Steps To Applying Flawless Foundation

Creating a flawless foundation may appear difficult especially after several attempts that will end up with blotches, patches and caking. When you look at magazines, you will see cover girls with full coverage and flawless foundation—no no caking, streaks, or patches. The truth is, there are tips that you can follow to achieve a flawless foundation application:

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•Wash your face.
It is always important to have a clean face before applying foundation. Using a good facial cleanser, gently cleanse your face. Continue to work on a lather. Remember to wash and not rub. Rinse your face thoroughly with lukewarm water.

•Apply a toner.
Apply a facial toner after washing your face. It removes the excess dirt from your skin. It also removes the residues from your facial cleanser. It not only freshens up your skin but also balances you skin pH after washing. It is best to chill the toner before use to help close your pores.

•Apply moisturizer.
Facial moisturizers help solve issues such as drying, oiliness, and aging of the skin. Most of the moisturizers out in the market contain organic ingredients that help keep the skin healthy-looking. If you have sensitive skin, it is best to choose a moisturizer that has a label saying “non-comedogenic” and “fragrance-free”. For the blemish-prone skin, experts recommend the use of tinted moisturizer. This type helps even out the skin tone and discretely covers the blemishes of the skin. Apply a hefty amount of moisturizer. This is good for the skin since it re-hydrates the face and brings back the lost moisture due to facial cleansing and chemical exposure. Be sure to apply the moisturizer all over the face and the neck. Let it stand for about ten minutes before proceeding to the next step.

•Apply primer.
Apply a primer over your face. This serves as a makeup base for smoother application of make up. Primer can help prolong your makeup application. The advanced formulation of makeup primers helps treat, protect and smooth the skin. It also helps in fighting off the appearance of wrinkles caused by sun exposure and aging. Best buys are those that contain botanical extracts that help diminish redness and blemishes. Some primers also contain sunscreen protection to protect the skin from the harmful UV rays emitted by the sun.

•Choose a foundation.
Select a foundation that is suited to your skin tone. Try on at least three different tones on the back of your hand to determine the best foundation that suits your skin. Apply a small streak from the lower cheek to the upper cheek evenly using a dabbing motion.

•Foundation application.
After choosing the best foundation tone, you can now proceed to coverage. Apply a quarter cent-amount of foundation at the back of your hand. Dip a damp makeup sponge or foundation brush into the foundation. Make sure to keep both sides coated. Apply the makeup in dots over your forehead, cheeks, chin and neck. Blend in an outward motion working toward the hairline and jaw line. Use gentle outward strokes. Finish off by brushing some loose powder over the face and neck.

For a slightly sun-kissed look, apply a hint of bronzer over the cheeks, chin and forehead. Applying your makeup foundation using these methods could help you achieve a flawless look.

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Foundation Tricks Makeup Artists Use to Make Pores Look Smaller

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Large pores are such a bummer. Since pore size is mainly controlled by things like genetics and age, the bad news is that if yours are not so petite, you’ll have to live with it. The good news is that there are lots of skin care products you can use to help minimize the appearance of them. As for makeup, with the right products and a little professional-makeup-artist know-how, you can make your pores look pretty much nonexistent.

Get primed. “To conceal larger pores, it’s important to start with a good primer; that way the makeup won’t accentuate pores. I love Neutrogena Shine Control Primer. It’s weightless and doesn’t feel greasy.” —Daniel Chinchilla, who works with Ariana Grande and Keke Palmer

Even out your skin tone. “Foundation normally exaggerates pores. The best thing to do is even out the skin tone with M.A.C. Studio Face and Body Foundation. If skin is evened out, the pores will blend in better.” —Niki M’nray, who works with Rihanna and Gigi Hadid

Try the Surratt Beauty Surreal Real Skin Foundation Wand. “I have large pores, and I’ve been using this on myself. The finish is gently matte, almost ‘mattine,’ and it really diminishes the look of my pores. Without looking heavy, it evens out the skin, and the wand brush beautifully buffs the product out to near invisibility.” —Fiona Stiles, who works with Gabrielle Union and Chrissy Teigen

Opt for a compact foundation, like Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Fresh and Hydrating Cream Compact. “Using a compact allows for pinpoint coverage in areas where pores are larger. This foundation is light and filled with moisture, making your skin look fresh and your pores lightly concealed, avoiding any clumping of product.” —Robert Greene, who works with Tinashe and Samira Wiley

