3 Foundation Secrets That Everyone Should Know

3 Foundation Secrets That Everyone Should Know

Everyone wants flawless skin and the biggest obstacle to achieving this is striking a balance between, "she has great skin" and "wow, she is really piling on the foundation".

C'mon, we have all seen people with cake-like foundation smeared all over their faces. And it's not cute.

To avoid committing this beauty atrocity, take note of the following quick foundation application tips.

1. Prime The Canvas

Just like an artist that would prime their canvas, it’s equally important to prime your skin before applying makeup so it goes on smoothly. Now, don’t just go out and buy the generic “face primer.”  Make sure that you prime appropriately for your skin type.  If you’re oily, you may want to try tarte cosmeticsClean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer.

This will reduce the amount of oil produced throughout the day, increasing makeup wear time.  I’m extremely dry (like my face thinks it lives in the Sahara Desert kind of dry), so I pass on priming products.  Instead, while I’m styling my hair, I put a thin layer of First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Cream on top of my skin like a light face mask, without rubbing it in.

Once I’m ready for makeup, I rub it in after my skin has absorbed all of the hydrating goodness.  If you have combination skin, mix and match these tips for specific areas of the face.

2. Use More Than One Shade

Always remember that your face is not just one color and that your foundation therefore shouldn’t be either!  Buying two shades of your favorite foundation ensures a few things:

  • You look like a human and not a cartoon character.
  • Having two shades allows for great customization all throughout the year.
  • You always have natural-looking highlight/contour shades to define your face.

I use two shades of SheaMoisture's Wet/Dry Powder and often combine the two to create the exact shade I'm looking for. Being a very tanable Filipina in the summer and a pasty Irish girl in the winter, I always keep both Porcelain and Havasu Hazel handy.

3. Spritz Your Face

Funny enough, this is actually my favorite part of my makeup application routine. 

I’ve noticed that a lot of people end up getting “cake face” not necessarily from the amount of foundation used, but because you can clearly see their setting powder resting on the skin.  To avoid this unfortunate side effect of setting powders, spritz the face at the end of your makeup application to help the foundation and powder settle into the skin.  It’s super refreshing and makes the skin appear more alive and vibrant. 

If you want something for daily use, I recommend the Yes To Carrots' Yes To Grapefruit Pore Perfection Toning Mist.

If you need to lock your makeup in place for a night out, try the appropriately-named Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray.

Hope that these pointers guide you towards your best foundation application ever. And since we are on the subject, you might want to read Mariana's 3 Tips For Finding The Foundation Of Your Dreams

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