Learning how to apply makeup of any kind plays a significant role in the impact of the whole makeup result. It really makes a difference to recognize that each part of your makeup application needs to be done well. Even the most gorgeous eye makeup application will not counter a poor foundation application.
So how do you achieve a flawless finish with base makeup (and avoid the pitfalls of this more tricky application)?
With a little practice you can improve technique such as placement, blending, better understand the time frame products are workable, and the ideal tools and techniques that best suit your needs.
The more you understand the variables in the application, the better you will be at working with them and the closer you will come to flawless applications.
Watch out for these saboteurs of a great finish:
To begin with, figure out what
product serves your desired finish,
your coverage needs
and your skin type
best. Consider the best foundation
options available to you.
There are lots of cosmetic companies producing these products, each
with a variety of formulations i.e. oil-free, water based, with
sunscreen etc., and a variety of formats i.e. liquid, compact, stick,
and powder. Not to mention adding to the foundation options mix, things
moisturizers and skin illuminators.
Natural light and your jaw line are the best
tones of foundation, concealer and powder. You can ask for the
of a *knowledgeable professional if you aren't confident in your
your skin tone. Generally speaking, there are three general
groupings for skin tone; cool, warm and neutral. An easy test to
point you in the right direction? Look at the underside of your
wrist. If your veins appear more green, you are warm toned.
If your veins appear more blue-purple, then you are cool skin
toned. If you still aren't sure, you may be neutral skin toned
and in this case, err on the side of yellow based shades.
*MAC cosmetics counters are great when it comes to knowledgeable assistance, and offer a high quality product line up, to boot.
Although there may be a variety of opinions among the pros on what
makeup is applied first and what technique to be used in it's
application, I think we can all agree that it depends on the on the
occasion, individual skin needs, desired results and the formulations
of products being used.
In other words, after considering the below general rule of thumb,
your own needs will shape the choices you make and experience is truly
the best teacher.
Once you have
applied your foundation, you can then assess what, if any other
coverage is necessary. Why?
#1 When you apply in this sequence you tend to use less makeup... and less is truly more (in most cases).
#2 You also avoid the annoyance of the foundation application wiping away the concealer.
If you are using a cream cream blush or bronzer, or stain, then these would come before dusting with powder. Experimenting is best as some of these products still function well on top of powder.
*Professional applications follow the criteria that meet the needs of film and studio or set lighting.
Last word on
how to apply makeup...
The flawless face was made famous by Laura Mercier, a brilliant pro makeup artist , and cosmetics company founder. She has something called The Flawless Face Kit, if you really want to minimize the decision making on super customized product selections (and still get as close to a flawless finish as possible). It comes with a primer, tinted moisturizer, concealer duo for a perfectly blended skin tone match, blending sponges, and quality brushes.
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