Applying foundation perfectly / step by step

srijeda, listopada 29, 2014

Select the right color. As the name implies, your foundation is the basis for the rest of your makeup. To make sure that it acts as a blank canvas, choose a foundation that totally matches your skin tone. Try multiple shades of foundation on your face (rather than your hand or your neck), and stick with the color that matches your skin tone without blending.

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    Decide on a medium. Foundation comes in a varieties of mediums and textures, including loose powders, compact powders, creams, liquids, and aerosols. All the variety can seem daunting, but really doesn’t change much except for the application of the makeup. Visit the makeup counter at a local department store and try on versions on each to determine which feels the most comfortable and looks the most realistic on your skin.

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    Get the right tools.
     There are three primary means of applying foundation: with your fingers, with a sponge, or with a brush. Although there is debate between which is the best means of application, there are benefits to each. Putting on your makeup with your fingers allows for better blending, while applying it with a brush helps keep the spread of bacteria (and therefore acne) to a minimum.
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      Prep your face. Foundation glides on most smoothly with a clean, well moisturized face. Wash your face with a gentle face cleanser, and follow up with a facial moisturizer. Allow five minutes for the lotion to set before applying your foundation.
    2. Method 2 / Applying Your Foundation
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      Put on your pre-foundation makeup. A slight misnomer, foundation isn’t actually the first makeup you apply. Add a primer to your face, which is a clear gel that work to smooth out your skin and seal in imperfections. Some people also choose to apply their concealer prior to putting on their foundation, although this can be applied afterwards as well.
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      Dab on your foundation. Regardless of whether your foundation is a liquid, cream, or powder, it should be applied first in the center of your face. Add a few dabs to either cheek near your nose, your chin, and a bit on your forehead.
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      Blend your foundation. Use your tool of choice to blend your foundation around your face. There should be no noticeable lines where your foundation starts/or ends; it should blend smoothly into your neck and hairline. Keep your foundation from being too thick by spreading it out. Otherwise, your face will look cakey and fake, rather than airbrushed and lustrous.
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      Touch up difficult areas. If you have particularly uneven skin in certain areas, acne, dark spots, or under-eye circles, take a second run through with your foundation to touch up these areas. Use a concealer brush to dab on foundation more heavily on these spots, but be sure to blend well to prevent dark or orange dots on your face.
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      Finish up your foundation. If you haven’t yet already, apply concealer to trouble areas on your face. Finish up your entire face by setting your foundation with setting powder. This is a translucent, matte powder that helps keep your foundation from sliding around while preventing oil buildup from showing through.
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