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Creating a Great Foundation with Your Foundation

Aug 17, 2007
Many people consider foundation just another element of makeup and nothing more. They consider foundation the reason your pores become clogged, your face becomes dry or oily, and in general, foundation just adds another unnecessary layer of gunk to your face.

However, this is not true. Admittedly, if you choose the wrong foundation, perhaps a foundation meant for oily skin and you have dry skin, then yes, you do have the potential to dry your skin out even further.

This is why you must choose the right foundation for your skin type and apply it in the correct manner. Doing so transforms your foundation from a layer of makeup to a layer of protection.

Similar to lip balm on a harsh winter day, the right foundation can act as a protective coating to help save your skin from the tough elements you face in your daily life. Sun, wind, cold weather, and other environmental components can damage your skin, but a good foundation can easily aid in preventing such damage.

If you are searching for a new shade of foundation, understand that the color you see inside the bottle or tube of foundation is not always the color you will see on your face. This is why you should test foundations and blend them into your skin so you can see how they actually look.

Always try the foundation on your face, not your hands or wrists. This is because your face is a different shade than the skin on your hands and wrists. After you apply a small amount to your face, be sure to wait a few minutes in order to give the foundation a chance to dry and adjust to your skin.

You will know you have chosen the best foundation when you find that the shade virtually disappears on your face.

If you still find you are stuck on foundation shades, your best option is to choose the slightly darker shade that contains yellow undertones.

Choosing a foundation with a little yellow will likely help even out your facial complexion. This is because yellow based foundations work well on just about everyone. The yellow minimizes any red you may have in your skin, which may be a result of tanning, aging, or broken capillaries.

If you have dry skin, go for a lighter effect with your foundation, otherwise you can accentuate the dryness of your skin.

Before you apply your foundation, you should always apply a moisturizer first. A good, lightweight moisturizer can help lock in moisture and allow for a smoother application of the foundation.

Use a cosmetic sponge to apply your foundation. This will give you a smoother look and is how professional makeup artists obtain their best results.

When you apply your foundation, start in the center of your cheeks and your forehead. From these places you can blend outward with the soft hairs of your face and get a smoother look and even coverage.

If you find that you need more coverage, you can wait for your first application to dry and then apply another layer. Keep your foundation with you if you find you need to reapply during the day.

A great way to set your foundation and achieve a polished look is to apply loose powder with a soft brush. This is also a technique professional makeup artists use.

Once you have chosen the right foundation shade, you may find that you want a little extra color to your face. You can easily achieve this by gently brushing on some cheek color such as a pink or berry hue. Make your choices depending upon your skin tone. The right color can help brighten your face and give you a fresh look.

Always keep in mind that your skin tone will change with the seasons, so be sure to adjust your foundation to the seasons as well. For example, some people tend to be darker in the summer and become lighter in the winter.

By following these tips you should have a solid foundation in no time, one that you and the skin on your face will agree looks great and feels great!
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