Thursday, May 25, 2017

FLAWLESS FOUNDATION


Flawless skin, we all want it! Far too often I see too much foundation being used, most commonly on ladies who seem to have near perfect skin. I think so many of us are insecure about our skin and think it's best to just cover it up. Don't get me wrong, foundation is a wonderful gift from the make-up gods, but it still needs to be applied with the intention of skin looking like skin. 

Modern foundation is used to even out skin tone and smooth over the texture. There are so many amazing foundations on the market, so forget the colour fast stay all day foundations of yesteryear. It's time to let your skin breath.

Evaluate where your skin really needs coverage, even if you feel as though your skin is really bad, it's best to use a lighter coverage foundation and then pin point conceal any blemishes with a small brush.


Common mistakes & how to avoid them...


Neckline Lines...

The foundation is too dark for your skin when you can see a visible orange line on the jawline. To avoid this, make sure you match your foundation to your cheek it should blend into your skin. Make sure to take your foundation over and down past your jawline, and blend. If you feel you are lacking colour, rather use a bronzing powder on a large soft brush to give yourself some colour.

"Ginger" Hairlines...

When too much foundation is used and the excess is blended into the hair line, the hair goes orange. Foundation isn't meant to be applied like a moisturiser, use little dots, on the forehead, nose, chin and blend outwards with your finger tips. Apply where needed. Rather build up and use more if needed.

Khaki/Muddy Skin Tones (wrong skin tone and messy application)

This may be for a few reasons, but I think it's always best to apply your make-up in natural daylight not in artificial light.

*Pro Tip*

  • Apply your eye make up first and then clean off any drop off under the eyes or cheeks. Then go on to apply your foundation and concealer. 
  • Match your foundation in daylight and remember to adjust the colour in summer and winter as your skin will lighten significantly in the winter months. Invest in two shades and blend the right colour if you are in between tones.

Application... 

Start by applying a small amount of foundation with foundation brush (I love the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush) blending in circular movements, this creates an airbrushed finish. 

Concealer is your best friend when it comes to covering spots and imperfections, as you can see my Bobbi Brown Pallet is well used and loved! Pinpoint conceal spots with a small tipped brush and blend edges with a fluffy brush or your finger.

Under eye concealer and spot concealer are two different products! Under eye concealer is a tone lighter than your skin tone and should have a more liquid texture. The aim of this is to brighten under the eye at the same time camouflaging any dark circles. I use Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer.

Spot concealer must match your skin and foundation colour perfectly and is of a thicker texture with good coverage. This is only used on red or dark spots and areas that need a bit of help with extra coverage. This can be applied with a small brush and blended with your finger tips, best tool in your make-up kit!

Lastly use a little translucent power to set the concealer you have applied. 
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