Foundation is one of the most essential cosmetic products that brings your entire makeup together in a perfect manner. Foundation is used on the skin to create an even skin tone and to cover spots and blemishes to get that perfect flawless look. But how it is applied can make or break your look. Though it might seem tricky, but with a few simple beauty hacks, you will be able to choose the perfect foundation, apply it on the skin properly and rock perfect-looking skin! Here are some foundation hacks every girl should know. (ALSO READ How to apply foundation: 6 simple steps to apply foundation to get flawless-looking skin)
Choose the perfect foundation for your skin
You should know your skin type to select the perfect foundation. Foundations are available in gel, cream, powder and liquid, formulated for different types of skin. You need to select the perfect foundation according to your skin type. If you have dry skin, opt for a moisturizing cream foundation, for oily skin opt for powder foundation and if you have normal skin you can use any kind of foundation, but sticking to liquid foundation will be the best.
Test three shades of foundation
Test three different shades of foundation in order to find one that matches with your natural skin tone. When you test these foundations, do it on your jawline, instead of checking it on the back of your hand. Pick one which completely blends with your natural skin tone. (ALSO READ Makeup tips for dry skin: Top tips to apply makeup on flaky skin without making it look patchy).
Choose right tools to apply foundation
Now that you have selected the perfect foundation, you also need to choose the right tools to apply it. Opt for a rounded brush to apply the foundation evenly on your face and also a beauty blender sponge to blend it evenly to attain the perfect coverage.
Use two different shades of foundation
One of the best way to nail the look is to use two different shades of foundation on your face. This will work well since the exposure of light that leads to two different intensity of shades that hit your face. So it is recommended to use the darker shade on the most exposed part of your face the forehead and the jawline and the lighter shade on the rest of your face, the cheeks and the bridge of the nose. (ALSO READ Makeup tips for oily skin: 6 tips to make your makeup last longer on oily skin).
Add a few drops of facial oil
Facial oil is one of the best products to rejuvenate your skin and when you use it along with your foundation you will get a light and dewy coverage. Simply add a few drops to your foundation, after adding facial oil to your regular foundation, you will end up using less product yet get the perfect finish. (ALSO READ What is facial oil? 6 benefits of using facial oil in your daily beauty regime).
Start application from the middle of your face
Whenever you apply the foundation, start from the T-zone, starting from the center of your forehead, nose and the chin. Then apply it on your cheeks. Gently stroke it outwards to the rest of your face. Always start from the middle, since it needs high coverage because you will find a lot of redness in this particular area.
Use downward strokes
Always swipe downwards for smooth finishing. When you use a brush to apply the foundation on your face avoid upward stroke as it pushes the facial hair upwards which makes it more noticeable. Instead use downward strokes to get a smooth finish. (ALSO READ 5 Ways to use facial oil with your daily beauty products to get flawless skin!).
Use your fingers to blend it in the skin
If you are not satisfied by the coverage after you have applied the foundation using your brush, use your fingers to blend the foundation into the skin. By really blending the foundation into your skin, you will make it last longer and also remove any product build-up.
Change your foundation with seasons
Just like you need different kinds of foundations for different skin types, you also need to change it according to the weather. During the winter season opt for cream foundation so that you skin does not feel dry and during the summer opt for the powder one so that you eliminate the sheen from the sweat. (ALSO READ Genius beauty hacks to fix broken make-up products!).
Check in natural light
Once you are done with the application, check your makeup in natural light. This will save you from major embarrassment as the makeup appears drastically different in bright light in your makeup room and in natural light when you step outside.
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