Our foundation tricks for getting a photo-ready face
Foundations are a must-have in every vanity kit or makeup bag. And why not? They help you to hide acne, blemishes, redness, scars, and whatnot. They are your own magic skin-colored pigments that can give you the much-needed confidence. Let us also not forget the contouring we can do with them now helping us manipulate our faces like we want to!
But, there is just one condition attached to this: Proper application.
Foundations are a lot more complicated than they look. They are available in a variety of formulas and finishes that can leave you feeling lost. Furthermore, there are a couple of subtleties that you must know to nail that flawless, natural, and glowy finish that we all crave. Here are some of the best foundation makeup tips to get you a photo finish every time .
A Smoother Canvas Can Make The Biggest Difference
Whenever you apply foundation, be it on your face, hands or neck, try to gently exfoliate the area first. A good scrub can help you get rid of dry, flaky skin and excess oil. It will give you a smoother texture by removing dead skin cells. Clean, well-maintained skin will help the foundation to apply and absorb seamlessly into your skin.
Don’t Forget to Prep and Then Prep Some More
Prepping is one step that many of us tend to ignore. They automatically assume that since the foundation contains natural oils, it’ll be enough for the skin. Well, it is not.
After cleansing, you need to moisturize your skin. Use a good quality, branded moisturizer for this purpose. After massaging in the cream, let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Do not apply the foundation immediately after using the moisturizer.
Invest in a Primer According to Your Skin Type
Makeup primer can help your foundation last longer. In addition to that, you can find a primer formula specially personalized as per your needs. There are primers available for oily skin, dry skin and even for a dewy finish. Think of it as a filler that can make your skin even smoother giving you a perfect base for your foundation.
Don’t Rush When You’re Buying Your Foundation
It is not necessary for a particular foundation to suit you just because it looks amazing on your friend. Foundation will require both, time and effort on your part.
You have to consider your skin undertone and your general complexion. This can be brown, beige, pink or white. It is better to swatch different foundation shades to find the one which suits you perfectly. You can even custom-make your shade by mixing different foundation shades.
The next thing for you to consider is the formula of the foundation. Your skin type plays a very important role when you're buying a foundation. For example, if you have oily skin try to opt for water-based foundations with lighter coverage. Or, if you have acne, try for the full coverage option. Always remember, you can take all the time you want when it comes to foundation, just never rush your purchase.
Swap the ‘Swipe’ for the ‘Dab’
Whether you’re using a beauty blender, sponge or a makeup brush, always use the ‘dab’ method for your foundation over your face. Never swipe or smudge the foundation. This will help you save the product and make it last longer. I would personally recommend using a beauty blender when you apply the foundation as it makes blending really easy.
Also, you have to blend the foundation. A lot. The key to having a natural-looking finish is to ensure that there are no harsh lines when you apply the product. To conclude, blend your foundation by dabbing it in.
Psst: Don’t forget to wet your sponges or beauty blenders before you apply the product. This will give you a more natural finish.
Seal the Deal by Setting Your Foundation
After you have applied and fine-tuned your foundation, it is time for you to set it. You can use face powders or translucent powder for this purpose. Just dip your powder brush in the product and gently move it over the high points of your face like the cheeks, chin, forehead, and nose. Also, don’t forget to dust off excess powder on your brush before you do so. Think of this as a way to lock in your foundation without making it look dull.