One of the most sure-shot ways to ruin any makeup look is to have a thick, uneven and cakey base. It looks extremely unattractive and that sort of defeats the whole purpose of wearing makeup.
And flawlessly applying foundation is no simple task either. From finding the right shade and formula to using just the right kind of tools and techniques, the technique of applying foundation is a science in itself *whew*. But this in no way means you need to give up and stop wearing foundation altogether.
We have curated a detailed step-by-step guide to ensure that your foundation looks absolutely natural and skin-like every single day. Take a look…
- Prep your skin well
- Next, it’s time to prime
- Start from the centre
- Always buff the product into your skin
- Time to set
Prep your skin well
Start with properly cleaning your face using a face wash and a gentle scrub. This will help get rid of all the dirt, dust and dead skin cells. If you have time at hand, you can further nourish your skin using a hydrating face mask and a little massage. Lastly, moisturise your skin using a moisturiser that is specifically meant for your skin type. This will give you that beautiful lit-from-within glow.
Next, it’s time to prime
This is one of the most important steps in order to achieve a flawless base. Use an illuminating primer and gently pat it in areas that tend to get really oily. This includes your T-zone, cheeks, upper lip and chin. Never rub the product into your skin, always pat it in for it to perfectly sit on your skin. Apply a primer with your fingertips instead of a brush. The warmth of your skin will make it spread better and work more effectively.
Start from the centre
Foundations tend to have a heavy texture and if you apply it in places where you don’t need it, then it will end up looking cakey. Hence, always apply the most amount of foundation in those areas that really need coverage. Start from the centre of your face, move onto your cheekbones and continue blending outward. Start by using the tiniest amount of product and then keep adding more if need be.
Always buff the product into your skin
One common mistake that a lot of people tend to make when applying foundation is that they paint on their skin instead of buffing it in. Whether you’re using a brush, sponge or your fingers, never paint the foundation for coverage. Buffing and dabbing the product in will give you a really airbrushed and natural-looking finish, without any streaks or harsh lines. Do the same with your concealer in the under-eye area.
Time to set
For natural and flawless base makeup, always blot the excess amount of foundation using a blotting sheet or tissue paper. Next, if you have oily skin, take a lightweight translucent powder on a fluffy brush and apply it to the areas that tend to get oily. But if you have dry and lacklustre skin, finish off your base makeup with a generous dose of a makeup setting spray. This will give your face the perfect amount of dewiness and make your skin look super fresh and glowing.
Written by Urvi Dalal on Feb 25, 2020
Writer, avid reader and hardcore beauty enthusiast is the best way to describe Urvi Dalal. With over 5 years of writing experience in the beauty industry, you can trust her to have the latest skin, hair and makeup tidbits on her fingertips. In her time working as a beauty writer, she has had the opportunity to interact and work closely with a string of dermatologists, makeup artists and hairstylists. All that knowledge exchange, coupled with her flair and love for writing make it possible for her to bring you some authentic yet fun beauty content. When Urvi isn’t working, you’d usually catch her curled up with a big, fat book, drinking a cup of tea or practising her makeup skills; there is no in-between!