Tuesday, 26 May 2009

How To Apply Foundation

To achieve the perfect flawless complexion, you need to choose
a foundation that most accurately matches your skin tone.
However, your coloration may be quite difficult to match
precisely- if it is 'in between' tones available, don't be
afraid to buy two lots of foundation (one darker, one lighter
than your natural shade) and blend them to create a closer
match. This is also handy as your skin will naturally be darker
in the summer months, so you can alter the ratio of the two
foundations accordingly. If you can afford it, it will be a good
investment to buy a foundation from a beauty counter, as color
experts can often tailor a foundation to most complement your
skin, and so it's a worthwhile purchase!

Preparation

Beautiful make up starts with beautiful skin! To keep your skin
in the best condition, it is essential to cleanse properly and
to keep it hydrated. Before applying foundation, it is a good
idea to massage in a high quality moisturizing cream. It is
important that it is designed for the face - normal moisturizers
can be too oily and the addition of foundation on top of this
will tend to be messy and easily slide off. Equally, if your
complexion tends to be oily, this is the stage where mattifying
lotions should be applied to the problem zones. Leave
moisturizers for a minute to be absorbed by the skin, then get
to work with your foundation while your skin is still soft and
supple, as this will create a smooth and even finish.

Application

One of the easiest and quickest ways to give a basic coverage
is to use a makeup sponge. This can either be used as it is, or
first dipped in warm water then squeezed out until it is just
damp. However, increasing numbers of people are opting to use
their finger tips as this slightly warms up the foundation
before it reaches your skin, enabling a smoother
application.makeup brush set Professionals also use a variety of
makeup brushes as these can cover large areas quickly, but also
enable precision application in delicate and difficult areas
such as around the eyes, nose and mouth. Unlike natural
bristles, synthetic brushes will not absorb the foundation,
which is good as it enables even application and stops too much
build-up on the brush.

To keep your sponge and brushes in good condition, it is
advisable to wash them on a regular basis in warm soapy water to
prevent build-up. Ensure you rinse thoroughly before use.

Technique

Before you start applying your foundation, find a well-lit area
with plenty of natural light, and set up a mirror. It may be
useful to use a mirror that has a magnifying side to check that
you haven't missed any areas, and that it is well blended.

If using a sponge for application, dot small amounts of
foundation straight on to the skin, starting across the
forehead, then on the cheeks and finally chin. If using your
finger tips or a brush, then apply small amounts first to these,
before transferring it to the skin. Use soft downward strokes
working from the top half of your face, finishing at the
jawline. Here, use light pressure to blend the color down the
start of the neck, to avoid a mask-like appearance. Check areas
such as the hairline and jaw line, as unblinded unsightly
'tidelines' may be left.

After an even coverage has been achieved, use fingertips to
gently press over the makeup to help it sink in and stay put.
Don't forget to re-check your face in even, natural light!


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