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Foundation rules
May 15, 2017, 5:36 pm

If there is one step in your makeup routine that you really don’t want to mess up, it is laying down your foundation. One wrong move and you have to wipe the slate clean and start all over again. To ensure your foundation is right on point every single time, follow these rules of application.

Start with a smooth canvas: If your skin is flaking, peeling or oily, you can’t expect your foundation to go on smoothly. Exfoliating once or twice a week will help slough away any dry patches, dead skin cells and excess oil to ensure your foundation goes on just right.

Hydrate your skin: It’s all in the skin preparation. No matter your skin type, moisturizing before applying makeup is the key to an even looking application. Skip this step and your foundation could cake up in certain areas. For an extra dewy- and supple-looking complexion, spritz your skin with a face mist after applying your daily moisturizer.

Wait for your moisturizer to dry: This is huge. If you apply liquid or powder foundation before your moisturizer has completely absorbed, you run the risk of streaky, splotchy makeup (ranging from your foundation to your blush and bronzer) and no one wants that.

Don’t forget primer: Have you noticed how amazing your foundation looks in the morning, only to find that, hours later, it has basically evaporated? That is probably because you skipped out on primer. If you want a flawless-looking application that can actually outlast your busy work schedule, incorporating this step into your routine is crucial.

Find the right formula for your skin type: There is a good reason why foundations come in liquid, gel, powder and cream form. Each one serves a different purpose. You don’t want to layer on a pressed powder if your skin is ultra dry, the same way you wouldn’t want to use a heavy cream on an oily skin type. To help narrow down your search, you should find the right formula for your skin.

Find the right shade for your skin tone: Use the wrong shade, and everyone can tell from the shoddy work.  Don’t make this amateur mistake. Next time you go foundation shopping, bring a friend or have your skin tone matched at the makeup counter.

Use the right tools for application: Applying foundation isn’t just a matter of blending it all in with your fingers. Different foundation formulas respond better to some application techniques than others. To find the right tool, take a look at a foundation application guide.

Apply your color corrector: If you’re trying to cover up a pimple or under-eye circles, concealer alone may not do the trick. After your foundation application — but before concealer — dab on the appropriate color corrector to neutralize any dark spots or redness.

Foundation first, then concealer: This one can be confusing, and while different techniques work better for some, your concealer is supposed to be applied after your foundation to make sure it doesn’t budge or get too blended out. 

Set it: Just like a primer is designed to hold onto your foundation, a setting powder seals it all in. Once you have applied foundation and concealer, give your face a light swipe using a translucent for flawless and budge-free makeup.




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