Flawless foundation is so much easier to achieve than you may think. With a few tips and a little bit of experimenting, you’ll master the art of perfect foundation in no time! Here are a few steps and tips you can take to improve the appearance and longevity of your foundation.
Don’t start without doing this first
The most important step to achieving flawless foundation is knowing your skin type, first. Determine whether you have normal, oily or combination skin. Knowing your skin type will allow you to determine which foundation routine will work best for your needs. Secondly, determine if you plan to wear your foundation for only a short period of time or all day. If you plan to wear your foundation all day, make sure you find products that are intended to look good and wear for long periods of time! It will require much less maintenance and touchups throughout the day.
Related: What’s Your Skin Type?
Choosing the right products
Once you have an understanding of what your skin type is, it’s time to play and experiment. You should first start by researching products that work well for skin types like your own by doing some online research, watching YouTube videos, and even asking friends for their experiences. Once you have done enough research on what kinds of products you think might work best for you, check your makeup stash to see if you already own some of the products. If not, try to go and test the products in store (if allowed). Not only is it important to select a foundation that best suits your needs, it’s also important to select a foundation shade that compliments the undertone of your skin. This will be helpful when you are choosing a foundation shade.
Related: Quiz: What Is Your Skin’s Undertone?
Prepping the skin for a flawless foundation application
Prepping the skin so much more crucial than actually applying the foundation itself. You always want to start with a clean face that has been gently exfoliated so that any rough or dry skin has been buffed away. Follow this step by priming your skin with a primer that addresses your skins needs. For example, someone who has oily skin may benefit from a primer that provides a matte finish while someone with dry skin may benefit from a primer that provides hydration.
Priming products can be anything that you apply to your skin before applying your foundation. Ideally, a primer should prepare the skin for foundation in a way to contributes the overall wearability and staying power of the foundation.
After smoothing a primer over your skin, allow the primer to sit for several minutes so that the skin may fully absorb the product. You can also choose to prime your eye area to prevent product from creasing in that area. For those with uneven skin tone you can use a corrector in the areas that you need it after applying your primer to help your foundation application look more flawless.
I personally like to use a little bit of Urban Decay Primer Potion under my eyes to prevent my foundation and concealer from creasing. It works all the time, every time!
Using the right tools
This step is not talked about much in the beauty community, but selecting the right tools to apply a flawless foundation application is crucial. Some products work well with a sponge, others with a brush, and others with your fingertips. It’s really important to play around with your foundation products using different tools to get a feel for what combination will work the best. I almost always use a sponge to apply my foundation, but sometimes a duo-fibre foundation brush gets the job done much more flawlessly for certain foundations.
Dampen your makeup sponge with water or a few spritzes of a makeup setting spray for a more even application, while preventing the sponge from wastefully absorbing the product.
Make sure all of your tools are sanitized. I like to use those triangle shaped cosmetic sponges because I like that I can always start with a clean sponge every time. Since doing this, my skin has been much more clear and free of breakouts versus when I was using a beauty blender I cleaned every week.
Work in layers
Starting with a huge glob of product can cause streakiness and excess product waste. Always start with a little bit of product and keep adding as you go. Keep your foundation concentrated in the areas you need it the most.
Always apply liquid products before using any powders. Using a liquid over a powder can create texture on the surface of the skin causing the skin to lose the appearance of it’s smoothness.
Since most redness in the skin occurs in the T-zone area, you may want to start applying your foundation to the center of your face and working outwards. This also goes for concealer products. Celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic has mentioned in several interviews that this is part of his technique and, well, every face this man touches turns into an even better work of makeup art.
Setting your foundation
After applying all of your liquid products, you want to make sure you “set” the products on your face by applying a powder over the product. A popular way of doing this is “baking”. I love baking my concealer and areas where I highlighted using a liquid product. I normally take an unused edge of my damp sponge, dip it into my setting powder, and “stamp” it onto the areas that need the most setting such as under the eyes, and the T-zone. After the powder has been sitting on my face for several minutes, I take a fluffy powder brush and lightly dust the excess powder around my face to set the remaining areas. If I bronzed or contoured my face using a liquid/cream product, I will set those areas using a buildable bronzing powder.
Adding realistic dimension and color
I am 99.9% sure that your face is not made up of one color. Therefore, you don’t want to leave your face looking dull and flat by covering it in a foundation and calling it a day. It just won’t look realistic and unappealing. After applying your foundation and concealer, you can add a some dimension by bronzing, blushing, and highlighting. Add a little warmth and structure to your face by bronzing the perimeters of your face, and using a cool-toned product a few shades darker than your skin in the hollows of your cheeks. Also, when applying your concealer, blend it into your check area and down the sides of your nose to achieve a brighter face. Don’t forget to add a touch of blush to your liking and your favorite highlighter to the high points of your face for an irresistible looking glow from within.
Misting your face with a setting spray
The final step in achieving a flawless foundation application is setting the products using a setting spray that will improve the wearability of your makeup and longevity. A few mists of a makeup setting spray after completing your entire look (including your eyes, brows, etc.) removes the look of any powders visible on the surface on your skin and will also help your makeup last all day long. There are so many makeup sprays out there to choose from that offer different benefits and effects. I like a makeup setting spray that leaves a somewhat matte finish when my skin is on the oily side, like The Makeup Oil Control Finishing Spray by Skindinavia, and a dewy setting spray like this NYX Cosmetics Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray when my skin is dry or when I want an extra glow.
Don’t forget to do this throughout the day
A flawless foundation look needs to be even looking as possible so try to prevent any touching of your face. The more you touch and pick at your face, the more your foundation rubs off, causing an uneven and patchy look. Since oils in the skin are always being produced, you might have some oiliness in your T-zone area. To remove shine, use a napkin or blotting paper to blot the oil away, followed by a very light dusting of translucent powder where needed for an even more bullet proof touch up.
You’re all set to go!
These basic but often forgotten about tips should help you seen an improvement in the longevity and wearability of your foundation. Flawless foundation is more than just selecting the right color and concealer formula! It’s all about the prepping and finishing of the application as well.