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.
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!
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.
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