8 Steps to Perfect Foundation Application

Sunday, February 28th 2016 0

How to finish your foundation

Here are some of my favourite techniques to achieving a perfect base.

1. One of the most important steps in achieving a perfect base is to prepare with skincare. If your skin is dry it will cause your foundation to clump and patch, but plump, hydrated skin will allow it to sit evenly. Use a hydrating moisturiser and eye cream for optimum results.

Try: Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream and the Ole Henriksen Nuture Me Moisturiser.

Ole Henriksen Nurture Me

2. Primer can be useful in helping your base to stay in place all day, but for me primer is all about creating a glow. Use something luminous to add a dewy glow to your skin and it will shine through your foundation, especially if you wear a light to medium coverage. A great everyday option is the Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow, and for absolute radiance try the Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer. For a fresher finish you may also wish to mix this in equal parts with your foundation and apply instead of regular foundation.

Try: Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer

Flawless Beauty Primer Pixi

3. Be sure to ask your beauty advisor how they recommend to apply your foundation – it makes all the difference. For example, NARS will recommend that you use the fingers so that their foundations melt effortlessly into the skin, whereas something like Illamasqua Skin Base needs to be buffed and buffed with a fluffy brush because it is so dense and pigmented. However you apply it I really recommend buffing over everything with a Real Techniques Buffing brush just to give a blended, even finish.

Try: Real Techniques Core Collection

Real Techniques Core Collection

4. Regardless of your skin type, be sure to seal your base in with a touch of powder. This will prevent it from sliding off through the day. My favourite for this is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder which sets everything but adds luminosity.

Try: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

Dim Light

5. If you are going to bronze, apply to selected areas give a more natural finish. I use a large fluffy brush with bronzer so that I don’t leave any tell-tale signs, and take it across areas which would naturally hit the sun: temples and hollows of cheeks in a sweeping C shape.

Try: MAC Cosmetics 134 Large Powder Brush

MAC Cosmetics 134 Brush

6. A blusher is one of the easiest ways to make your foundation look youthful and pretty. If you’re struggling to find the perfect colour try something in between pink and peach as this will go with any lipstick shade – MAC’s Fleur Power is brilliant for this, as is Illamasqua’s Hussy. Smile and apply to the apples of the cheeks.

Try: MAC Cosmetics Fleur Power

Fleur Power

7. My favourite step in creating the perfect base is to finish everything with an illuminator. Take a powder highlighter across the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, across the cupid’s bow and on the chin. This gives the illusion of a fresh skin finish and also helps to soften any lines from your blusher. More mature skins will want to be light handed with this step, and skip this if you have blemishes in any of these areas as it will emphasise them.

Try: Peaches and Cream Highlighter in Halo

Peaches and Cream Halo

8. A little secret of mine to give the illusion of a very fresh skin finish is to gently pick out prominent moles or freckles at the very end of the make-up. When moles and freckles are showing through, it gives the illusion┬áthat you haven’t used a heavy coverage foundation.

Try: Illamasqua Colouring Pencil in Woo

Illamasqua Pencil Woo

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