The application of a foundation is the key to a smooth, glowing skin tone. However, there are some things you need to know first before applying foundation makeup. Here are some basic rules that should be followed when making your product selection.
Foundation Is Key
Your foundation makeup is the key to whether your makeup will look good or bad. The application of a god well chosen foundation will help to smooth out your skin tone, conceal blemishes and leave you with a more healthy glow. Applying makeup without a good foundation base can and actually does enhance unsightly skin problems, rather than conceal them. But before you head out to the store, here are some basic rules that should be followed when making your foundation selection.
How Do I Choose A Foundation Makeup Base?
Firstly, you need to select the correct colour for your skin tone. Many times, people choose foundations that are either too light making them look washed out and pale, or too dark ; which often leaves a line of makeup between the jaw and neck. This definitely will make you look like you have decided to wear a mask, this is fine if you are going to a fancy Dress and intend to look like that but for a date or job interview it is a no no . The foundation colour that you choose must blend in with your natural skin tone.
Also you must keep in mind that your skin tone colour will change with the seasons. So in the summer for instance, you will most likely need a slightly darker foundation colour, as your skin will tan somewhat (even if not on purpose you will tan in the summer as you still need to go outside sometimes.) In the winter your skin will lighten again back to its original tone and you should use your natural base colour foundation makeup.
Deciding Between Liquid and Powder Foundations
The next decision should be to determine whether or not you would prefer a powder foundation or a liquid foundation makeup. This tends to fall into personal choice as there is no right or wrong choice here, although there are pros and cons to both types.
Most women seem these days seem to prefer the liquid foundation base. As it seems to be a lot quicker and so much easier to apply. Once blended into the skin,the liquid foundation makeup appears to be more natural and lighter, giving the skin a naturally smooth and all over even appearance. However, how it is applied can also make a difference. Applying too much will cause streaks and spots that look “heavier” than others on your skin. Using a makeup sponge rather than using a finger can help a lot with creating a smooth, even appearance. Always remember to apply a small amount of liquid foundation at a time and blend it into your skin carefully.
One other advantage of a liquid foundation is that it actually absorbs into yourskin rather than sitting on the top of it, so you get a more natural skin tone appearance. It also comes in a variety of bases to suit women with dry skin, normal skin, oily skin, combination skin, and sensitive skin types.
Powder foundations are much less of the popular choice, but can and does work just as well as any liquid foundation makeup if you know how to apply it correctly. It’s so easy to apply and there is even less blending involved. They are also great for people that have very oily skin, as the powder will soak up the oil and prevent a greasy appearance. You can also carry a compact powder case with you on the days when you need to do a slight touch up to your makeup or on days that are hot and humid, to rid your face of that dreaded shine.
A slight problem with powders, however, is that they can look like they are caked on your face if applied to heavily or after a couple of hours in warm weather. They also tend to rub off on clothes easier since the powder sits on top of your skin.
Another Choice: Liquid-Powder Foundations
Liquid-powder foundation combinations are another choice that seems to be rapidly gaining in popularity. This type of foundation comes in a compact, much like powder bases, but contains a somewhat creamy mixture. Application of this foundation gives you a smooth appearance, almost like a liquid,but with the absorption benefits of a powder. However, you will have to be very careful when applying this type of foundation, since a heavy application will give you a caked clown like appearance. Like the liquids, the key here is to apply it lightly and blend well. This combination is not the best for people with dry skin as it will also give you a horrible patchy skin like appearance. Choose this type of foundation only if you have normal to oily skin.
If this is the first time you are going to buy a foundation, you should visit a make-up counter that allows you to try out the various products or seek out a professional make-up artist to help you with your selection. For those that have a problematic skin, such as severe acne breakouts, I personally recommend that you should visit your dermatologist first. They can help you with making a wiser choice on the type of foundation would work best, plus will provide you with other skin care options to help clear up any underlying issues.
Remember, the best makeup techniques start with a good foundation that is appropriate for your skin type and skin tone. Be smart and take the time to research what is out there before spending money on any product. You’ll be happy you did.
And as always my final tip has nothing to do with make up but applies to all of us and it is this.
Stay hydrated drink plenty of water and eat plenty of fruit and veg