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Get an even complexion
June 22, 2014, 3:16 pm

It’s constantly coveted but eternally elusive– an even skin tone. While a thorough skincare regiment is the real key to combating your complexion woes, you can use makeup to cover up an uneven skin tone in a snap. Take a gander at some expert tips on how to get an even complexion.

Choose the right foundation shade: If your skin tone is uneven, choose your foundation shade wisely and vary the application on different parts of your face. Study your face to see where you need foundation the most. If your forehead is substantially darker than the rest of your face, get a foundation colour between the darkest and the lightest and it will even it out. Or you can use the same colour foundation as the lightest part, just don´t apply as much on the darker areas because it will look ashy.

Firstly, you must pick the foundation that is suitable for your skin. If acne is a major skin concern for you, a medium to full coverage foundation is best to cover textured skin. When applying your foundation use a clean brush or a clean sponge every application applying the product in a stippling motion.

If you have aging skin; heavy product can settle into fine lines and wrinkles so opt for a light coverage liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer for younger-looking, luminous skin.

To quench your dry skin throughout the day, you may choose a light coverage, hydrating foundation. When applying your product, use your fingers and press the product into the skin for longer-lasting coverage.

To ditch the shine of oily skin, go for a medium to full coverage foundation. When applying your product use a sponge or brush because using your fingers can transfer the oil from your hands to your face.

If you’re one of the lucky ones with normal skin, the level of coverage is really up to your personal preference. Test out matte and luminous options to decide which texture you like best.

Consider undertones:  Because blemishes and under eye circles have different undertones—red versus blue—you may have to cover them differently. Apply a warm undertone concealer on top of the foundation for under-eye circles and one with a cool tone for blemishes. Finish with a setting powder.

Employ the colour wheel: If you’re battling redness all over, the best solution is to get a green base primer. This would help cancel out the redness in the skin, then you can apply your foundation.  If your redness is only in certain spots, try a colour correcting concealer instead.

Choosing the right color correcting concealer for you comes down to two things: color and consistency. Make sure you are getting the right consistency and hue for what you are looking to mask. If you have an extreme case of discoloration, you’ll need a heavier product with a more intense hue. To even out mild to moderate discoloration you’ll want a sheerer formula in a softer hue. When confused about what color to get, refer to the color wheel. Complementary colors, or opposites on the color wheel, cancel each other out.

Keep it smooth: Exfoliate and hydrate the skin. Whether it’s powder, liquid or cream—if your skin is not smooth, then any foundation you use will look cakey.

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