So you finally bought the perfect foundation for yourself. And it must have cost you quite a lot of money. Now, you can probably get that perfect, flawless, almost airbrushed skin that you see in magazines and on TV. But then you try out the foundation and it ends up looking cakey in a few hours. You probably feel betrayed, and feel like you spent all that money for no reason.
Not to worry. There is a right and a wrong way to use foundation. It is not as simple as buying the right finish and shade for your skin type. That's just the first step. You cannot slap on foundation and just expect it all to look flawless without any effort. You want the foundation to not look fake and look like it naturally blends into your skin.
Most of the times, people just put on foundation without following the right technique, and then obviously, the foundation melts, or gets cakey and even gets oxidised. So for makeup that looks like skin, keep reading and following these tips! It is very important to follow the order of products being used.
Having a clean face devoid of all old makeup, oils and moisturisers is a must. Use a gentle cleanser to wash your face and wait for the water to completely dry off the face after wiping, before moving on to the next step.
Serums regulate the amount of oil produced by the skin on the face. Apply a pea-sized amount of serum all over your face and wait for it to sink into the entirety of the skin before moisturising.
Good moisturising is the key to how the foundation ends up looking eventually. Use a moisturiser that is suitable for your skin type, and then massage it into your skin using slow circular motions. This makes sure that all the moisture gets soaked up into the skin. And it also ensures blood circulation in the skin.
In the next step, apply a good primer. A good primer ensures that the makeup has a smooth canvas to sit on. Primers blur fine lines, wrinkles and fill in open pores to make the surface of the skin smooth. They also make sure that the makeup lasts all day.
Then comes the main step. After your face is prepped and primed, use a flat foundation brush to apply the foundation all over the face. Then, take a damp sponge and just blend in the product. The sponge technique is the best when it comes to applying foundation, because it gives an airbrush effect to the skin. It also gets rid of any excess product on the face. This is actually the preferred technique of makeup artists.
Most people make the mistake of applying the concealer before the foundation. This is wrong, as this makes you use up a lot more concealer than you probably should. If you use it after the foundation, you'd only be using it to cover up what has not already been covered by the foundation, thereby saving both money and your skin, as concealers are often thicker and harder to remove than foundations.
To ensure that no harsh lines show up through your makeup and that the makeup remains set and matte throughout the day, set it with a translucent or a flesh-tinted setting powder.
With these steps your foundation would definitely look flawless and not fake!