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We all know how important foundation is to the way our makeup turns out, yet many women still get by with the cakey, mask-like layer that they’ve always been wearing. After a little shopping around, you’ll find a wide range of more lightweight foundations, which could soon have you totally converted. Here, we’ll list just a few tips for finding your perfect foundation and applying it like a pro makeup artist.
Find the Right Color
When you’re shopping around for foundation, test different samples on your jawline, and then check it by turning into the light. If it disappears in the light, or gets pretty close, without any blending, then you’ve found your perfect color. Obviously, doing this at your local drug store can be very hard. If you can’t afford to splash out on your foundation, try going to a department store and asking a beauty advisor to help you pick out the perfect color, and then ask for a sample you can take with you. Then, you can go straight to the drug store, and look for the closest match possible. Color counts for a lot when it comes to foundation, so start off by fine-tuning the one you’re using.
Swipe It On the Right Way
If you’re going for just a little coverage, then it’s best to apply your foundation with your fingertips. If you want wider coverage, then move onto a sponge. It can take a while to find a sponge that’s perfect for your preferences, so shop around for these as well. When it comes to day-to-day use, dab small amounts of foundation only where you need to cover blemishes, subdue redness, or even out the T-zone. Minq has a handy guide on covering blemishes. If you want that airbrushed finish, blend makeup all over, including the eye area, starting from the inside and working out.
Start Using Luminous Powder
A lot of women are turned off by the idea of luminous powder, but don’t worry! You don’t have to deal with the older matte versions, that will drain the radiance from your face. There are now many translucent powders on the market these days, such as this RCMA powder. These products will reflect the light, and give your skin a nice, subdued glow rather than a garish shine. When applying these, start with your hairline on one side, go down your cheekbone, up the bridge of your nose, back down the other cheek, and finish on the opposite hairline.
Leave Concealer Until Last
If you’re in the habit of applying concealer before foundation, then you’re probably using more than you need. The foundation helps to keep your concealer free of creases and imperfections. Try to go for a light concealer in a tone just a touch lighter than your skin. If you go too light, it will look fake. However, if you find concealer just a shade lighter than your perfect foundation tone, and use it sparingly, it will blend beautifully with the rest of your makeup.