Some foundation tips from the professional MUA’s kitty
To give your foundation that extra glow, spray your brush or sponge with sprays like MAC Fix+ or Skindinåvia Makeup Finishing Spray before you apply your makeup. It will provide a smooth, sheer, dewy application that is sure to turn heads.
If you want to have a matte or satin finish, dust a little setting powder after you’re done applying your foundation. This step gives a mattish finish without drying the skin, especially when applied with a domed powder brush. Dust lightly and watch the shine fade away!
You can try a luminous powder which unlike old super-matte versions, doesn’t suck the healthy glow out of your face. New translucent powders that reflect the light help skin glow and take down shine.
Don’t underestimate the power of a setting spray like MAC Fix+ or Urban Decay ALL NIGHTER Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray. Though not strictly related to foundation only, it helps the foundation to stay settled. Specifically if you have used powder products, don’t miss the spray; it melts the powdery makeup to a nice silky smooth finish.
If can’t find none that match perfectly, opt for mixing 2 shades together, one shade lighter and one darker that your skin color.
It’s even better to have more than one shade of foundation – your skin shade’s changes every season even if you can’t notice at times.
Don’t do your makeup in artificial light, especially neon. It will make you look paler and you’ll be tempted to use a wrong amount or shade of foundation.
If you look in the mirror and actually see the foundation, it means it’s too much. Try to apply it in thin layers – pick up small amounts at once, blend well, wait some seconds to “dry” and if you need more coverage, repeat applying same thin layer.
If you have any acne or inflammation on the face, it’s important to be careful when applying make-up because being too heavy-handed can irritate the acne. Opt for light powder or mineral foundation only. Stay away from all shimmery finishes as they might visually accentuate the problem areas.
Be heavier with the color correcting concealers but make sure the formulae do not contain skin-irritating products.
If the texture of the foundation seems heavy for an occasion, you can add a little moisturizer to make the coverage lighter.
Want a luminous foundation but don’t want to invest on a full bottle?! Add a little highlighter powder or tint cream to get an enviable luminous finish. Just be careful not to go overboard with the highlighter.
Travel tip: Don’t have to carry the entire tube or bottle of foundation for short trips like an weekend getaway. Just pour a little amount in a small, light airtight container like a lens case (wow!) and keep your bag ready for more of other stuff!
Use the right amount: Foundation is meant to hide fine lines, not enhance them. Avoid creasing by applying a thin amount of product under the eye and around the mouth (where wrinkles are most prominent). Use a tissue to dab any excess product off. A thick plaster of foundation will make your skin look dry and cakey.
Want those, beach goddess legs and arms? Mix shimmery bronzer or shimmer powder with your regular foundation and apply in a thin layer over your arms and legs. You can set it with a thin layer of translucent powder. Make sure to blend it well and avoid leaving patches on the clothes you are wearing.
If you have any severe skin condition like cold sores, blisters stay away from makeup till the skin clears up a little. The makeup could make it worse, by irritating the sores, blocking pores and delaying the healing process. Don’t forget to consult a dermatologist.
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