You don’t have to be a celebrity on the red carpet to achieve flawless looking skin. The only magic wand you really need is the right foundation applied to perfection.
Finding Your Shade
But how do you know what foundation to choose? It starts with the right color. The best way to find your ideal shade is by testing it on your jaw line, while standing in natural light. This will give you the most natural and accurate idea of what shade works best for your skin. If you have to work to blend the foundation into your skin, it is not the right color.
Finding Your Type
In addition to color, you also want to choose the right type of foundation for your skin. If you have dry skin, look for a foundation that is hydrating. For oily skin, pick a foundation that is formulated to be oil-free. If you want SPF protection, you can also choose a foundation that provides this feature.
These days, foundations come in a variety of styles, from liquid to powder. For some, the style is a personal choice, but for others, skin type determines what style will work best.
Liquid and powder foundations work well on dry, oily and normal skin. If you have combination skin, try using a powder foundation, which allows you to evenly distribute the foundation across all areas of your skin. Foundation in stick form works best for dry skin because it is usually creamy and hydrating.
Preparing for Application
No matter what type of foundation you use, flawless skin always starts with proper hydration. So before you apply your makeup, make sure to clean and moisturize your skin. You can also add a primer if you want to your makeup to stay on all day, or need to minimize shiny areas or pores.
Creating a Flawless Face
One of the best things about foundation is it allows you to choose your coverage. You can apply just a little for light coverage, or use a brush or sponge for heavier, full coverage.
For fuller coverage, apply foundation onto the bridge of your nose, the apples of your cheeks, your chin, above you lips, your forehead and below your jawline. You can use your fingers or a makeup sponge or flat brush, to blend in your foundation in starting in the middle of your face and working your way out.
For lighter coverage, apply a few dots of foundation only on areas you want to cover. Next, use your fingers to dab the foundation into your skin.
To finish off the look, use a translucent powder to reduce any shiny areas or to reflect light. Start by dusting the powder from your hair down one side of your face and up over your nose, and then back down the other side of your face.