Or Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation. “It delivers sheer to medium dewy coverage that looks like your skin. Minerals are cut in supersmall particles to reflect light off of the pores.” —Azra Red, who works with Zola Jesus and Sita Abellan

Apply your foundation the right way. “To fill in the pores and blend them, apply the foundation using a synthetic brush in a crosshatching motion. Finish with a soft-focus powder, like the Koh Gen Doh Maifanshi Face Powder to set and bounce the light in the most believable and flattering way.” —Suzy Gerstein, who works with Camilla Belle and Christy Turlington Burns

Try Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup. “This foundation has incredible coverage. It’s a bit heavy, so if you want more sheer coverage, it’s fine to sheer it out with your favorite moisturizer.” —Sarah Tanno, who works with Lady Gaga and Suki Waterhouse

Make sure you have the right tools. “For larger pores, it’s more about the tools than the product. I say Beautyblender all the way. Also, using a stippling brush with your foundation will soften and conceal large pores.” —Edward Cruz, who works with Priyanka Chopra and Kat Graham

How To Make Dark Skin Glow

If a fresh, dewy complexion is important to you, makeup that makes dark skin glow can give your skin the iridescent quality you’re after.

Prep First

Before you apply makeup that makes dark skin glow, you need to prep first. Good skin is the best foundation. You should practice a regular skincare routine that works with your particular skin type. You should also follow a healthy eating plan and drink plenty of water. Great complexions begin on the inside. The more you take care of what goes into your body, the less makeup you’ll have to apply to achieve a glowing look.

After your skin is cleansed, apply a moisturizer–yes, even if you have oily skin. Moisturizer helps your makeup go on evenly.

Makeup that Makes Dark Skin Glow: Colors

Your skin tone may range from olive to chocolate and be considered “dark.” There are makeup colors that will flatter any complexion; the trick is choosing which ones are made just for you.

You’ll likely find a full range of cosmetic colors in nearly every major brand, from mainstream names that cater to all ethnic groups to lines geared toward women of color. The following colors are great for African American skin tones as well as Indian or Hispanic complexions that are tan or darker.

Bronze or Gold

Bronze is an equal opportunity glowing color. It works for eye shadow, blush and allover bronzers. Bronze is a strong color and should be applied to one area. If you wear it as an eye color, sweep it across your eyelids and almost up to your brows, adding a touch of lighter shadow beneath your eyebrow’s arch as a highlighter. If you wear bronze as a cheek color, use a fluffy blush brush to place it on the apples of your cheeks. The darker your skin, the more bronze will contrast with your complexion, making it perfect for nighttime looks.

Pink

Some women with darker skin feel that pink isn’t an option in makeup colors for them, but this is outdated advice. Just make sure you choose the pink that flatters your skin tone best. Women with warm undertones should choose pinks that have flecks of orange or gold in them, or pinks that are yellow-based. Women with cool complexions will look best in pink that contains undertones of blue or purple.

The good thing is that pink is a versatile color. It ranges from pale to deep, so there is a pink out there for everyone. Tan skins look good in rosy pinks, while deep, dark complexions can wear colors such as fuchsia that might overwhelm lighter skin.

Peach

Peach is a pretty, subtle color that brings tan skin to life. It works on eyes, cheeks and lips. You can wear it all over for a natural look. Top a pretty peach lipstick with clear gloss for a shiny, inviting lip look.

Choosing Glowing Makeup

When choosing makeup to give your skin a healthy glow, mineral makeup often has the soft, iridescent qualities you’re looking for. You can choose mineral foundations, blush or loose powders.

Shop for makeup that bills itself as iridescent. For some cosmetic brands, the word to look for might be “pearlescent.” For others, it could be “shimmer” or “sparkle.” Just skip the matte makeup, which is designed to look flat, if you’re after a glowing look.

Tips for Wearing

Makeup that makes your skin glow can be subtle or dramatic.

  • For daytime, choose one feature to highlight, but make sure it’s suitable for work. Anything too glossy or shiny should be saved for nighttime.
  • At night, you can choose those deep colors and heavier applications that are too much for day.
  • If nothing else, dip a fluffy makeup brush into a loose mineral powder and apply it all over your face. This gives your skin a beautiful glow all by itself.