The question I get asked most by clients:
How can I get a nice cover with my foundation without it looking dry or dull?
Firstly it’s good to start with clean, moisturized skin. You need a moisturizer that absorbs well without leaving the skin oily. So oil-free are good. Old favourites of mine are Aqueous cream or Cetaphil lotion. This is the same for some of the primers on the market.
You don’t want a primer that is too slippery on the skin and some of the silicone ones are the worst for that. They say they help your foundation stay on longer and go on smoother; however, I’ve tried many of them and if they are too slimey to touch they will have the opposite effect, and can cause your foundation to wear off quickly or separate.
Next, a good foundation is the key. There are so many available and down the line, I’ll list some of my favourite foundations, finishing powders, luminisers and primers.
Choose your foundation depending on your skin type and how much coverage you like. There are many ‘long wear’ foundations on the market ranging in price from around $15 to $100. As I’m getting older, I find the longer-wearing foundations are best for me, as my skin tends to not ‘hold’ foundation as well.
Remember: sometimes the most expensive doesn’t necessarily mean ‘better’. I have found some amazing foundations on the market that are very inexpensive. The best mineral foundation I have found I get online from the USA and it’s only around $13 a tub. There is no talc in it and it has the most beautiful luminous coverage.
Luminisers are the bomb. They give you that beautiful healthy glow, however they must be used correctly or they can have the oposite effect. Highlight the areas that you would like a little glow added to – i.e. just above the apple of the cheeks and then sweeping it up to the temples. A thin line of highlighter across the bow of the top lip, will make your lips look fuller, and a feather light touch down the bridge of the nose can look lovely.
If you have used finishing powder, make sure your luminizer is powder as well. If you have used cream, stick or liquid foundation you can use a cream luminizer over the top. Remember the rule. Powder blends onto powder but won’t blend well onto a moist cream or liquid base. And cream blends best on top of cream but won’t blend well on top of powder.
Fingers are great for blending foundation. One of the best makeup artists I know only ever blends with fingers and always does an amazing job. However, I love the duo fibre foundation/blending brushes as they give a finish similar to airbrushing and you tend to use less product which saves money. The usual foundation brushes work well too, but you may need to smooth over the finished result with a latex sponge. This gives a lovely smooth finish. Don’t use a sponge with liquid foundations as they absorb too much of your precious base and it’s wasted in the sponge.
If you think you have too much foundation on, grab a tissue and cover you face with it and gently press. You will find that any excess foundation will stick to the tissue and your finish will have a lovely soft look.
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