You see it everywhere. No-makeup makeup, minimal makeup, barely-there bases have slowly taken over the beauty world. Gone are the days when you would apply a uniform layer of foundation all over your face. It's all about keeping it real these days. Foundation mapping, the modern-day take on complexion is using foundation only on the spots which require a bit of concealing and shine control, and keeping the rest of the skin looking natural.

What is foundation mapping and how does it work?
 

What is foundation mapping and how does it work?

Foundation mapping is a technique where you apply foundation only where you need it. Focus on applying foundation on your T-zone, on the sides of your nose, to cover any uneven skin tone, redness or blemishes, and blend outwards. Pay special attention to your neck and jawline and ensure that the area is blended well. As you go near your hairline and ears work whatever is left of the foundation on your brush into the hairline seamlessly. Sweep some highlighter at the highest point of your cheekbones and down the bridge of the nose To hide your dark circles and under-eye puffiness, simply use a matte or luminous concealer, depending on your skin type. Blend well so it seamlessly transitions into the areas where you've applied foundation.

Things to keep in mind in order to ace foundation mapping:
 

Things to keep in mind in order to ace foundation mapping:

  • The key to foundation mapping is to know your skin type and the kind of base that works well for you, whether it is dewy, matte or something in between. If you’re looking for a heavier coverage, then we suggest you add a few drops of face oil to your foundation.
  • Blending is crucial here. You can use your fingers or a dense brush to blend in the foundation. Or if you really want to work the product in, then use a damp beauty blender. A damp sponge will not only make sure that there are no harsh lines but also pick up excess foundation.
  • Leave the area under your eyes and your cheeks bare. This little trick can help you flaunt a super natural look.

While you may not be ready to ditch your beloved foundation yet, foundation mapping can be really helpful on days when you don’t mind showing a little skin.

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