I thought I'd start with the basics. Foundation.
1- MOISTURIZE. To get the perfect base you need to start with a moisturizer suited to your skin type. If you have oily skin then apply an oil free or an oil absorbing moisturizer. If you have dry skin then use a rich creamy moisturizer but go easy. You don't want a slick base for your foundation to just slide right off. Let the moisturizer set for a few minutes. If your foundation has no SPF I'd advise your moisturizer has an SPF of 15-30
2- PRIME- Then if you tend to get oily, or your foundation never seems to stay on, apply a primer. I recommend the Smashbox Photofinish foundation primer. Found at any Smashbox store or online. Let it set before the next step.
I use this primer on every face I work on.
3- FOUNDATION- Now lets apply foundation. I highly advise to use a light foundation first on your entire face. My Favourites are M.A.C face and body, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation or on the cheaper side of things the LOreal True Match Liquid foundations. All are all very light, they even out skintone with out caking up.
Using a makeup sponge or the tips of your fingers, apply dots of foundation on your chin, cheeks, forehead and tip of the nose. Makeup artists swear by foundation brushes to apply product. They soak up less foundation and blend flawlessly. If you tend to get dry or flakey skin then lightly dampen the sponge or brush first. Blend, Blend, Blend.
4- CONCEAL- Once blended out then you can go ahead with a concealer or a thicker foundation and apply it only where you need it, using a smaller brush. You will get a much more flawless and natural look this way instead of the 'Mask" effect. Blend out edges of concealer until it looks invisible.
5- SET- To set your foundation and concealer, apply a light powder with a big fluffy brush. My absolute fav is the M.A.C mineralize skinfinish powders. They set your makeup without drying or flaking and leave a soft velvet finish.
Then you can go ahead and apply your blush, highlight, contour etc.
- If you have redness in your skin you want to cover up then use a warm/yellow toned foundation.
- I always buy 2 colours of foundation so that weather its summer or winter you can mix them to get your perfect shade.
Also a tip for making your face look slimmer is to apply your foundation 1 shade lighter down the center of your face (forehead, nose, chin) then on the outer part of you face apply it a shade or two darker, Blending between the 2 of course so you don't have obvious lines. This give the illusion that your face is longer and slimmer. Amaze!
- At the end of your foundation routine you can spray a finishing spray to set and also give a more dewy effect.
Some available are the M.A.C fix+ spray, Model in a bottle setting spray (i got mine off ebay from America) or Urban Decay have just come out with one called the All nighter spray, which I've heard great things about.
- To get a luminescent appearance you can mix a few drops of shimmer into your foundation or pat it on top before
you apply your powder. Smashbox Artificial light or M.A.C are both awesome!
Please feel free to leave questions or comments.
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