As any beauty-lover knows, the right foundation is, well, the key product of a good make-up routine/look. It provides an even base on any face, and is an important element to build from especially if you are contouring. But it’s about so much more than just choosing the right brand and shade. Here are some in-the-know hacks that will create a flawless finish every time.
Don’t apply cold
Applying foundation straight from the bottle is a rookie mistake. If it’s even coverage you want (and why wouldn’t you?), you’ll need to warm things up first. Use a sponge or a brush to heat up a dollop of liquid on the back of your hand – you’ll find it goes on much smoother and creates a more natural look.
Add facial oil
Want to recreate that dewy, youthful look that so many MUA’s get spot on? Try adding a drop or two of your favourite facial oil before applying your foundation. Not only will it make your make-up go further – ideal if you’re splashing out on expensive treats – it will also prevent caking and help you to achieve a natural glow.
Don’t forget the primer
If you have any type of skin problem, primer is your friend. Whether it’s large pores, pigment issues or an oily t-zone, choosing the right primer to apply before your foundation can completely transform the final result.
Blend out from the centre
We’ve all seen the unfortunate mask-like look that badly applied foundation can create. So how can you avoid looking like you’re off to a fancy dress party? The answer is surprisingly simple – apply your foundation in the centre of your face, then blend out towards your hairline and jaw. As a bonus tip, use downwards strokes to avoid blocking pores or highlighting any unwanted facial hair.
Use a setting spray
If you’ve just spent ages creating the perfect look, don’t fall at the last hurdle! Choose a setting spray to ensure that your foundation remains flawless all day long. Dependent on the effect you’re after, this could be anything from simple rose water to a high-spec formula complete with vitamins, SPF and more.