Quick Foundation Tips for the Best Match

Do you ever feel like you need to try something different with your foundation?  Or perhaps you’re new to makeup and looking to choose a foundation for the first time, and you’re not quite sure where to start?  I know that it can be a bit overwhelming with so many choices available.  So, I put together a few quick foundation tips to help you get started.  

More resources:

Cream Foundation: Is it for You?

6 Tips for Baking Your Face Makeup

Blending with Setting Powder

Quick Foundation Tips and Misconceptions:

  • Use a primer.  Primer helps smooth out your skin, keeps your makeup in place, and provides a barrier between your skin and the makeup.  This will keep it looking more flawless longer througout the day.
  • Moisturize, regardless of your skin type.  Moisturizer helps plump your skin, which helps smooth out fine lines and wrinkes.  For dry skin, it will help reduce the dryness and flaking, giving you a much smoother look.  For oily skin, it helps control the oil.  When you have oily skin, your body is over-producing oil to make up for the lack of moisture.  By moisturizing, you actually help control the oil.
  • For a more natural, youthful look, choose a dewy finish.  A dewy finish does not mean you look oily; it simply means you look more natural.  This is great for all skin types, again, just be sure to moisturize and prime your skin.  A dewy finish also makes your skin appear brighter.  This is because a matte (powder) finish can make your skin look dry and dull.  Also, it accentuates fine lines, wrinkles, and any dryness or flaking (that’s no good!), so choose a dewy finish, especially as your skin is aging.
  • Full coverage doesn’t mean full face.  Just because you may need additional coverage in some spots does not mean you need full coverage on your entire face.  Choose a light to medium coverage foundation for your entire face, then apply concealer ON TOP of the foundation in the spots where it’s needed.  By doing so, it will lessen the chances of your makeup looking “cakey.”  You’ll also use less product this way, saving you money.
  • Exfoliate your faceExfoliating helps remove flaking from dryness, and it diminishes fine lines and wrinkles.  Plus, it smooths out your skin to give you a more flawless look.

PRO TIP:  Color match to your neck.

  • Do not color match to your face, back of you hand, or wrist.
  • For most people, their face is lighter than their neck.  If you color match to your face, you will look washed out.
  • If you color match to the back of your hand or wrist, well, you’re just going to end up with the wrong color.
  • By color matching to your neck, your face will match your neck, giving you a smooth, even look.  You’ll never have to worry about:
    • Having a “line” on your jaw where the foundation stops
    • Looking washed out
    • Choosing the wrong shade

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