Foundation is an essential part for getting a flawless makeup look. It evens out the skin tone and hides all the imperfections that create a smooth canvas for your overall makeup look. However, for achieving that flawless finish, you need more than foundation. From this blog, you’ll know the art of mastering flawless methods for applying foundation.
Preparation is the Key
Before we get into application methods, let’s begin with some necessary prep steps:
1. Cleanse and moisturize:
Start with cleaning your face first. Wash away all the dirt and excess oils, then apply a lightweight moisturizer suitable to your skin. With this, a smooth base is created for the foundation.
Do not skip on the primer, if you want your foundation to stay all-day-long. It not only helps with a long-lasting look but also gives a smooth surface to your foundation.
3. Choose the right shade:
Finding the perfect shade is a paramount. Test the foundation in your jaw or wrist first to ensure a seamless match to your natural skin tone. Natural light is your best friend when matching shade with the foundation.
Now, let’s dive into different techniques to apply foundation:
Using your fingers is one of the quickest ways to apply foundation. Start with cleaning your hands first and then apply a small amount of foundation in your fingertips. Gently dab and blend it into your face, working from center to outwards. This method gives a natural, skin-like finish.
2. Makeup Brushes:
Makeup brushes are available in many shapes and sizes and each of them are designed for meeting specific purposes. For example, the brush for foundation offers a precise application to the face. Firstly, you need to dot some foundation on your face and use the brush for blending it outwards in stippling motion. Brushes ensure an even coverage with a polished makeup look.
3. Makeup Sponges:
Makeup sponges are the best tool for blending any beauty products. They are well-known for creating a flawless finish. Keep in mind that first you need to dampen the sponge slightly before usage. Bounce the sponge all-over your face to blend the foundation evenly. The dampness of the sponge prevents it from soaking which saves the product and gives a natural look from the seamless makeup look.
4. Airbrush Makeup:
Airbrush tool is a makeup product that isn’t suitable for everyday look. It’s mostly used on special occasions and by makeup artists. Using an airbrush however requires adequate practice and specifically designed equipment for achieving a flawlessly stunning appearance.
Where to Apply Foundation:
Foundation is typically applied to the central parts of the face and then blended outwards. Here’s a breakdown of where to apply foundation:
1. Center of the Face:
Forehead: You need to start with your forehead and then blend it outwards to the hairline.
Nose: Apply a generous amount to the bridge of your nose and then blend it towards the sides.
Checks: Dab foundation to the upper lip and to the apples of your checks and then blend it towards your ears.
Upper lip: A bit foundation on your upper lip creates a canvas for a proper application of lipstick.
Apply foundation to your chin, by blending downwards towards your neck to avoid that visible line at the jawline.
3. Jawline and Neck:
Blend foundation along the jawline and onto your neck for getting that seamless coverage. This step prevents the dreaded “mask” effect.
Don’t leave the application of foundation in your ears, especially if you have short hair or are planning to wear your hair up. Dab a bit of foundation and blend.
Additional Tip for Flawless Foundation
Less in more: It’s always better to start with a lesser amount of foundation at first. It won’t matter if you put in a smaller amount but you’ll have to remove the excess if applied. A smaller amount can build up coverage wherever necessary.
Blend, blend, blend: Regardless of the method of application that you chose, blending is the key for achieving a seamless look. Spend extra time to blend all the edges of your faces to avoid harsh lines.
Set with powder: To keep your foundation in place, use some translucent setting powder. This step will control all the excess shine with a long-lasting finish.
Touch-up as needed: A quick-touchup for the day can be done with a small amount of bloating powder or foundation.
Regularly clean your tools: Regularly clean-up your tools like brushes, sponges and beauty blenders because it prevents the buildup of bacteria and maintains an optimal performance from the tools.
Mastering the art of makeup with foundation is a very important skill for any makeup enthusiast. Keep in mind that practice makes a man perfect! Even if you do not get the look that you thought in the beginning, you must not give-up on trying. A few trial and errors will get you all the flawless makeup look. You must know that the key to prep your skin is to get relevant tools and the technique of blending. When you efficiently use these techniques, you will create a flawless finish, every time you apply the foundation. Happy blending!