How to create a flawless complexion
If you have been on the search for what makes or breaks make-up, your answer lies in your choice of foundation. This make-up agent helps to smooth out skin tones, conceal blemishes and give you an overall healthy glow. Applying make-up without a foundation as base can actually accentuate unsightly skin problems, rather than trying to conceal them. Choosing and applying foundation should be a simple procedure, but there are pitfalls. So heed our advice and flaunt your best skin with the right tips.
Start by deciding what type of look you're looking to achieve. Then select a foundation that meets your objective. Foundations usually offer a range of coverage from sheer to heavy and finishes that range from matte to satin. Once you have chosen the ideal formulation (coverage and finish), you're ready to choose the perfect shade for your skin tone. There is a good selection of foundation shades available these days, so choose wisely. If you're unsure on where to start, here's a quick guide:
Ensure you're in natural daylight when trying out foundation colours, so you can see exactly how your skin will look once you leave the shop.
Select a couple of shades which look as though they'll match your skin and try it on.
Don't try foundation on your hand or on your wrist -- they're a different colour to your face.
Stroke a little colour onto your jaw line to ensure you get a tone that will blend with your neck as well as your face. The shade that seems to "disappear" into your skin is the right one for you.
Apply foundation 10 minutes after moisturizing. If you don't allow the moisturiser to absorb into the skin, your foundation could easily come off with wear. Also when applying, use a cosmetic sponge —using your fingertips can result in an uneven, greasy finish. Dampen the sponge first, then squeeze excess moisture to make foundation application easier; this also prevents the sponge from soaking up too much foundation.
Place a small amount of foundation on the back of one hand, and dip your make-up sponge into it. Dot the formula on your forehead, cheeks, chin and nose, and then blend well using the sponge. Move outward, blending toward hairline and jawline until it vanishes. Pay special attention to areas around the nose and jawline. When applying foundation on the jawline, rub toward the neck area to help create less of a separating line around the face.
Finally, brush on powder on the top to set the foundation. If oil surfaces during the day, blot the area with a tissue, then apply alight dusting of powder. Always apply powder to set make-up and re-apply throughout the day to prevent shine.