The right foundation will even out your skin tone and give you the appearance of flawless skin. But you have to do it right, otherwise you risk looking like a clown. Following are the 4 easy steps for the perfect foundation. Follow these steps for a flawless complexion.
Apply a moisturizing sunscreen, moisturizer or primer that’s perfect for your skin type. All foundations will go on more smoothly if the skin is well-hydrated. Primer creates a smooth surface for foundation.
Then use concealer only where you need it, like on under eye circles and blemishes. Try a creamy formula, like Laura Mercier Secret Concealer, in a shade that matches your skin tone. Apply in little stripes with a pointed concealer brush. Then blend using your ring finger for the lightest touch, and don’t tug on delicate under eye areas.
Makeup artists swear by foundation brushes to apply product. They soak up less foundation and blend flawlessly. But most women use a makeup sponge or the fingers to apply foundation. No matter your tool of choice, apply dots of foundation on your cheeks, chin, forehead and tip of the nose. You don’t want to apply foundation over the entire face, just the spots that are uneven. Pay special attention to your hairline and jawline to ensure there’s no obvious line. Using the stick like a giant marker, draw thick lines down cheekbones, the sides of your nose and above brows, and blend with your fingers.
For staying power, apply powder over top with a puff to absorb oil and to keep cover-up from sliding off midday. Set the foundation with loose powder immediately after application.
- You don’t have to put foundation all over your face. Try spot-fixes for those areas that need coverage (likely around the eyes, nose and chin)
- Don’t want to go all out with a foundation? Tinted moisturizers may be all you need if your complexion is dewy, but you want a light, sheer wash to even out blotchiness.
- If you use a sponge, make sure and wash out it out well so it doesn’t start harboring all sorts of nasty bacteria. These Wonderpro sponges are cheap and work perfectly.