Fabulous Foundation Fundamentals

Done correctly, foundation is one of the most transformative products in any makeup bag. It can instantly make you appear like you have had more sleep than you have, even out any discoloration, and give you a boost of confidence.

That’s all well and good, but it has the caveat: “done correctly”. Foundation is not a product that you can just put on in a hurry, using whatever tools you have to hand for application. When done badly, foundation can make your skin look worse – pretty much the exact opposite of what it’s trying to achieve.

So to ensure your base holds up, ensure that you’re ticking off all of these foundation fundamentals:

#1 – The Base For Your Base

Getting your skin care right is essential if you want your foundation to look as it should. Ideally, you need a good daily routine that consists of:

  • Cleansing
  • Exfoliating
  • Moisturising

… at the very least. Once a week, use a mask to remedy any specific skin problems. If you struggle with dryness, then opt for a nourishing honey or oatmeal-based mask. For acne, this charcoal face mask recipe will help keep your skin clear. If aging is a concern, then look for a mask containing glycolic acid.

You can always add serums and essences into this routine, but the above is the core regimen you should try to stick to on regular basis. Your foundation can improve the look of your skin, but it can’t do this as effectively without a good base to build on.

#2 – Be Careful With Color

The wrong shade of foundation is never going to be a good look. Thankfully, there’s more choice than ever in this regard. Brands are catching up to the fact that their customers want perfectly matched shades, so the options are becoming more plentiful. Pick a shade that’s as close to perfect as you can get, then tweak the color with shade-adjusting drops until you’re as close to your natural skintone as possible.

#3 – Use The Right Tools

You can apply foundation however you see fit, including with your fingers. However, that doesn’t mean you can apply foundation well. If you’re going to perfect your base, then you need to use the right tools for the job. Beauty Blenders are proving tough to unseat from their throne as the queen of the foundation tools; they’re expensive, but thousands consider the investment worth it. If you don’t want to try a Beauty Blender, then opt for a stippling brush, which will give you more control than you would have with your fingers.

#4 – Apply Over Moisturizer

Primers are all very well and good, but the one thing that will ruin your foundation more than anything is application onto dry skin. Use a moisturizer before you use primer to keep your skin plumped up throughout the day. Don’t worry about product slippage, either; your primer is there to provide a tight grip over the moisturizer.

#5 – Be Gentle

Foundation should be layered depending on how thick you want the coverage to be. Be gentle with your application; don’t put too much product on at first. Instead, apply repeated thin layers until you’re happy with the result.

There you have it; fabulous foundation that will keep you glowing (for all the right reasons!) all day long.

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