If you’ve always looked at your favourite celebrity and wished you could achieve a similarly flawless base that covered all blemishes while still looking natural, we’re here to help. Once you’ve picked out the right foundation and prepped your skin, all you have to do is follow our tried and tested tips and you’re on your way to applying foundation like a pro.
Start at the centre
Always remember your brush will deliver the most product at the place it lands first. When it comes to foundation that should be the centre of your face. When people look at you, they register your T-zone first, which means it’s essential to conceal any redness or discolouration you may have around the nose and cheeks. Blending your foundation from the centre outwards not only ensures added coverage in the middle, but also a sheer finish as you reach your ears and hairline leaving you looking less made up. Naturally, for this trick to work it’s essential that your foundation and skin tone are a perfect match.
Blend with downward strokes
While industry insiders advocate applying and smoothing skincare in with upward strokes, the opposite applies in the case of foundation. Most of us have some facial hair or peach fuzz and blending foundation against the direction of the growth disturbs it giving your face a blurry look. In addition, upward strokes fill in your pores and emphasise them. To get a truly flawless finish with your foundation, downwards strokes are the way to go.
Apply powder strategically
Beauty mavens know that it’s essential to set foundation with a loose powder. But too much of a good thing can also be bad. Setting your foundation by applying powder over your entire face will only make it look over done. For a more natural finish minus the shine, only apply powder to your T-zone. Leaving the rest of your face powder free allows it to look more lived-in and natural.
Use a different tool for a different finish
Applying your foundation with the right tool can make a world of a difference to the end result of your makeup. When you want a sheer finish and light coverage, it’s best to go with your fingers, while the egg sponge is best for those who like medium coverage, and tapered dome and flat brushes are best at delivering full coverage. Stippling brushes are best when you want high-definition, air brushed finish.
Apply concealer after foundation
Using concealer once you’ve done your foundation allows you to use the product only as and where you need it. Go one shade lighter than your skin tone but avoid going too light to prevent dreaded reverse raccoon under eyes. Another way to ensure a more natural look is to apply concealer only at the inner corner of your eyes where most women need it the most and blend out. Your foundation will already have the rest of your under eye covered.