Foundation Application 101

Do you often notice in pictures that your face is whiter than your neck? There are also some instances when at mid-day upon applying powder you notice that your face gets “cakey.” Do you wonder why that happens? The answers are: WRONG FOUNDATION and WRONG APPLICATION.

People think that applying foundation is easy. For professionals whose skills were honed by years of practice, it’s second nature. For those who are starting out, there are a number of things you need to know about foundation application.

First thing, check your skin type. Do you have oily, dry or normal skin?

If you have oily skin go for water-based products to avoid looking greasy. Water based products help lessen the oil on the face as well as those minute touch-ups. Oil-based foundation works well for people who have dry skin, as it minimizes the appearance of fine lines.

Experiment with the kind of foundation that you’re compatible with. These days, cosmetic companies offer you a number of foundations to choose from.

• Tinted Moisturizers
• Liquid Foundation
• Mousse Foundation
• Concealer
• Mineral Foundation
• Airbrush Foundation

Types of Foundation and Application:


1. Tinted Moisturizers – This is a two-in-one product that’s best for dry skin as it moisturizes and at the same time gives just the right amount of coverage. Apply only on the desired area and dab evenly to spread enough tinted moisturizer on the face. Vaseline offers tinted moisturizers, and I’ve heard good reviews.

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2. Liquid Foundation – The most common types of foundation are available in drugstores. Some liquid foundations offer 24-hour staying power and are either waterproof or non-waterproof. When applying liquid foundation, use a sponge or foundation brush to even out the color but make sure to apply foundation on the neck as well.


3. Concealer – Concealer gives maximum coverage of blemishes, evens out skin tone and conceals red spots. Note that there are different colors of concealers. Yellow concealer is used to tone down dark or blue under-eye shadows. Green concealer is used to minimize or conceal red spots. Lavender or purple is sometimes used to highlight certain parts like the nose to create a more streamlined effect. Apply concealer with a concealer brush and dab it using a sponge to spread the coverage.

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4. Mineral Foundation – Mineral foundation or makeup became an instant hit especially for people who have extra sensitive skin. Mineral foundation usually has the consistency of talc. Use a wet sponge or brush to apply mineral foundation. Remember that the effect you want with foundation is a flawlessly natural look.


5. Airbursh Foundation- I’ve always loved the effect of airbrush foundation on my face, the feeling is light. It’s as if I have no makeup on! The thing when applying with an airbrush is; you need enough practice as it is the type of foundation that’s the most difficult to apply. You need a steady hand to balance and even out the color on your face. You’ll probably need someone to do it for you at first, but you can’t be depending on other people to do that for you forever. My advice is, study your face and with your eyes closed apply the airbrush foundation. There will be wastage, and hits and misses but when you develop a steady hand it will be worth it.

Always remember that the right shade of foundation is a must to make your face look natural. Start with a light application since you can add more coverage if you want. And lastly, make it a point to even out the color to avoid make-up blotches on the face.

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