Foundation is fundamental to boosting flawless skin, but unknown to many, you may still be doing it wrong. Foundation is one of the trickiest makeup products to use properly. While it can give you flawless skin that makes you look younger and less tired, applying it incorrectly can have the exact opposite effect. So, try to avoid these common mistakes.
Testing on back of hand: You’re trying a new foundation brand and you need to find your shade. First thing you do? Put it on the back of your hand, of course. Bad idea, because your hand doesn’t match the same shade of your face, and actually, you should be testing it on three small areas. Pop it under your eyes, on your nose and along your jawline; if it’s a match then when you rub it in it should simply disappear. Better yet, get a makeup artist to pop some on for you, and this way you’ll feel confident in the base shade you take home.
Apply With Your Fingers: Although it seems easiest to apply foundation with your fingers, it oftentimes leaves harsh lines on the skin. For a more accurate blend, use a brush or sponge. With a brush, blend the foundation in circular motions to create an airbrushed finish with little product. With a sponge, dab to avoid lines.
Using Powder Foundation: Powder foundation can look chalky and settle into wrinkles. It dries out the skin and looks obvious in pictures. Instead, use a matte foundation to eliminate any unwanted shine around the T-zone, and use a dewy formula around the perimeter of the face.
Most people think foundation is for the face alone, that is wrong. Your neck needs attention too, and stopping at the jawline is to blame for tell-tale tidemarks. Instead, keep working with your brush right past your jaw and chin, buffing in circular motions for a more natural result.
Coating the Entire Face With Foundation: Use foundation where needed, not all over the face. The less you use, the more natural it appears. Pay attention to redness around the nose, dark under eye circles and any blemishes. Blending with a brush will make it look like all-over color.
Skipping primer: Ever find your foundation to change color throughout the day? This happens when too much of the pH in the oil of the skin mixes with the pigment in the foundation. To avoid this oxidation, a primer should be applied to act as a barrier.
Highlighting Fine Lines: Foundation is meant to hide fine lines, not enhance them. Avoid creasing by applying a thin amount of product under the eye and around the mouth (where wrinkles are most prominent). Use a tissue to dab any excess product off.
Applying Concealer Under Foundation: Concealer’s purpose is to add additional coverage when foundation doesn’t completely cover a trouble area. If you apply foundation over concealer, you’re thinning out the concealer you just strategically placed over trouble spots.
Applying foundation before your moisturizer is dry: Always give your moisturizer time to absorb into your skin before applying foundation. Otherwise, you can end up with a streaky mess.