Foundation helps to smooth out your skin tone, cover blemishes and offers you a healthier glow. Applying makeup without a foundation base actually accentuates unsightly skin problems, rather than conceal them. Selecting and applying foundation is a simple procedure, but there are pitfalls. The following are the step-by-step procedures, which enables you to choose and apply foundation.
Decide what type of look you want. Foundations generally include coverage from sheer to heavy and finish that range from matte to satin. Degree of coverage and type of finish is purely your own personal choice.
Once you have chosen the ideal formulation for you, you are ready to choose the perfect shade to match your skin tone. There are good selections of foundation shades available from the lightest of shades for pale skin to shades for the darkest skin tones. The following are the ways, which allows you to know how to select the perfect shade for you.
Steps to select the perfect Shade:
• Make sure you are in natural daylight when trying out foundation colors, so you can exactly see how your skin will look once you leave the shop.
• Select the shades, which look as though they will match your skin.
• Do not try the foundation on your hand or on your wrist- they are a different color to your face.
• Stroke a little color onto your jaw line to make yourself sure to get a tone that will mix with your neck as well as your face. The shade, which seems to “disappear” into your skin, is the best choice for you.
Begin with clean hands and face and apply the moisturizer appropriate to your skin type. Allow your skin to moisturize for a few minutes, particularly if your skin is oily. Applying foundation to clean moisturized skin ensures you have a perfect base with which to work. Apply foundation at least ten minutes after moisturizing. If you do not allow the moisturizer to absorb into the skin, your foundation may come-off.
When applying foundation use a sponge – using your fingertips may result in an uneven, greasy finish. Dampen the sponge first squeezing out the excess moisture – this will make the foundation application easier and avert the sponge from soaking up too much foundation. Place a small amount of foundation on the back of one hand and again dip your makeup sponge in it. Apply foundation by dotting it on your chin, forehead, cheeks and nose and then blend each one with your sponge. Mix it out to your hair and jaw line until and unless the foundation vanishes. You need to pay particular attention to blending around the nose, mouth and jaw line.
This step is optional but you may find it beneficial. A light brushing of powder on your foundation sets the foundations thereby making it long lasting. If oil surfaces during the day, spot that area with a tissue and then apply a light dusting of powder.