How to apply foundation

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How to apply foundation
Foundation can even out skin tone as well as protect skin from harsh elements. (make up image by forca from

Applying foundation can be tricky, if not done properly skin can look 'cakey' or uneven. If applied correctly, foundation can even out your skin tone and cover any blemishes. On top of this, foundation protects your skin against the elements. Some foundations even contain an SPF, therefore they offer protection from the sun's UV rays. Foundations come in cream and liquid form. It is essential to pick the right colour foundation for your skin, to do this, use natural light if possible -- try to avoid testing in fluorescent light, as it is very unflattering. To test, dab a little on your neck and rub in, check to see if it blends in. Avoid testing on your wrist or hand as the skin tone on your face is completely different.

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Things you need

  • Concealer
  • Moisturiser
  • Foundation
  • Cosmetic sponge
  • Cosmetic tissue
  • Face powder
  • Highlighter
  • Make-up brush
  • Towel

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    Prepping your skin

  1. 1

    Wash your face and pat dry with a towel.

  2. 2

    Apply a moisturiser appropriate to your skin type to protect and avoid dryness.

  3. 3

    Dab concealer over any blemishes, spots or dark circles you may wish to cover, and blend in.

    Applying foundation

  1. 1

    Dab spots of foundation onto forehead, nose, cheeks and chin with a cosmetic sponge.

  2. 2

    Spread the foundation evenly with a sponge. Start inwards and blend outwards. Ensure it is even at the hairline and jawline, as these are the two areas where it is easiest to see if the foundation has not been blended properly.

  3. 3

    Apply more foundation if necessary, or remove it with a cosmetic tissue if too much has been applied.

  4. 4

    Check the foundation in natural lighting if possible, as you will be able to see whether it's blended evenly better than in artificial light.

  5. 5

    Brush face powder over your face to set the foundation. Use a large brush and sweeping brush strokes.

Tips and warnings

  • Remember that foundation is used to even skin tone, not change the colour of your skin. Make sure the colour of foundation you choose matches your skin. There should not be any obvious lines where the make-up begins.
  • If you're trying to achieve tanned skin, do not buy foundation that is darker than your skin or too orange. Instead, try foundations with self-tanner or powdered bronzer.

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