Foundation is a perfect cosmetic to use on your face in order to create a blank canvas in preparation for any look you want. For some, using foundation is daunting simply because they are afraid of the dreaded mask-like appearance or there are just too many brands and formulas to choose from. As with any other type of cosmetic, foundation is not one-size-fits-all, so it’s important you determine which shade and formula works best for you. Here are a few easy ways you can get a flawless foundation application:
Choosing a Formula
There are four different foundation formulas to choose from, all of which cater to various skin needs. If you’re lucky enough to have normal skin, you can wear any type of foundation you choose. For ladies with dry skin, a creamy or liquid foundation goes on smooth and keeps the skin looking hydrated. If you have oily skin, cream to powder or oil-free foundations give you the coverage you need without adding any extra oil to the skin.
Check out the Coverage
The key to preventing a mask-like appearance is to use only what you need to cover up redness, discoloration or blemishes on the skin. You don’t want to just cover your skin with foundation, but simply enhance your natural beauty. If you want very light coverage, liquid foundations go on sheerest, while cream to powder foundations offer slightly more coverage. For heavier coverage, cream foundations are the way to go.
Choose the Right Shade
In order to keep makeup looking as natural as possible, it’s important to choose the shade that closely resembles your own skin tone. There are a few ways to ensure you get the right foundation shade:
* Test the foundation along your jawline, and blend it in. If it appears seamless with your skin, it’s most likely the right color. Many suggest applying test foundation to the back of the hand, but the two skin tones are usually not the exact same color.
* Opt for yellow-toned foundation if you have pink undertones. Yellow will neutralize the pink in your skin, giving your face a flawless appearance.
* If you have skin that falls between different shades, go for the darker formula. If you choose the lighter formula, it will appear too light on the skin, giving your face the masked appearance.
Start out using just enough to cover what you need, adding more coverage in areas that need it. There are different methods of application, including cosmetic sponges, foundation brushes and even fingertips. For an airbrushed look, moisten the cosmetic sponge with water, squeeze out excess water and then dab on foundation over the face and blend. Using your fingertips will also help with flawless application since the formula is slightly warmed up by the fingers before applying. For heavier coverage, a foundation brush allows you to precisely apply the foundation where it’s needed.
If you need extra coverage on certain areas like under the eye or to cover redness on the cheeks, pat the foundation on rather than rub. Rubbing will cause skin pulling and irritation to the delicate areas. Add as many layers as needed in the specific areas until you obtain your desired results.
Foundation is simple to use, and can offer you the results you’re looking for when you choose the right formulas and shades. It’s also important to remember to change your foundation shades throughout the year as needed. The skin during the summer is usually darker from sun exposure, so using a winter foundation won’t match and vice versa. Always remember to use foundation to enhance your beauty– not cover it up!