Whether you’re going for a sheer, dewy look or you want to go full glam, here are 7 foundation tips to help you avoid cakey, streaky foundation, and ever-so-effortlessly help you achieve natural and flawless looking skin.
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Have a great skincare routine
This is truly one of the most over looked, and possibly one of the most important, foundation tips that can make a world of difference in how your makeup looks.
Having a great skincare routine is obviously important because you want to make sure you’re taking good care of your skin. But did you also know that taking better care of your skin can result in better foundation and overall makeup application? Well, it can!
Cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing your skin routinely helps create a flawless canvas for your makeup and can even help it stay on longer, with less need to touch-up.
Understand the different types
Believe it or not, there are different types of foundation, and it’s a good idea to understand what they’re best used for and which ones work best for you, your skin, and your preferences.
The two most popular types of foundation are liquid and powder. (There are a few other, more specific, types of foundation but for now, we’re stickin with the basics).
Liquid is the standard, and the most used, type of foundation. It’s usually in a bottle and can be found with or without a pump. It can provide sheer, medium or full coverage, with many being buildable to achieve your desired look. Liquid foundations work for most everyone, mainly because there are so many different finishes and it’s easy to work with.
Powder foundations are a great alternative to liquid foundations. They are not, however, more lightweight than liquid foundations. They still provide full coverage and have the lasting benefits that most liquid foundations have.
Looking for a great powder foundation? The L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Powder Foundation is amazing!
If what you’re looking for is a more lightweight and sheer finish, you may want to try out a mineral foundation. The best being the Bare Minerals Original Foundation.
Know about the different finishes
Matte foundations help to absorb excess oil and leave skin with a more smooth, velvety finish. Matte foundations can be used by anyone, but are best for those with oily skin.
Dewy foundations leave skin with a wet and moisturized look. Once again, can be used by anyone, but work best with those who have dry skin.
No matter what your skin type is, it’s up to you to decide which finish you prefer.
Choosing the right shade
Seemingly obvious, but still something people often seem to have trouble with. Using the wrong shade of foundation can totally throw off your whole look, so this is probably one of the most important foundation tips.
When it comes to choosing the right shade of foundation first figure out what your undertones are. Your undertones can either be cool, neutral, or warm. Skin with a cool undertone has hints of pink or blue, skin with a warm undertone appears to be more yellow, and neutral falls in the middle of the two.
Shade match in natural light whenever possible and always check that the shade matches by testing it on your chest or jawline, not on your wrist, hands, or neck. (This is because your hands and wrists aren’t the same shade as your face, and your neck is paler than the rest of your body because it’s usually covered by the shadow of your head).
Foundation shades also tend to oxidize or warm up on your skin. If you’re stuck between two shades, choose the lighter, it’ll most likely be the better match. It’s also something to keep in mind when shopping for the perfect foundation in general.
Make sure you’re using the right tools
The right brushes, sponges, and tools can guarantee your makeup looks as natural and flawless as possible.
And when it comes to applying your foundation, make sure you’re using the right ones. Use a flat top foundation brush or a beauty sponge to apply liquid foundation. When it comes to powder based foundations, opt for a fluffier brush instead. The right tools can literally be the make it or break it when it comes to foundation application.
Oh, and don’t ever use your fingers! Not only will your foundation look streaky, your fingers could also have germs on them, and you don’t want that all over your face.
Prep the skin
Make sure you cleanse and moisturize before you apply foundation. Just simply wash your face and throw on your favorite moisturizer, oh, and don’t forget to prime!
Primer helps smooth your skin, even out your skin tone, and can even help make your makeup last longer. You can also achieve specific looks, (think matte, dewy, etc), by using different primers. One of my all time faves is the Benefit POREfessional Primer.
Prepping your skin before applying foundation ensures you have the perfect base for the perfect face!
Applying your foundation correctly
To think you can follow all of the foundation tips listed above and yet still, your foundation may not look as flawless as you had hoped. That’s why the way you apply your foundation is so important!
First, make sure you’re doing your makeup in natural light if possible. If not, try using white LED lights, and totally avoid darker rooms or rooms with yellow light. (It’s harder to get a good idea of what your makeup will look like in natural light when you do it in harsher light).
Once you’ve prepped your skin, and you’re ready to apply your foundation, only use a little bit of product. Less is sometimes more, but also you can always go back in a build it up if it’s not enough coverage for you.
Use a light hand with your foundation brush or beauty sponge and just dab your foundation on, don’t rub it in. This helps to prevent streaks, and gives your skin a much more natural finish.
And don’t forget to use a setting powder when you’re done applying your foundation! This helps keep your foundation in place, provides a little extra coverage, and can help give a more flawless appearance.
Check out my review of the Coty Airspun Loose Finishing Powder.
Bonus Tip: to really ensure your makeup lasts all day and stays in place, try finishing your look off with a setting spray like the WetnWild PhotoFocus Setting Spray.
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