With fall rightaround the corner, it’s time to dig out your foundation. BB creams and tinted moisturizers are great for light summer coverage, but when the weather starts to get cool and the nights get longer, you’ll want to reach for a foundation. It makes it easy to fake perfect skin and provide long lasting coverage. Confused about finding and wearing your perfect foundation? Read on!
Choosing a Foundation
When selecting a foundation, color is key. If you can test out actual foundations, test the color on your neck where your skin tone is more even. Liquids or mousse foundations tend to be the easiest to apply, but your skin type will tell you the best kind to use. If your skin is dry choose a liquid, stick or hydrating powder as these will deliver moisture to the skin. If your skin is oily, select an oil-free liquid or powder since they absorb oil and leave your skin with a matte, smooth look. Combination skin ladies can use whatever they like, but Oprah suggests a powder as it “allows you to distribute more of the oil-absorbing makeup where you need it and less where you don’t, without leaving visible lines.” Regardless of skin type, look for bottles or tubes with words like “light weight,” or “sheer” for the best everyday results.
Wearing a Foundation
Applying too much or too little foundation can leave your skin looking fake or lifeless. Finding a formula that fits your skin is important, but applying foundation is even more important for achieving a natural, radiant look. First thing is first, no matter what kind of foundation you’ve selected; apply foundation with a brush. Why a brush? Applying foundation with your fingers can transfer dirt and oil to your face while sponges eat up too much valuable product. A brush helps you apply foundation evenly, cleanly, and leaves you with a velvet-y finish. To apply, put small dots of foundation on your forehead, nose, and chin and then apply downward and outward. This puts more foundation on the areas you need more coverage and less towards the outside where you need less coverage. Have a blemish? Lightly dot concealer on top of it with a concealer brush before and after applying foundation to ensure it stays covered all day long.
If any parts of your face look a little shiny, use a buffing brush to lightly swirl a powder in circular motion the areas before applying your blush. Lastly, don’t forget to apply your smile and you’ll be looking beautiful.