Foundation Mistakes to AVOID!

Hello Lovelies,

So don’t deny it’s happened to the best of us where we do a quick rush job on the face and we are gone like a bat out of hell, huffing and puffing, when your 8 year old turns and asks “whats wrong with your face”?!! Eh ‘nothing’ is the response until you look in the mirror and frighten the bejeesus out of yourself!  Yep we have done it and not ashamed to say it, but I bet you learned something from it, am I right? foundation should match your skin not someone else’s!

Today’s post is a quick guide on what mistakes to avoid when applying foundation. So grab a cuppa and take note!

Picking Your Foundation Shade:

This can be the most frustrating part of makeup.  Countless shades to choose from yellow, pink, olive tones, sheer to medium, full coverage, it can be so complicated to pick the perfect one to suit you.  So my advise would be to always ask for a tester first, makeup counters such as Mac, Estee Lauder, etc… always have them so take advantage of this.  Ask for a light, medium and dark shade to be sure you have selected one that will match you.

Never test their and then because I can guarantee by the time you get home it will look completely different.  The lighting in these stores are completely different to the natural everyday light, this is when and where you should be testing your foundation.  I know a lot of the drugstores/pharmacies don’t offer samples but they have testers, try them on, bring a little compact mirror, go outside and see if it blends into the neck.  This is the only way you are going to get a perfect shade match.

We don’t want to end up like this ..

To test you simply apply three strokes of the different shade samples and place from the jawline to the neck, the one that blends into the neck, is the one you should be purchasing. Obviously if you are going to be purchasing a shade for nighttime wear take into consideration that you will be possibly wearing tan.

Foundation Type:

So we have our shade, but does it suit our skin type.  Just because we like the sound of a dewy finish to a foundation doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to suit your skin type.  If you have oily skin you should be avoiding foundations with illuminating ingredients in them, as these will only have you looking like a shiny hot sweaty mess!


Look for oil free or Matte foundations that are suitable for oily/combination skin type.

The Same applies to dry skin, don’t choose matte shades or powder foundations, as these will only make your skin look dull and cakey.


You need the dewy/illuminating or hydrating ingredients in foundation formulas to give you that natural glow and dewiness to the skin.

Foundation Flashback

Have you ever wondered why your face shows up white even though it looks perfect in person? Or better yet when when ur sitting with your pals on a night out and there is a fab group photo and in the back ground is this white pasty face, well my friend this is down to the SPF in your foundation or moisturiser plus the flash on the camera!  Yes SPF is important in both products, but I would recommend only for day time wear and change it up for nights out, the sun isn’t going to harm us in a dark club but a fricken flash from a camera can!! Yikes!!! Personally I find anything above SPF 15 will tend to flashback so I would refrain from using anything higher then this at an event where you know there will be flash photography

Another common error is the white powder flashback ooh good lord many celebrities have been caught with this major boo boo on the red carpet!  This is due to, again the flash from a camera picking up the light-reflecting particles in your makeup and giving your skin this white chalky appearance.

So how do we prevent this?  So besides sorting out the SPF issue, I am always aware of using to much illuminating products such as concealers, highlighters or HD powder as the light-reflection particles in these products can cause the (above pic) dreaded reaction from a flash, so I like to use them in moderation.  Only highlighting with either or, such as, if i’m using a concealer to highlight, I won’t set it with a lighter powder i’ll opt for a more translucent shade, and only focus my highlighting on the cheekbones, bridge of nose etc… less is always more.

If you are still in doubt take a sly selfie with a flash to check before you leave the house that everything is perfect. #shamelessselfie has it’s importance!!

Not using primer underneath your foundation

I get asked so many times about “why isn’t my foundation staying put” or “my foundation gets patchy”  and the question I always ask “do you wear a primer”?  Primers can make your skin look 100 times better then without.  It helps to smooth and even skin tone while also giving you a longer lasting effect on your foundation!

Like foundation choose one to suit your skin type e.g matifying primers for oliy skin, illuminating primers for dry skin.  All these essential products will make a perfect canvas for foundation application. 

Put the Hands Down Ladies!

We have all done this, applying the foundation with our hands and slapping it all over the mush, but ladies let me tell you this, for a flawless finish you need to invest in some foundation tools, they don’t have to be expensive, just practical!  

