Foundation is a staple make-up product for most of us, but it can be easy to get stuck in a rut of buying your usual brand/shade, slapping it on like your moisturiser and hoping for the best. This is why we felt it was time for a little refresher course.
Here we’ll talk you through picking the right shade and consistency, how best to prepare your skin and the art of perfect application.
Choosing the right foundation
The first step of course is to choose the right foundation for you. To ensure you’re getting the right shade, aim to test products on your jawline; if this isn’t possible, test on your wrist. Ensure you go out into natural light before assessing the colour as fluorescent shop lighting can make colours look very different.
The next thing you’ll need to consider is the finish you want. Do you want a mattifying foundation or one with a dewy finish? Consider your skin type and choose a formula accordingly – if you are prone to oily skin a product that combats shine is a must, while dryer types will benefit from creamy formulas.
Many people just use their fingers to apply foundation, but it is worth considering brushes if you want a more professional finish. Using a brush can help you blend more effectively and gives you greater control in terms of coverage.
Tip: We love Real Technique’s angled foundation brush.
Before you start experimenting with your new foundation and tools, it is important to prepare your skin well. First of all, use a high-quality cleanser to get rid of any old make-up or grime. Next, we always recommend applying some moisturiser to keep skin feeling supple and to help foundation glide on. Finally, we like to add some primer to help make foundation last.
Tip: Check out our blog post on our top six pore minimisers.
- Squeeze a small amount of foundation into the palm of your hand to warm it up slightly and dip your brush to load up with product.
- Start at your nose and work your way out to the edges of your face, working in a star-like pattern, blending as you go.
- Ensure you blend the foundation down your neck to avoid any jaw-line tide lines.
Tip: Fancy getting a lesson from a pro? Find out more on our professional make-up page.