Foundation Application Tips That Might Actually Change Your Life
'Cos it’s all about that base, 'bout that base...
Just like a good breakfast sets you up for the day, a good foundation base sets you up for a flawless face of makeup.
Here’s some top tips for that perfect coverage...
Don’t Blot Believin’
Never underestimate the power of blotting. Use blotting papers (or a clean tissue if you’re not that fancy) before AND after you apply foundation - it’ll remove excess oil and help stop your foundation turning orange throughout the day.
Sink Or Swim
You know how your gran says that patience is a virtue? Well, she’s right. Wait five mins after applying your moisturiser before you start on your foundation - it needs time to sink into your skin, and will result in much better coverage.
Everything’s Gonna Be Prime
There’s a reason why all beauty bloggers and makeup artists use a primer before applying foundation - and that’s because it really does make a difference to coverage and longevity. Choose the right primer for your skin type though - what works for dry skin is not the best option for oily, and vice versa.
Pick Your Tools Wisely
All brushes were not created equal, and you’d be surprised by how different foundation can look depending on which tool you opt for. Use a flat brush for heavier coverage, a fluffier brush for a lighter look, and a damp beauty blender for all those sheer vibes.
Your Neck, Your Back…
Sorry about that slightly questionable subheading. The point here is that foundation isn’t just for your face, and you shouldn’t just stop application at your jawline. Blend that product down into your neck, collarbone, and ears to avoid the dreaded tidemarks.
It’s Getting Warm In Here
For more natural coverage, warm your foundation up slightly by pumping a small amount onto the back of your hand, then using a brush or sponge to apply as normal. It’ll thin the product out a bit, to stop it looking thick or cakey.
Just been whacking your foundation on any which way? That’s fine, you do you - but as the centre of your face generally needs the most coverage, it’s best to start there, then blend out towards your jaw and hairline. It’ll keep the edges natural and stop your makeup looking like a mask. Unless that’s the look you’re going for, of course.
We’re Going Down, We’re Going Timber
Even the direction you apply your foundation can affect how it looks. Try to use DOWNWARD strokes with your brush, sponge, or fingers - this stops the product from filling your pores (making them more obvious), and smooths down any fuzzy facial hair, rather than making it all stick up like a cute little baby bird. Which is actually really cool, so y’know - you decide.
USE Your Fingies
Using a brush to apply your foundation can leave it feeling like it’s sitting on top of your skin. Make it last longer by gently pressing and buffing the product into your face with your fingers afterwards.
Women, Children, and Foundation First
Apply your concealer AFTER you’ve done your base (aka primer and foundation). This will stop you using more than you need, and prevent the concealer from creasing. Pick a colour just one shade lighter than your skin to avoid dem big white circles.
Game, SET, Match
Just like primer is important, so is the finishing touch - setting your foundation. Use a translucent powder or setting spray to keep that base in place all day long.
- Words by Lizzie Cox.
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