Makeup foundation sits on the skin, covers most of the face, and we use more of it than most makeup items. Start to scan ingredient lists and avoid foundations that contain mineral oil and petroleum, because they tend to block pores, which may make you more prone to lumpy red spots or to little white pimples that break out under the skin’s surface.
As a shortcut, without having to read the entire ingredients list, look for the expression “non-comedogenic” on the packaging or one which is organic.
In general, foundation is used to help cover up your imperfections. Now most people need less foundation than they think. A good light foundation which matches your skin tone will go a long long way. Dab foundation onto imperfections such as spots, broken veins, and dark circles, and blend well.
For more coverage, use a concealer that matches your skin tone perfectly and apply with your fingers onto those spots. Forget sponges. They’re fussy and you usually end up applying more than you need.
Foundation and concealer need setting with powder if they’re not to disappear into thin air. Apply with a puff pad or a brush. Use a precision brush which allows for precision placement of powder (around 2cm). Powder is normally needed only around the oily T-zone of the face: the forehead, nose and chin, which can appear shiny.
The reason women reapply powder frequently during the day is usually to avoid shine. But instead of adding powder to mop up oil, try using the one layer of tissue trick.
For a sun kissed glow, most of the companies mentioned in this makeup section make bronzing powders. For this, you should use a big, fluffy brush and dust the bronzing powder onto your forehead, the tip of your nose your chin and the top of your cheekbones anywhere the sun strikes naturally.
Once you have loaded the colour onto the brush, tap the handle sharply on a flat, hard surface to remove any excess, which will mean you don’t apply too much to the face and that there aren’t loose particles of bronzer in the air for you to breathe in. Allow ten minutes after applying moisturizer before making up. This will encourage the makeup to stay put for longer, avoiding the need for touche ups during the day.
APPLY USING FINGERS SPONGE OR BRUSH
Apply Using Fingers: Liquid and cream foundations most easily applied with your fingers giving you the greatest amount of control and flexibility. Spot and smudge simple.
Apply Using Sponge: A compact is best applied with a sponge. A sponge also great for foundation giving you a light foundation base layer. Please note that sponges harvest bacteria, so clean your sponge with every use, or use disposable sponges and throw away.
Apply Using Brush: Brushes are not only good for loose powder but work wonders for applying foundation. The foundation looks perfect when using a good foundation brush. It gives it the really light fine look on the skin and perfect tool for reapplying your foundation during the day. Once again brushes like sponges harvest bacteria, so it is important to clean the brush after usage.
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