Picking and applying foundation can look extremely easy. But if it's even one shade too light or too dark, it can look way off.
Foundation is a skin-coloured liquid that is used to hide flaws and enhance features to achieve an even skin tone.
For choosing the right kind of foundation, we need to first know our undertones because foundations come in pink undertones and yellow undertones.
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The shade can be right, but if the undertone is wrong, then the foundation can look fake, cakey and ashy. And what we want with foundation is to make it look as natural as skin.
In fact, that is the prime goal of using a foundation, to look like we haven't used anything but are just naturally blessed with great skin.
A lot of us make the mistake of swatching the foundation on our hands before seeing it fit to be bought. This is a big mistake because the skin colour of your hand can be very different from that of your face.
It is advised to try the foundation first along the jawline before buying it. Foundations can be really costly; and we don't want to waste money by buying the wrong one.
For people with an oily skin, it is advised to stick to the matte finish foundations because by the end of the day, the oils produced by the face would make the foundation kind of shiny.
A matte finish can be disastrous for dry skin types and, on the other hand, it would just emphasize the dryness of the skin.
Here's how to make your foundation look like skin and the right way to use a foundation, have a look:
Prep: Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and then use a moisturiser that is suitable for your skin type. Massage in the moisturiser in circular motions, so that your skin literally drinks in the moisture. Let the moisture settle in for 5 minutes before moving on to the next step.
Prime: Next, use a primer to make sure all the pores and fine lines on your face are filled in. The primer brightens the face, creates a smooth base for the foundation and also diminishes the flaws.
Foundation: The next step is the foundation. Use your fingers to dab on the foundation all over the face, and then use a damp egg-shaped sponge to go over the product and blend. This provides an airbrush finish, and the damp sponge also catches any excess product, so you are left with only the amount needed on your face.
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Conceal: Next, use a concealer on all the flaws like the under-eye area, the cupid's bow, the bridge of your nose and on any other blemishes that you may have. Using the concealer after the foundation means less usage of concealer, as concealers are often costlier than foundations. Gently dab at the concealer and don't blend it too hard.
Set: Use a face brush to brush some powder on and set the look. You can even use a setting spray to ensure the look does not budge.
There you have it! Foundation application is way more complicated than you thought, but with these steps, it'll be easy!