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What is “foundation neck” – and how can I avoid it?

As any beauty lover knows, there are lots of potential pitfalls that can quickly turn a carefully-made up look into a bit of a disaster. And one of the worst is what some people refer to as “foundation neck” – that unfortunate effect that’s created when your face and neck appear to be a completely different shade. And surprisingly, even the most skilled MUAs can sometimes fall victim to this issue. So what can you do to avoid that dreaded mask-like appearance?

According to experts, one of the most common causes of foundation neck is simply not blending your product well enough. To stop this from happening, you’ll want to make sure you are working the formula into your skin, and spreading it out underneath your jawline. But sometimes, it’s not that simple, and even the most dedicated blending can still result in coverage that leaves your face and neck a different shade.

So, you’ll want to take a close look at the products you’re using too – and especially the shade. Even if your foundation seems to be a perfect match for your skin tone underneath artificial, in-store lighting, daylight is a completely different ball game. So when you’re picking out your products, make sure that you step outside to check their appearance in natural light. Even a slight mismatch between your skin and your foundation can contribute to the mask effect, so this is an important step.

Of course, even if your foundation perfectly matches the skin on your face, it might be a little off for your neck, as these areas are often slightly different shades. Apparently, this is because the skin casts a shadow on the region underneath, resulting in less exposure to the sun. To counteract this, you’ll want to apply foundation to your neck as well as your face. Start by applying in a column down the center and blend it upwards and out towards the sides. 

Lastly, make sure that when you touch up your foundation during the day, you also pay attention to your neck as well. If you keep topping up with extra layers on your face, you’ll find that a mask effect starts to build up over time – even if you started off with a perfectly blended look.

By following these tips, you can avoid the perils of foundation neck and enjoy a natural-looking, flawless appearance all day long. 

How to apply foundation over acne!

Although it’s typically associated with teenage breakouts, acne is something that anyone can suffer with at any point in their lives. And if you’re trying to create a picture-perfect finish, it can pose a difficult challenge. After all, get it wrong and you run the risk of making your skin even more inflamed and irritated than it was before. Thankfully, there are ways to cover up any inconvenient breakouts with foundation – and here’s how.

The first step, according to experts, is to make sure that your skin is properly prepared. If you don’t exfoliate before applying foundation, dead skin cells can make for a flaky finish. And after a gentle scrub, you’ll want to apply a moisturising and hydrating product to ensure a smooth base to work with.

Next, remember that makeup can’t work miracles. So if you’ve got any big, bright red blemishes, you’ll want to use a colour correction product before applying your foundation. Choose a green shade and apply it over any spots or pimples with a small, stiff-bristled brush. Similarly, if you have old acne scars, lighten those up using a colour corrector in an orange or peach shade.

When it comes to actually applying your foundation, it’s all about technique. Using a stiff brush, you’ll want to stipple your chosen product over your problem areas, rather than dragging or brushing it across the skin. And once you’re done, avoid setting with powder as that can leave your problem areas looking flaky and dry. Instead, choose a hydrating setting spray to create a fresh, dewy finish. 

Finally, it’s important to remember that there is no 100% effective coverup for acne and problem skin. And no matter what products you use, there will always be a degree of texture over any bumpy, flaky or dry areas. Once you understand that even the most expensive products have their limits, you won’t be disappointed or waste time trying to perfect an impossible technique.

As a side note, it’s also worth ensuring that your foundation isn’t making your acne worse. Is it recommended as suitable for sensitive skin? These days, you can even buy makeup that works to actively treat spots and blemishes, so experiment to find the product that works for you. 

Essential makeup items to take on holiday!

With travel restrictions looking set to lift as the year progresses, some of us are finally starting to think about holidays once more. But now more than ever we want our breaks to be stress-free. In other words, we don’t have the time to take our entire makeup bag with us. Or to spend hours decanting countless foundations and creams into small bottles to fit within hand luggage restrictions. No, what we all need is a handy, capsule-style collection that we can put together at the drop of a hat – and here are our top tips.

Waterproof mascara

If you only take one beauty item on holiday, it should probably be waterproof mascara. Whether you plan on taking plenty of dips in the sea and the pool or you just want to make sure you don’t turn into a streaky panda the moment you start to sweat, a good mascara that won’t drip or smudge is an essential you simply can’t go without.

Tinted BB cream

While holidays are all about low-maintenance, glowing skin, we understand that not everyone is lucky enough to look flawless the moment they step out into the sun. Even so, we recommend ditching the heavy foundation and opting for a light, tinted BB cream instead. Like foundation, this will help cover up any blemishes but will still feel light and moisturising in a hot environment.

Highlighter

Still on skin, make the most of your natural holiday glow by using highlighter to emphasise your sun-kissed complexion. Sweep lightly over your temples, cupid’s bow and cheekbones to create a look that will take you from beach to bar in just seconds.

Eyeshadow

Unless you’re staying at an ultra-glam resort, we’d recommend staying away from any bright colours while you’re lounging by the pool. But when the evening hits, it’s a totally different story. A sweep of your favourite eyeshadow will go a long way towards transforming any look from casual to club-ready glam.

Day to night lipstick

The last thing you’ll want to be thinking about on holiday is matching your lipstick to your chosen outfit. So pick a shade that suits you and stick with it throughout the trip. A medium colour that’s neither too dark nor too light for your complexion is a great choice that should take you from excursions and beach days all the way through to dinner and dancing into the early hours.