Creating natural looking, perfect skin can be harder than it sounds.
Foundation is used to create a flawless base – but sometimes it causes as many new issues as it is covering. From over-the-top cakey coverage, to uneven blotchy foundation there’s a solution!
Here are some of my best tips to get your best base
1. Start with exfoliation
The basis for great makeup is having the best skin you can and that takes a great skincare routine. If you don’t have time before your special event to start a full skincare routine (and I wouldn’t recommend starting a new routine just days before) then exfoliating can help brighten and smooth the skin. Exfoliation can be physical or chemical and you should choose the right one for your skin type
2. Make sure you moisturise
Most foundation will cling to any dry patches so make sure you moisturise well. The moisturiser that you choose should be suitable for your skin type – those of us with drier skin might be better with a richer cream, or a facial oil, and if your skin tends to become a bit more oily a lightweight moisturiser might suit you better.
3. Use a primer
The world of primers has changed over the last few years – it’s not just the siliconey-type primers anymore. There is a primer to help with every skin type/issue. If you tend to get oily throughout the day an oil controlling primer in your t-zone can help your makeup last longer. If you feel like you’d like to diminish the appearance of pores, or fine lines a primer can help with that too.
4. Use less foundation
Most people use a lot more foundation than their skin needs. For a natural looking base, even with a full coverage foundation use a small amount, starting in the center of the face, and blend it out, so that it is almost nothing at the hairline. You can add more foundation in the areas that you might need some more coverage (I normally need a bit more around the nose and chin, where I tend to be quite red), and use a small amount of concealer in a matching shade to hide any blemishes. If you want to brighten the area beneath your eyes use a foundation or a concealer that is 1-2 shades lighter than your foundation.
5. Blend well
Use a brush, sponge or your fingers to blend the foundation into your skin seamlessly melt the foundation into your skin. If you are using a sponge dab – don’t rub – until you have created your flawless base
6. Only powder in the areas you get oily
Most modern foundations don’t need to be set all over, but most of us can use a little help around the t-zone. Using a fluffy brush press a translucent powder onto areas that get a bit oily during the day (usually the forehead, nose, chin and under the eyes). Press, don’t rub the powder in, to avoid moving your foundation before it is set.
7. When you are done for the day, clean your skin properly
You’ve probably heard that the best way to a beautiful base is great skin and that means introducing a skincare routine (if you don’t already have one).
At the least you should be using a cleanser, day cream, night cream, exfoliant and eye cream, and a toner (depending on the cleanser you use). Your skincare routine should be tailored to your skin type and the results that you want to see and you can add your actives as additional products (think serums and masks)
For best results you should be following your skin routine morning and night.