Applying Foundation :- Foundation is the key to looking healthy and beautiful when you apply makeup. A bad foundation is going to leave you looking like you have a mask on rather than your skin, and a good foundation is going to look like your natural skin. So let’s talk more about how you can apply foundation like the professionals.
Adding Base If you want to get even skin quickly, you’re going to want to use a foundation stick. They’re easy to use and they give you precise application. Use the stick like it’s a giant marker and draw thick lines down your cheekbones, beside your nose, and above your brows. You can then use your fingers to blend the foundation in. If you want a slightly more sun kissed look, you can use a second stick that’s a shade darker in all the same places for a glow that’s streak free. Mix both the colors together.
Hiding Dark Circles The first step to hide dark circles is to put on a moisturizer that has SPF in it to help the concealer go on smoothly. You’ll want to use a concealer, like a stick one, only where you need it, such as under the eyes or on blemishes. Try a creamy formula that matches your skin tone, and never go for the shade lighter myth. It makes you look like you wore goggles while you were tanning. You want to use a concealer brush to apply small strips that are vertical underneath the eyes. Then use your ring finger and gently blend them in. Never tug on the under eye area as they are delicate and this can cause wrinkles. When you’re applying the under eye concealer, be sure not to look up as you’re doing it because this will hinder your ability to see the dark areas. Simply tilt your head down a bit and look straight at your eyes in the mirror. This lets you see where there are dark spots.
Reassess If you have a mark or a pimple that’s still poking through the foundation, use a bit of concealer on that spot to get rid of it. You want to use the same step you used in the first step, or you can use a cover-up that has salicylic acid in it. Just use a brush instead of from the tube on top of the blemish. You want to avoid looking cakey by using your finger to pat the perimeter until it’s smooth.
What type of foundation should I use? Your skin type is going to tell you what type of foundation you should be using on your skin. If you have dry skin, you want to use a liquid tick or a hydrating powder. Sticks and liquids have a moisturizing consistency that will blend in with your skin and give you more coverage than pressed powder. Look for something like compact makeup or foundation on the packaging. If you have acne-prone skin or oily skin, then you want to use an oil-free powder or liquid foundation. They have powders that will absorb the oil and give you a matte finish rather than cakey. Mineral makeup is the best type to use on oily skin because it will absorb the oil and dry it up. If you have acne, you want to use makeup that has salicylic acid in it because that will dry up your glands and prevent future breakouts.
Some have combination skin and have to use two different types of foundation on their face. Use the aforementioned type on the right type of skin and blend it in at the edges. If you’re new at applying foundation, you want to use a powder foundation because it is going to blend in with your skin the easiest and you don’t have to worry about looking like you have a mud mask on your face. The next easiest type is a cream foundation because it’s going to melt into your skin as if it’s a liquid, but it’s a solid and should be applied with a sponge.
My makeup comes off on people’s clothes. What should I do? After you put on your foundation, you want to use a velvet puff on your face by pressing it on gently. It’s going to absorb extra foundation and push it into the skin. You can also use a puff or a brush to apply some translucent powder, which is going to set your foundation.
What is a finish product and how do I figure out which type of foundation to use? A finish is a sheen or a lack of a sheen that the foundation leaves on your skin. There are three types of finishes when it comes to makeup: luminizing, semi-matte, and matte. A majority of the foundations out there are semi-matte because they are universal for any skin type. It’s the type that looks the most natural. Please note that if your makeup does not tell you what type it is, it’s most likely semi-matte.Matte finishes are going to absorb the oil and leave your skin with a powdery, even finish. You want to look for shine-free or pore-less if you want to have a matte finish. If your skin is mature or dry, you want to choose a matte formula that has moisturizers in it. If you have skin that is sallow, dry, or mature and lacks luster, you want to look for makeup that has a luminizing finish. It’s going to have finely ground mica or pearls in it to get rid of the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
What if my foundation is starting to sink into my wrinkles and fine lines, and makes me look like a mummy? If that’s the case, do not fill in those areas with makeup! You want to apply a very small amount of makeup on fine lines and marionette lines. Keep those areas very moisturized, and they will start to disappear.
I can’t seem to find the right shade of foundation or it looks fake, what should I do? You want to go to a department store for some help. The foundation is going to cost more than you would pay at a drugstore, but the initial investment is going to be worth it. You can use the purchase the department store employee convinces you to try to guide your trip to the drugstore the next time. Those who are women of color seem to have a problem with foundation more than others because it can leave an ashy finish. Look for makeup made specifically for your nationality so that you can find the right shade.
I look very powdery, like a sugared donut after applying makeup. What did I do wrong? Did you tap the brush to get rid of the extra particles? If not, you may want to try doing that in order to get rid of the extra foundation before you apply it.
My face is one color and my neck is another. What do I do about that?
You want to check your foundation color against your jawline and not your face! Your skin color is going to change with the seasons, especially in the summer. You’re going to need to change the shade of your foundation with the seasons, so be prepared to purchase a few different shades over a year.
What if I have a moisturizing foundation in the right color, but it still looks caked on? Perhaps you didn’t prepare your skin before you applied the foundation. Be sure that you slough off the dead skin cell exfoliate a few times a week, and use a moisturizer that has an SPF. A light lotion or gel primer is going to make the foundation go on more even and will make it last longer, so put that one and wait for it to absorb for fifteen minutes before you apply your foundation. If you use concealer, you want to apply it after the primer but before the foundation. In order to hide any hyperpigmentation or dark spots under the eyes, dot a little bit of concealer on those areas and blend it. Take a look and figure out how much foundation you’re going to need then. You will find that you most likely need less than you used to use.
I have a rosacea problem and I can’t seem to conceal it, what am I doing wrong? You want to look for a foundation that’s specifically for that or has a forty and twenty-five percent respective amount of pigment. You’ll also need one that’s water-resistant and lasts twelve to sixteen hours.
What should I use to apply my foundation? There are several ways to apply foundation: your fingers, sponges, and a brush. Each one of them has their pros and cons.
For the fingers, you want to apply only a cream or liquid foundation with them because the heat is going to help warm up the pigment and make it easier to blend. If you’re using a sponge, you’ll get a sheer look because it absorbs most of the foundation and takes down the intensity. You should only apply with a sponge on the days that you want minimal coverage because the sponge is going to absorb most of the foundation and use it up quickly. Lightly press the sponge to your skin using a blotting motion. Sweeping it will cause some streaking. If you prefer a dewier look, then dampen the sponge with some water and dip it into the foundation. When you’re using a brush, you’re going to deposit the pigment evenly. For a liquid foundation, you’ll want to choose a synthetic, tapered brush that has a tip about an inch and a half long. Tap the end of the brush in the foundation and then paint it on your forehead, across the cheekbones, down the nose, and on the chin. Use sweeping motions to blend the pigment until it’s no longer visible. For a powder foundation, you’ll want to use a fluffy, thick brush that will give you a seamless finish. Use a buffing, circular motion to add the foundation to your face, and begin at the center.
If I use a foundation brush, I have brushstrokes on my face. What can I do about that? First and foremost, if you have brush strokes, you’re using too much foundation. If this happens, use less next time and in the meantime, you can press your palm gently into the skin like you’re using a puff. The palm will absorb the extra and smooth it out.
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