Common foundation mistakes
Sometimes it’s easy to forget, but foundation is used exactly how it sounds - as a base for your make-up. Without a strong canvas to build upon, your look can easily fall apart, which is why it’s important to know the basic dos and don’ts.
Testing in the wrong light
One of the keys to getting foundation spot on is finding the right colour. But you can only do that in the right lighting. When you test a foundation on your skin, dab it on your jaw line, underneath your eyes and around the nose to find a match. Then, after 15 minutes, go into the daylight to see its true colour. Foundation has a tendency to oxidise with the natural heat from your skin after a few minutes, so let it set before you make a final purchase.
Make-up primer is an often overlooked, but valuable item. It helps your make-up last longer on your face and in your make-up bag. It also prepares your skin to give foundation something to hold on to, so it lasts throughout the day. And, if you’ve ever noticed your foundation changes colour throughout the day, it’s because there is too much pH in the oil of the skin. It mixes with the pigment in the foundation, which often leaves you with a slight shade of orange.
Applying with fingers
Putting on foundation with your fingers seems simple, but by doing so you end up leaving harsh lines all over your skin. The key is to blend out the colour with a brush, using a circular motion to create an airbrushed finish. Follow that up with an edgeless sponge and dab spots to avoid lines.
Spot touch-ups only
Foundation should be applied all over your face, even down to the neckline. You don’t want to end up looking back at yourself in photos where your face and neck are two different shades.