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How To Apply Foundation

Apr 27, 2008
To achieve the perfect flawless complexion, you need to choose a foundation that most accurately matches your skin tone. However, your coloration may be quite difficult to match precisely- if it is 'in between' tones available, don't be afraid to buy two lots of foundation (one darker, one lighter than your natural shade) and blend them to create a closer match. This is also handy as your skin will naturally be darker in the summer months, so you can alter the ratio of the two foundations accordingly. If you can afford it, it will be a good investment to buy a foundation from a beauty counter, as color experts can often tailor a foundation to most complement your skin, and so it's a worthwhile purchase!

Preparation

Beautiful make up starts with beautiful skin! To keep your skin in the best condition, it is essential to cleanse properly and to keep it hydrated. Before applying foundation, it is a good idea to massage in a high quality moisturizing cream. It is important that it is designed for the face - normal moisturizers can be too oily and the addition of foundation on top of this will tend to be messy and easily slide off. Equally, if your complexion tends to be oily, this is the stage where mattifying lotions should be applied to the problem zones. Leave moisturizers for a minute to be absorbed by the skin, then get to work with your foundation while your skin is still soft and supple, as this will create a smooth and even finish.

Application

One of the easiest and quickest ways to give a basic coverage is to use a makeup sponge. This can either be used as it is, or first dipped in warm water then squeezed out until it is just damp. However, increasing numbers of people are opting to use their finger tips as this slightly warms up the foundation before it reaches your skin, enabling a smoother application.makeup brush set Professionals also use a variety of makeup brushes as these can cover large areas quickly, but also enable precision application in delicate and difficult areas such as around the eyes, nose and mouth. Unlike natural bristles, synthetic brushes will not absorb the foundation, which is good as it enables even application and stops too much build-up on the brush.

To keep your sponge and brushes in good condition, it is advisable to wash them on a regular basis in warm soapy water to prevent build-up. Ensure you rinse thoroughly before use.

Technique

Before you start applying your foundation, find a well-lit area with plenty of natural light, and set up a mirror. It may be useful to use a mirror that has a magnifying side to check that you haven't missed any areas, and that it is well blended.

If using a sponge for application, dot small amounts of foundation straight on to the skin, starting across the forehead, then on the cheeks and finally chin. If using your finger tips or a brush, then apply small amounts first to these, before transferring it to the skin. Use soft downward strokes working from the top half of your face, finishing at the jawline. Here, use light pressure to blend the color down the start of the neck, to avoid a mask-like appearance. Check areas such as the hairline and jaw line, as unblinded unsightly 'tidelines' may be left.

After an even coverage has been achieved, use fingertips to gently press over the makeup to help it sink in and stay put. Don't forget to re-check your face in even, natural light!
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