Foundation is the base of your makeup, setting the tone for how our entire look will turn out. While applying foundation seems easy enough – choose your colour and buff it on, there are certain techniques that can totally transform your look. Applying foundation improperly can cause it to separate or leave your makeup looking caked on and flakey. If you want beautiful glowing skin, these brilliant foundation hacks are here to save the day.
10 Brilliant Foundation Hacks
1. Start Conservatively
The goal with foundation is for it to look as natural as possible, so your skin still looks like your skin. You don’t want to go overboard and have a face that’s caked in foundation. Start by applying a light layer of foundation and add more until you have the right amount of coverage. You’ll likely have to apply more in some areas than others. Look for any visible blemishes and apply a light layer to those specific spots until you’re happy with the coverage.
2. For Oily Skin, Set Before Applying Foundation
This is a great hack if you deal with oily skin. Start with your setting powder and setting spray before applying your foundation. This will create a smooth, even and matte base, and will also make your foundation last longer. It also reduces the need for blotting papers throughout the day, as you won’t have to worry about your skin getting too oily. Apply setting powder all over a clean face, spritz with a setting spray, prep with primer and then apply your foundation. You’ll see it step-by-step in the video below.
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3. Create a Glowy Finish
If you want a dewy finish with your foundation, mix a gel-textured smoothing primer with your foundation. This will give your complexion the perfect amount of glow that doesn’t look oily. The primer will help with shine control, while instantly hydrating your skin to give you a gorgeous base for the rest of your makeup look.
4. Buff, Don’t Paint
Never rub or paint your foundation onto your skin. Instead, you’ll want to apply your foundation in a dabbing/tapping motion for a flawless finish. Whether you’re using a foundation brush, beauty sponge, or your fingers, avoid any wiping or rubbing motions as this will cause streaks. You should be gently pressing/buffing your foundation so that it melts into your skin.
5. Combine Foundation with Moisturizer for Dry Skin
Dry skin can cause your makeup to look flaky and textured. To prevent this beauty blunder, mix your foundation with your favourite moisturizer to create a super hydrating blend that will refresh your complexion. Apply your hybrid product with a beauty sponge to make it look extra dewy.
6. Apply Your Foundation Last for a Natural Look
Thanks to makeup artists like Mary Phillips, who paints the faces of celebs like Hailey Bieber and Kendall Jenner, we have the technique of applying your complexion products in reverse to create a more natural finish. With this technique, you start with applying and blending a cream or liquid blush, then applying your contour, concealer and highlight and ending with foundation. This creates a gorgeous, glow-from-within finish you just have to try.
7. ‘Water Down’ Your Foundation
If you want your foundation to look fresh, dewy and smooth, try this hack that has you “watering down” your foundation. Place some of your go-to foundation on a makeup palette, then spritz it with a setting spray to water it down. You can also spray your face with the setting spray for extra hydration. Use a Beauty Blender to spread your makeup on thin and apply it by bouncing it onto your skin.
8. How to Stop Foundation From Separating on Face Easy Hacks | Nina Ubhi
If your foundation separates while it’s on your skin, you’re going to want to check out these hacks. She shows you how to apply your skincare and put on every layer so that it stops your foundation from separating on your face. These are changes you can easily make to your current routine that could totally transform your look. She uses products like the Dior Forever Glow Foundation, the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and the Drunk Elephant C-Tango Eye Cream.
9. Use Similar Textures for Your Products
If you’re going for a lightweight, natural look, all your products need to work in unison. To maintain a dewy glow, use products with similar textures. So, if you’re using a liquid foundation, your bronzer, blush and highlighter should be in liquid or cream form too. This makes it less likely for you to experience pilling and will give you a very flawless look. And always make sure to shake your foundation. Lightweight products can separate in the bottle, and you want to ensure the liquid combines for gorgeous, even coverage.
10. Proper Prep is Key
A good skincare routine makes all the difference when it comes to foundation application. You need to balance out your skin, whether it’s dry or oily, and prep the eye area so your foundation sits well and stays put. Do your complete skincare routine right before applying your makeup for beautiful, glowing results.
The way you apply your foundation can make a huge difference in your overall makeup look. Use these tips and hacks to perfect your application!
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