Now that we have absolutely nailed our skincare and our faces are glowing like angels, we get to move onto the fun stuff – foundation! The finished look of your foundation will rely a lot on the type of brush that you use so here are a few tips to help you choose!
To get a sheerer, flawless looking application that will leave people asking if you woke up like that, use soft fibred brushes with looser hair bunches such as Blank Canvas ‘F20’, Nima Brush ‘Caroline’, Nima Brush ‘Terrie’ Urban Decay ‘UD Pro Optical Blurring brush’, MAC #187.
For a fuller coverage, use a denser or stiffer brush – MAC #190, Chanel ‘No6’ foundation brush, Nima Brush ‘CJ’, Charlotte Tilbury foundation brush, Blank Canvas F27 – these will give a fuller coverage straight away as opposed to building up layers of foundation.
Always start with a small amount of product on your brush. It’s easier to add makeup than it is to take it away if you feel there is too much and you will have more control over the finished look.
When applying, work from the centre of the face outwards. You will get optimum coverage in the areas that need it most and as you blend the product out towards the edge of your face it will become more sheer. Generally, across the cheeks, centre of the forehead, nose and chin will need the most coverage but obviously you can tweak this to suit your needs – if you feel that, for whatever reason, your ears need more coverage, then GO FOR IT!
One major thing to remember when applying foundation is to completely leave it away from your eye area (think panda eyes – nowhere near your lid or the natural crease under your eye). The skin around the eyes is a lot thinner than the rest of your face and the majority of foundations aren’t designed with this in mind. They can be too heavy and drying on this delicate skin so always use an under eye highlighter or concealer in place of foundation around the eye area.
When choosing a concealer, look at the undertone of the area that you want to cover. For example, if you want to cover a blemish or redness in the cheeks, you will need to use something with a yellow undertone to counteract the redness. If you want to conceal any blue/grey tones around the eyes, use something with a pink or peach undertone to warm it up. If you are concealing around the eyes, you can do that after you’ve applied foundation, otherwise, conceal first and use your foundation to achieve a consistent skin tone.
You should aim to have your under eye concealer slightly lighter than your foundation colour – maybe a shade or two. This will brighten up around the eye area, draw focus to your eye makeup and will conceal any dark circles.
Use your fingers to melt the concealer into your skin by pressing and patting it in. Try to avoid rubbing the skin along your eyes as it can cause it to lose elasticity (and cause lines and wrinkles, nooooo!) This will not only help it to look more flawless and seamless but it will help it to last longer and deter it from creasing throughout the day.
As fun as it is to watch YouTube and Instagram tutorials (there are loads of tips to be learned!) – don’t feel you have to use 17 different products to contour your face just because everyone else is doing it! Sure, you may have a day that you want to wear ten layers of makeup & attempt to perfect that cream contour technique, but if you’re going to spend 8 hours of your day sitting behind your desk in work, I’m going to guess that you probably won’t have an hour and half in the morning to paint your face. Use a contour powder or bronzer to give your face a little bit of definition without looking too overdone. Also remember not to go too wild with your bronzer – stick to 2-3 shades darker than your foundation if you just want a little bit of warmth in your skin.
Lastly, only powder where needed! It is a common misconception that everyone should wear powder over their makeup to help it stay on (thanks Instagram/YouTube tutorials!) In reality, everyone’s skin is different and needs different things. For example, I have dehydrated skin and for the most part I can’t put powder near my face without looking like a shrivelled up prune in about 10 seconds flat – a lot of powder on my face sinks into any fine lines I have and makes my skin look much duller and – dare I say it – older than it is… But for someone who is prone to a shiny t-zone during the day, a little bit of blot powder is their best friend to keep the shine away and keep everything in place. The bottom line – choose a powder suited to your skin type and needs. Not everyone needs a powder so know what category you fall into
There is no right or wrong way to do makeup – it’s all about what you feel comfortable in. Beauticians and makeup artists will always be there to advise you what will suit you best, but at the end of the day – you gotta do you!