Applying your foundation with your hands can leave streaks and patchiness on the skin, nevermind the amount of product that is wasted!  Go get some brushes, work the foundation in using buffing, circular motions and you can thank me later for the results!  

These are the foundation brushes that I tend to use to achieve a perfect flawless foundation!   

  

Once I apply with my brush I go over with my damp beauty blender to pick up any excess foundation that sits in the fine lines!  This will help achieve a more smooth flawless appearance!  

So that’s it ladies, my take on how to avoid some major foundation disasters!  Hope it helps and don’t for forget we are always on hand to answer any makeup related questions you can catch us on our Facebook page Lisas’Livin’Pretty or our snap chat makeupbylisa or lisabeth-86.

Thanks for reading this far and hope you all have a fab weekend!  We are heading to one of our besties hen this weekend the excitement!! Enjoy ladies xx

Lisa D xx
 

 

 

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Bridal Beauty – Our Essential Products

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Hi Lovelies

As makeup artists the arrival of Spring means one thing……WEDDING SEASON!! We’re busy prepping our kits for the busiest time of the year. We’ve been working as bridal makeup artists for a long time now and inevitably we have found some favourite products along the way. As you probably know by now, we are the ultimate makeup junkies and when new products come on the market we are always first in the queue. No matter how many newbies we try though, there are old reliable’s that we always come back to. It’s the most important day of the brides life and probably the most important makeup of her life too….working on a bride the morning of her wedding is not the time to be trying a new product for the first time to see how it fares. We’ll always go back to the tried and tested products that never fail and we thought you guys might like to know what we swear by….

 

Estee Lauder DoubleWear Light Foundation

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It really is all about that base and when it comes to bridal makeup and this foundation never lets me down. It has all the coverage that the original DoubleWear has but with a much lighter formula that looks flawless on the skin. I find it works lovely on all skin types and only needs to be powdered if the skin is very oily. Without powder it has a nice fresh finish that stays put all day. It’s available in shades 0.5 (lightest) to 6 (darkest) and I find I use shades 2 and 3 the most. At around €38 it’s not cheap, but it sure is worth it for our beautiful brides.

 
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Mac Paintpot
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One of the things we get asked most is how we get the makeup to last so long. We’ve had reports of perfect makeup well into the early hours and even the next day (not that we would ever recommend going to bed with your makeup on!!) And part of the answer is using long-lasting products as a base for every step. With eyemakeup this comes in the form of Macs ProLongwear Paintpots. These are cream eyeshadows with serious staying power. Buffed on to the eyelid and into the crease they create the perfect base for any eye look just apply your powder eyeshadows on top, although they can also be worn alone. They come in lots of colours but the most used for bridal makeup would probably be Painterly (beige matte), Bare Study (cream pearl),  Rubenesque (light gold pearl) or Groundwork (light brown matte). Again not the cheapest at €21 each but definitely worth every penny.

 
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Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner
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Now I’m fairly sure we’ve mentioned this eyeliner on here before because it really is the best gel liner out there. On the brides big day she’s going to want peace of mind that her makeup is not going anywhere….even if there’s a few happy tears. So waterproof liner and mascara are an absolute must. This liner is the only one I’ve found to be truly waterproof, this stuff does not budge unless cleansed off with an oil-based makeup remover. I use shade 77 and it’s the blackest black and not that wishywashy greyish black you can get with other gel liners. Strong eyeliner is not everyone’s choice for their wedding day but this liner also works lovely blended softly into the lash line to create a more subtle definition. This is a bit of a bargain at €15 and even if it was double the price, I’d still buy it!!

This list could go on and on, we didn’t even mention skincare or fixing sprays, brow products or lippies but maybe we’ll leave them for another blog post. Next weekend we are off to a Bridal Makeup Masterclass with the AMAZING Amber Dean (look her up if you haven’t already!!) so no doubt we’ll come home with a list of new products we’ll be adding to the bridal kit.

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If you have any bridal makeup queries you can contact either of us through Facebook and we’ll be happy to help, we can be booked individually or together for larger groups 🙂

 

Until next time,

Live Pretty,

Lisa M xx