Just like a flawless canvas is necessary to create that perfect base for a beautiful picture, a layer of foundation can cover up any imperfections and present the perfect base to apply makeup on but a lot of lovely ladies make these common foundation mistakes that not only robs the face of the ‘natural’ look but can also highlight unflattering lines and wrinkles.
The purpose of a foundation is to camouflage any blemish or imperfections that one has on their face. However, quite a lot of them mistake foundation to be the magic potion to change skin color, which looks extremely tacky. The perfect shade is the one that perfectly complements your original skin tone and the best way to pick one, is by taking three shades closest to your skin tone and testing it along your jaw line, of these, opt for the one that seamlessly blends with your skin color.
Also, your skin’s undertone plays an important role in analyzing the correct shade as well. If you have pink undertones, go for a foundation that has a pink undertone and for those with yellow undertones should opt for foundations that have a yellowish tinge to it.
It is advised to moisturize your face well before applying foundation so that the skin that can get dehydrated due to a lack of proper moisturization, does not pull the foundation in and give a blotchey appearance. However, some people start applying foundation even before the moisturizer completely dries off, which could act as a thinner for makeup and lead to uneven coverage.
You should wait a minimum of 60 seconds before applying foundation. Make sure that your face isn’t greasy when you apply the first coat, also if you have an oily skin, opt for a gel-based moisturizer or go for a primer instead of a moisturizer as the latter would lubricate the face and make it greasier.
Foundation does cover blemishes and acne but putting layers after layer of foundation to cover a mountain of a pimple would NOT help. You should apply a thin layer that offers a good coverage, if you need extra help- opt for a concealer, which should be applied before applying foundation and only on the problematic areas.
Also, you should apply foundation evenly on both your face and your neck area. Pay special attention to the jaw line as most women tend to make a mistake while blending foundation along the jaw line and neck area.
The secret to achieving that perfectly flawless look through foundation is by correctly blending it. Use a stifling brush or a wet sponge to blend in and in case you are using liquid foundation, the best trick is to use a wet sponge after you’ve applied foundation to tap away the extra.
I’ve probably used this phrase consistently throughout the article but for fear of repetition, I’d use it again “foundation is all about blending properly”. Do not apply foundation all over your face, use your fingertips to apply foundation in dots on problematic areas and blend using a stifle brush or a sponge. Blend in circular motion and pay special attention to hair and jaw line so that there’s no gap between the edges.
Foundation makes for one of the most, if not the most important part of makeup and must be given due care. To get the foundation part of your makeup right, make sure you follow all the mentioned guidelines and not make those mistakes.