If there’s one magical product in the makeup world, it’s got to be foundation. Be it the dewy finish sheer foundation give us or the fact that heavy foundations help us cover our acne scars, there’s no better makeup we’d hoard than foundations. While you might think applying a foundation is the easiest task—just take a sponge and go in with it, there’s more to foundation application if you truly want to achieve the seamless look you’ve always wanted. If you really want to know how to apply foundation correctly, you ought to stop making these mistakes…
You don’t blend enough
 

You don’t blend enough

Every makeup enthusiast knows the importance of blending and it’s about time you did too! If you want to know the answer to ‘how to apply foundation’, you must first know that unblended foundation means harsh edges and a patchy face. It’s only when you blend your foundation will you be able to give yourself the finish you desire. You can either blend using a sponge, a face brush or even your fingers should do the trick.

You don’t use foundation according to your needs
 

You don’t use foundation according to your needs

Before you apply foundation, ask yourself, “What does my skin need—am I looking to cover my spots or do I want a minimal look?” This is because foundations come in various textures and finishes. Some give your skin a sheer finish while others are high coverage. If you want a medium coverage foundation that lends you a dewy and hydrated feel, go with the Lakmé Absolute Argan Oil Serum Foundation. But if you want a matte finish with a slightly heavier coverage, go for the Lakmé Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse. But if you don’t have much to cover and like to go light on your skin, there’s nothing as seamless as the Lakmé 9to5 Weightless Mousse Foundation.

You don’t wash your hands before finger application
 

You don’t wash your hands before finger application

Yes, most of us ditch the brushes and believe that fingers blend makeup beautifully. But when you miss out on washing your hands before blending foundation with your fingers, you give your skin enough reason to break out. The bacteria from your fingers can easily be transferred onto your skin causing itchiness and acne. Hence, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before beginning.

You forget the neck
 

You forget the neck

You’ve often asked yourself how to apply foundation correctly but do you really know that one of the main rules behind applying foundation is applying it evenly and going beyond the face. You think only your face needs the foundation? You’ll probably realise that you’re wrong when your step out and your friends tell you how your face and neck are looking a shade different from each other. While you apply foundation to your face, you must understand that you cannot stop at the jawline because your neck needs the same finishing too in order to achieve a natural look.

You don’t layer
 

You don’t layer

Just like layering your skincare routine is hugely important, layering makeup is also imperative. If you want your foundation to stay longer, there needs to be more than just that on your face. Make sure you start with a moisturiser that hydrates your skin. Next, use a primer—the holy grail of makeup that helps your foundation stay put and sucks in the oil from your face so your foundation looks flawless. Only after that should you go in with foundation application.