Cosmetics: applying foundation
I wish you had given me more information because without knowing how
you typically apply your makeup, what type of foundation you're using,
what skin-care products you're using, and even the condition of your
skin, there is no way for me to know what step or steps along the way
are going awry for you.
Many factors can affect the way your foundation will end up looking.
I wish it weren't so complicated, but it is. For example, if you have
dry skin and your cleansing/moisturizing routine is leaving the surface
of your skin flaky, foundation can make the problem more noticeable.
Alternatively, if you have oily skin and are using a moisturizer or a
foundation that is too emollient (even an oil-free one can be too
emollient or not oil-absorbing or matte enough), the foundation can
slide right off. Even on oily skin, drying skin-care products can also
cause flaking, so you could have two problems working against you even
before you put on your makeup.
In terms of applying foundation, the right foundation for your skin
type (appropriately matte or appropriately smoothing) and the right
color for your skin tone are paramount. If you had told me your skin
type, I could make some recommendations, I just need more information.
But I don't want to leave you without any suggestions, so following are
a few ideas about some typical mistakes women make when applying
_If you have dry skin, use a moisturizer that reduces flaking, but not one so emollient that it leaves the skin greasy.
_If you have oily skin, do not use a moisturizer. Rather, use a
toner loaded with state-of-the-art ingredients. That way you give the
skin what it needs to look healthy and smooth without adding emollients.
_Don't be afraid to put on enough foundation. A lot of women put on
too little, wiping away more than they blend on. Not enough foundation
means poor, uneven coverage, and unless you have flawless skin that
won't fulfill the goal of applying foundation.
_Some women are really good at applying foundation with their
fingers, but that is the exception rather than the rule. It is rare for
professional makeup artists to ever use their fingers to apply
foundation. A smooth, flat sponge can apply foundation evenly over the
skin. Think of how finger-painting looks on a paper or canvas, and
you'll realize that won't get you the results you're looking for.
_Be sure to apply foundation over the entire eye area. For
foundation to look even, it needs to be applied all over the central
area of the face and then blended out to almost nothing along the jaw.
_When you are done applying foundation, apply a concealer under the
eye area that is only one or two shades lighter than your foundation.
This is basic for creating a brightness around the eye. Be sure to
blend the edges of the concealer into the foundation.
_The last step is to lightly apply a sheer pressed or loose powder
using a brush. This should only be a dusting. Dip the brush into the
loose powder or sweep it across the pressed powder and knock off the
excess, as that reduces the risk of applying too much powder.