We all want flawless looking skin, but there’s a conception that all women can’t have it. Today’s the day you scrap that thought, so long as you want flawless skin you’ll have it. There are however a few steps you need to follow before you accomplish that radiant glow and perfectly clear looking skin. There are thousands of foundations in the market but not all are the perfect fit for skin type, there are several ways to determine your skin type and undertone, the moment you do this the better. To determine your undertone experts recommend using the vein method, relax it’s not as scary as it sounds. All you have to do is look at the vein on your wrist, if it appears blue or purple then you have cool undertones, and if it appears a more greenish yellow you have warm undertones. But WAIT!!! What happens if your veins are neither of these colors instead they appear to be a mix of blue, green, yellow and a slight purple, if this seems to be the case it means you have neutral undertones.
Once you’ve found your undertone you can move onto the next very important step, trying out the actual shades. Always try a lighter and darker tone, apply and blend if it looks to light add a little of the darker tone, most celebrities do this no wonder they always get a flawless finish. Always start of by applying the lighter shade all over your face except for the cheeks and neck then once you’ve applied and blended the light shade, add the darker one on your cheeks and neck. You will immediately notice how well it blends and the finish will be perfect, no one pops into a make-up store any longer only to walk out with a single bottle of foundation, it’s always been a secret to pop out with two bottles, but now you know the key to getting your perfect shade.
Here are a few things you should consider when choosing a foundation type:
- Know your skin type, do you have oily, dry or normal skin?
- A liquid foundation is generally for those who have the dry skin type, a liquid foundation will ensure your skin gets enough moisture whilst it looks flawless.
- A mousse foundation is made for those with oily skin, it prevents massive oil breakouts and keeps your skin looking matte all day.
- If you have the normal skin type then the choice is yours, either a mousse foundation of liquid foundation would do, it all depends on what your skin feels most comfortable wearing.
- Never try your foundation on your wrist or any other part of your body other than your face, generally the tone of your face might be different to that of your hands. So for accurate results it’s best to test the foundation on your face.
Now that you’ve determined your undertone, foundation shades, and skin type it’s time to apply the actual product, but obviously with foundation application come concealer application. There are various types of concealers on the market, each company making a variety of colors, here’s the purpose of those sometimes strange concealer shades:
- PEACH: this is used to neutralize blue or purple shadows on medium skin tones.
- ORANGE-PINK: this is the amazing color used to cover up dark spots on dark skin tones, anything from acne marks to chicken pock marks or even childhood scars.
- YELLOW: covers up dark shadows mainly purple on tan and olive skin types.
- GREEN: this is perfect for eliminating unwanted redness that appears on our face.
- LAVENDER: perfect for cancelling yellow tones.
Generally, we tend to buy only one concealer, but it’s vital that every woman has all the available shades just in case of an emergency.
So now that you’ve determined your undertone, foundation shades, skin type and the different concealer shades its time to apply the actual thing.
STEP 1: Before you start anything you have to apply a moisturizer; this is vital whether you have dry or oily skin. Foundation is a thick substance and it can sometimes be difficult to blend. Using a moisturizer isn’t only good for your skin, it also allows you to blend your foundation more easily.
How to apply moisturizer:
- Using a good amount of moisturizer start from your nose and move onto your cheeks, remember not to neglect your jaw line and fore head. Always wait until your moisturizer has dried before you apply foundation.
STEP 2: Now that your skins all moisturized you can begin with the main part, foundation application.
LIQUID FOUNDATION: if you’re using a liquid foundation the best tool to blend and spread with would be a foundation brush.
- Using a sponge or your fingertips apply the foundation in dots all over your face, be sure to add a few dots near the hair line.
- Using a foundation brush start by spreading and slowly blending into the skin. Be sure to join the dots as you go. This method will ensure your skin looks even and flawless.
- Always blend the foundation well on your fore head, it’s extremely important to cover the hair line, no one should be able to see where your foundation on your skin starts from, in other words it shouldn’t look like a mask that can be easily ripped out.
- Once you’re done blending stand in natural light to check if your skin looks even and natural. There should be no visible strokes and blending lines.
MATTE FOUNDATIONS: the best way to apply matte/cream foundation and power foundations would be with a foam make-up sponge.
- Start by applying the foundation with a foam sponge and gently blend with a foundation brush. You might have to spend double the amount of time blending a matte/cream foundation than a liquid foundation, this is because of its generally thick consistency.
- It’s also vital to observe if there are any blend or circular marks on your face under natural light.
STEP 3: Applying concealer, this is very important when it comes to hiding dark spots, acne scars or under eye circles. Using the correct shade of concealer for the correct mark is also extremely important.
- Using either a stick, wand or tube concealer gently dab a little on the dark area or where the skin blemish appears.
- Allow the concealer to dry completely, then blend carefully.
- Add a second layer of concealer for the most effective results.
STEP 4: apply blush, you might think it’s strange to apply blush before powder because it’s not what you saw your mother do when you were a little girl, but according to make-up artists blush before powder is the way to go.
- Like foundations blush comes in various mediums either powder, gel or cream. However unlike foundation the method of applying blush is the same throughout all mediums.
- All you have to do is look into the mirror and smile naturally.
- Apply blush lightly on the round area of your cheek also known as the ‘‘Apples of our cheeks’’. Then to add more definition to your face apply blush in upward strokes across your cheek bones.
STEP 5: the finally step is to apply powder, this is one of the most easiest make-up mediums a person could apply. But it serves a very important purpose, powder keeps your skin from looking like an oily mess, it prevents your foundation from looking like a thick oily mess, and it covers up the areas of your skin that have concealer, all in all it makes you look fresh.
- Dip a large make-up brush into loose powder, to remove the access slightly tap the brush along the side of the powder container or gently blow away from your face.
- Using long soft strokes sweep the face especially the area where you applied concealer.
- Be sure to add extra powder on the areas that normally shine.
Once you’ve done these five steps you’re all good to go, all that’s left is to apply eyeshadow and a little lipstick and you’ll be ready to rock.
- If you always have tried eyes and you’ve had enough sleep but your eyes simply refuse to acknowledge it then there’s a solution. The red factor is what causes tried eyes, but by simply applying foundation over your eyelids the redness will disappear and your eyes will look awake again.
- WAIT!!! what happens if you need concealer but you’re all out, well so long as you have foundation you will be fine all you have to do is dab a little on the dark area, wait for it to dry and blend as you would with a concealer. Do this a couple of times (two would be enough) until you get the coverage you’re looking for.
- If you don’t have a separate contouring palette all you need is a darker and lighter shade of your regular foundation. use the dark foundation to create depth and the lighter one to highlight your cheekbones and the center of your face.
JUST ONE MORE THING:
There’s been this conception that BB creams are the same as a regular foundation, however this conception isn’t true, the BB stands for blemish balms and is regarded as more of a skincare product than actual make-up. BB cream is merely a tinted moisturizer that’s great for those who have even skin tones. BB creams are great for days when you don’t feel like looking to made up and you just want a naturally cool look. Some make-up artists use BB creams as the base instead of regular foundation as they feel it gives a more even look to the skin making the job of foundation and concealer an easy one. When come to which product is the better pick most woman choose BB creams, this is because the working women of today don’t have all day to stand before a mirror making sure they won’t have an oil breakdown as the day progresses, and besides applying a BB cream is much easier then applying foundation, there’s no reason for fancy brushes or sponges just your fingertips.
Thanks for reading loves, I hope you all enjoy reading these posts as much as I enjoy writing them. Please do comment below if you’ve tried anything or if you simply have some suggestions about a future topic.