Foundation seems simple enough. Apply your base, and move on. But there’s a reason they call it foundationâ€”it has the power to bring your entire makeup look together with a flawless, strong base. It may not be the most exciting step, but it deserves your attention.
Test Out Three Shades on Your Jawbone
Finding your perfect foundation shade can be a serious game of trial and error. Too light, too dark, too pink, too orange. The search can make you feel like Goldilocks until you find one that’s just right. Littman recommends trying three foundations in different shades along your jawbone, which is a better color match to your face than the back of your hand. Pick the best match of the three, then try that shade, the one above it, and the one below it on your jawline. More likely than not, one will be next to invisible on your skin.
Use Two Different Shades
Depending on how much time you spend in the sun, your face may actually be different shades. Your forehead, where you get more sun, may be a different shade than different parts of your skin that don’t get as much sun, like your jaw. In that case, you may need to use two different colors to keep your skin looking naturalâ€”one darker for where the light hits you most, and one a shade lighter for the rest of your face.
Know Your Skin Type and Corresponding Foundation Formula
Your skin type and foundation formula go hand-in-hand. To take the guesswork out of choosing a formula, take a look at your face wash. Using products for dry skin? Your go-to is a liquid foundation with an emollient, moisturizing base like shea butter. For normal, you can experiment with your choices, but liquid looks most natural and beautiful on the skin. For oily and combination, try powder foundations or cream-to-powder formulations to keep oiliness at bay.
Use a Domed Brush
Not every area of our face needs the same amount of coverage. Everyone’s problem areas are different and need to be treated as such. Use the brush to get the perfect level of coverage in every area of the face.
Try A Stippling Technique
Working with liquids or creams? Try applying it with a stippling techniqueâ€”or in not-so-technical terms, applying foundation in light, bouncing motions with a brush made for stippling. The technique will make your foundation looks like second skin.
Always Swipe Downward
Contrary to what skin-care experts may tell you, upward sweeping motions are not always best for your skin. When applying foundation, Littman says to always brush in downward strokes. If you go upward on the face, it will fill in your pores and make them stand out. This is a simple tip: If you’re applying foundation in strokes, always stroke down.
Start in the Middle
Typically, you get the most redness in your T-zone area. Which means that’s where you need the highest coverage. By applying the majority of your foundation on your nose, the center of your forehead and chin, and on the apples of your cheeksâ€”and working outward from thereâ€”you five the areas that really need it the most coverage.
Only Powder Your T-Zone
Getting the dreaded “cake face” is a foundation nightmare. Typically, you want your foundation to look like you’re wearing nothing at all. Powder is a great way to set your foundation and keep your face looking matte, but too much of it can lead to visual overkill. Many make-up artists recommend powdering just along your T-zone, which is where you get most oily and your foundation is most likely to run. MYNEWSHUB