to even out the skin tone, covers blemishes and provides a flawless finish. It comes in various forms such as cream, liquid, mousse and powder based. What you need to know while buying a foundation is, your skin type and tone and go for the one which is suitable for both.

Choosing the appropriate shade of foundation for your skin type and skin tone is essential. So, always do a swatch test before you make a choice. Swatch at least 2-3 shades of foundation which are close to your skin tone and try them each, on one side of your face to see the difference. Another thing to consider while choosing the foundation is, to assess the undertone of your skin, whether its cool, neutal or warm. Keeping all these things in mind, you will surely get the perfect match for yourself.

Once you have found the right shade of foundation, it’s all about the right application techniques of applying the product perfectly.

Step 1

cleaning and prepping your skin

  • It’s best to start with cleaning and prepping your skin by using a cleanser/makeup remover to get rid of the impurities and any makeup residue. After cleansing your skin, moisturise it well to get a healthy look. It’s always good to use your hands while massaging the moisturiser onto the skin as the product penetrates and works well.
  • Now it’s time for the primer, as it would make your foundation last longer and as well as work as a base before the makeup. In case you have oily skin, you can opt for a primer plus mattifier(two in one) as that would help in mattify the skin to an extent. Start with a concealer. Apply it with an applicator brush on the areas where you think you need coverage such as under the eye, around the mouth or forehead. The concealer will immedieatly reduce the appearance of discoloration, cover up blemishes and make your face look even.

Pro tip – There is no set of rules when it comes to makeup, you can use your concealer before the foundation or after; depending on the intensity of the coverage needed.

Step 2

now time for the foundation

  • It’s now time for the foundation, choose an appropriate brush for the application, you can either opt for a flat/fluffy applicator brush or even a sponge. Start applying from the center of the face and blend it outwards, buff the foundation really well into the skin and blend it evenly all over the face. Don’t forget the neck area as you don’t want your face to look different than your neck.

Pro tip – The best brush to apply the foundation is a duo fibre synthetic brush using circular motion as it helps to buff the product well into the skin.

Step 3

foundation with some powder
  • It’s important to set your foundation with some powder. Choose either a loose/pressed powder that works well for you, and lightly brush it all over the face with a fluffy powder brush.
    Pro tip- The application of powder varies for different skin types, if you have a dry skin, apply powder only where it is required such as the areas which tend to get shiny; for instance, under the eyes and the T zone. In case you have oily skin, majorly on the t- zone.

Final look

foundation with a compact powder

Finally top up the foundation with a compact powder and light eye shadow, eye liner and a lipstick. And you’re all set to head out!

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