The short answer to the question “can you get creative with your makeup foundation?” is no. Foundation is there to smooth out the canvas and help cover any blemishes or skin issues that you may want to hide. Its function is to provide a foundation on which you can build the rest of your look!
Exceptions To This Rule
If you’re getting ready for a character shoot or acting role, such as someone who has no idea how to do their makeup, a vampire or witch, or even if you’re playing a corpse, you can get a little creative with your foundation in various ways. In general, however, you want to get your foundation as close to your natural shade as possible.
Test out different shades in person since there is no substitute for trying out a product on your own skin. The second best option is to use an online foundation shade matcher before you order your product. Bear in mind that your skin may be slightly different at different times of the year; in winter, you may be fairer, and in summer, you may be a little darker.
It may be worthwhile to invest in two shades or shade-changing drops to adjust the shade as needed.
Tips for Flawless Foundation
Take Care of Your Canvas
Before you even consider applying your foundation, you need to have thoroughly cleansed your face and gone through your whole skincare routine, including SPF. This should all be a given, but adding in steps like a facial massage could really be the difference between average and truly glowing skin. You could start with a hydrating face mask, move on to a lymphatic massage (to drain any swollen lymph nodes), then follow your skincare process. Don’t forget to use a primer before you apply foundation! Look for quality beauty products to apply your primer and foundation flawlessly at Instraight. It’s the foundation for foundation, and without it, you’ll have slipping sliding makeup all over your face all day long.
Start In The Middle
When applying your foundation with your brush or sponge, you should begin in the middle of your face (nose and apples of cheeks) and blend outwards to your jaw and hairline. If you have freckles, you may want to go lighter on the nose or skip it all together-let your natural beauty shine through. Another area in the center of your face that requires a lot of attention is around your mouth. This area is prone to forming lines and deposits so be sure to blend properly.
This is not a house; it’s your beautiful face! Painting your foundation on in strokes like you would paint a wall is an easy way to get too much foundation in one spot, streaks, or lousy blending. Whether you’re using a sponge or brush, buff the foundation on smoothly.
Don’t Be Heavy Handed
Cake face foundation is out, and light coverage is in! Unless you’re on set for a particular kind of shoot or event requiring full coverage, we recommend going light. Purchasing a light coverage foundation or BB cream is the best option, or using a full coverage foundation very sparingly. Blend, blend, blend and let your natural skin show thought a little bit here and there. No one has a perfect face or skin; the unique things about your face are what make you gorgeous!
While it may not always be possible, we recommend putting on all of your makeup, but especially foundation, in natural, even light. Applying your makeup under a lamp or tungsten bulb may not accurately show the true colors or how badly blended your makeup is.
Blot Before You Set
Once you have your foundation and concealer applied, you may be tempted to set this layer without blotting for oil first; this would be a mistake. Your skin releases natural oils throughout the course of the day and even throughout the application of your makeup. You can use either tissue or blotting paper and a very light hand, as you don’t want to remove all the foundation you have just painstakingly applied. Blot your T Zone delicately to remove excess oil, then set your foundation with either a setting spray or translucent powder.
Foundation is a vital part of your makeup routine. Whether you use a stick, liquid, or powder, whether it’s light or heavy coverage, it dictates how the rest of your look will end up! Take your time and use our tips to get it right.
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