I love applying foundation. I feel a little bit like the scary sorceress from Game of Thrones passing as a beautiful maiden and hiding her true crone nature. I struggled to apply foundation effectively in high school and college (and grad school to be honest) but as an adult, I feel like I’ve developed an effective method for how to apply your foundation properly. Learn from my past makeup mistakes so that you don’t have to relive them.
Start With A Clean Face And Apply Moisturizer
First of all, you need to start with a well-prepared canvas. Wash your face with your preferred cleanser and make sure all your makeup from the day before has been completely removed. Next, apply a good moisturizer.
The next step is to apply primer. I’m a late convert to primer but it really does help prepare the skin for foundation. A good primer helps your foundation apply more smoothly. It also helps it last longer so that your look stays fresh.
Serious Shade Talk
Before you apply the foundation, you need to make sure that it is the right shade for you. Finding the right color foundation makeup is imperative. All the technique in the world won’t save you from a shade that makes you look orange or washed out. Find a shade that works with your skin tone and you are halfway there.
Concealer and Color Corrector
Yes, I know this is a lot of prep work, but it will pay off in the end. If you have dark spots under your eyes or redness from any blemishes, apply concealer or color corrector before you proceed to the foundation. I think it’s weird that foundation is not the actual foundation of makeup anymore, but I don’t make the rules.
Blend, Blend, and Blend Again
Now it’s time to apply your foundation. Once you dab it on, blend it thoroughly into your skin. You can use your clean fingers or a dampened beauty blender. Make sure that the foundation is well blended around your hair and jawline. If you can, double-check for any stark lines in natural light.
Finish With Powder and Setting Spray
Finish your foundation with a little powder. This helps set the foundation and gives your face a more natural matte finish. If you want to keep your makeup in place for as long as possible, you can use a setting spray.
It’s Selfie Time
If you’ve followed these steps, you know you look fab. Take a few seconds to snap some shots. You don’t have to share them, but really, how could you justify depriving the world of your beauty?
Applying foundation is a bit of a process, but once you get the hang of the routine, it will quickly become second nature. Foundation makeup doesn’t need to be intimidating, but once you follow these tips, you certainly will be intimidatingly gorgeous.
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