How to apply foundation?
Step 1 – First apply moisturizer to your face.
Step 2 – Shake the foundation bottle well. Dab some into your palm.
Step 3 – Dip in your fingers or a triangular sponge, and dot on your cheeks, your chin, your forehead, and your nose.
Step 4 – Smooth it over your face and gently blend in upward, outward motions, making sure not to forget the side of your nose, under your eyebrows, along the jaw line, blending an inch below the jaw line and chin.
Step 5 – Gently blot the face with a tissue when you are done, to soak up any excess oil. Your foundation should feel light and natural. In fact, if you can feel it at all, you have put on too much.
FOUNDATION APPLYING TIP 1:
If your water-based foundation dries out, add a few drops of alcohol-free toner and shake to get rid of clumps. A bit of toner will also make an oil-based foundation sheerer and less oily. (Note: oil-based foundations separate; shake each time before you use them.)
FOUNDATION APPLYING TIP 2:
If you have facial hair, apply foundation in the downward direction to minimize the impact of facial hair.
Applying Foundation for Mature Skin
On a mature skin, do not apply foundation on the fine lines around the eyes. It makes the lines more prominent by accumulating there. So avoid the under eye areas in mature skins. For an evening makeup, you can mix some astringent or water in a little foundation to dilute it and then use it on these areas.
Q. I am scared of using foundation because I feel it may give my face a very artificial look. Can you help me?
A. Foundation or base, should let your skin glow without looking like a mask. Use very little and add a few drops of water to it if it appears thick. Foundation is meant to cover up the odd stop, scar or discoloration. Select a shade that matches your skin tone, never one that is lighter or darker.
Testing the shade on the back of your hand is not the right way; test on the side of your face, instead. Remember to blend well, especially on the jaw or neckline. Set with a dusting or pressed powder, using a large powder brush or a powder puff.