No matter how perfect your smokey eye has turned out or how pretty the colour of your lipstick is, it will all go to waste if your base makeup looks streaky or cakey. Achieving flawless, natural-looking base is the key to master the art of makeup, but applying it incorrectly can make your skin look mature and tired.

Say no to tidemarks, patchy application and mismatched shades by finding out where exactly you’re going wrong and how to fix those foundation mistakes.

Applying with your fingers
 

Applying with your fingers

This may seem like the fastest way to apply foundation, but using your fingers leaves harsh lines on the skin. This method of application makes your base makeup look blotchy and streaky. Instead use a damp beauty blender or a foundation brush for a more even and seamless finish.

Ignoring your neck
 

Ignoring your neck

If you’re using a full coverage foundation, be sure that you apply some foundation on your neck as well. As your neck is usually slightly lighter than your face, not blending the foundation down your neck creates an obvious demarcation between the colour of your face and neck.

Applying foundation immediately after moisturiser
 

Applying foundation immediately after moisturiser

If you don’t give your moisturiser enough time to dry after application, then the makeup that follows will look streaky. It is important to wait at least a few minutes for the moisturiser to completely dry down before going over it with a foundation inorder to aviod the foundation mistakes.

Using the wrong formula
 

Using the wrong formula

If you have oily skin, powder foundation may seem like a smart choice, but let us tell you that it is not so. Powder foundations dry out the skin, look chalky, settle into wrinkles and look unnatural in pictures. If you are worried about oily skin, use a matte foundation to eliminate extra shine from your face. But don’t forget to use a compact at the end to keep your makeup in place.

Using concealer before foundation
 

Using concealer before foundation

All those makeup tutorials that tell you concealer goes before foundation have gotten it wrong. The point of a concealer is to provide extra coverage when your foundation isn’t enough. Therefore the correct way to go about it is by applying foundation and then using concealer to correct flaws.