Have you ever been so overwhelmed by foundation that you’ve simply skipped it? Well, no more. Here we’ll teach you how to easily and effectively create the perfect base by applying foundation correctly.
Makeup really isn’t as complicated as you think it is. If you have the right steps down, you are going to end up with any look you desire. While simply applying lipstick or drawing on eyeliner is pretty easy, there is also an easy and correct way of applying foundation. If your base is off, you won’t be happy with your final look. Well, we are here to spill all the life-changing tips and tricks and the best way to apply your foundation that leaves your skin happy and flawless.
The correct way to applying foundation
Let us take you through five easy and effective ways to applying foundation the correct way. You will need a face wash, moisturiser, primer, foundation that matches your skin tone, a brush and a beauty blender.
Step 1 - Cleanse
Start off by cleaning your face well. You will end up with a cakey face or have breakouts if you apply foundation over grime or sweat. Make sure your face is completely clean and dry. You will need to wash your face thoroughly with a face wash like the Simple Daily Skin Detox Purifying Facial Wash as it detoxes your skin by deep cleansing it. It is also chemical-free and has natural ingredients like thyme, zinc and witch hazel so that your skin is not burdened with too many chemicals.
Step 2 - Prep your skin
You probably are eager to start slathering on foundation but for the perfect base, you need a clear and smooth canvas. If your face is dry or has open pores, your base will be as textured as a gravelly road. Start by applying ice to your face to tighten your skin and close your pores. This will also make sure that no product gets clogged in your pores. Then moisturise your face so that your skin is ready to sport a full face of makeup for the rest of the day or night. Opt for Pond’s Super Light Gel which is non-greasy and has hyaluronic acid and vitamin E and gets absorbed into your skin in a heartbeat so that you can quickly get to the next step.
Step 3 - Start with primer
Primer is an absolutely essential step and should never be skipped. The Lakme Absolute Blur Primer not only hides your pores but makes sure that no makeup clogs your skin. It also boasts Photoshop-like results as it blurs imperfections and makes sure your makeup lasts all day with its lightweight and waterproof formula. On top of that, it also helps with the blending later on which is a boon for amateurs who still haven’t figured out how to blend their foundation or contour correctly.
Step 4 - Applying foundation
Finally we are here! Now let’s get to the fun part. Pick a foundation that matches your skin tone. We recommend the fan-favourite Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Mousse Foundation as it is – as the name suggests – weightless and blends easily so that you don’t end up with a cakey look. Its full coverage also protects your skin from UV rays as it contains SPF 8 and lasts up to 16 hours which means no touch-ups. Squeeze out a blob on the back of your hand and start dotting it all over your face with a finger.
Step 5 - Blending
Take a brush with soft and flexible bristles to evenly spread the foundation all over your face. But that is not enough to blend it. For a seamless finish to get the illusion of flawless skin, you will need a beauty blender. Take the egg-shaped sponge, dampen it a little and start blending by dabbing it on the foundation. Be sure not to wipe it as it will leave you with a patchy finish.
And that’s about it. You finally know the correct way to applying foundation! Once you’re happy with the base, go ahead and finish up your look with concealer, contour, blush, highlighter, eye makeup, lipstick and setting spray.
FAQS about applying foundation
Can I skip the primer?
While primer has been a recent addition to makeup routines, it has become an invaluable product. You should not skip primer as first and foremost it acts as a shield between your skin and the products. This means no more breakouts. It also helps the makeup last longer.
Can I just use a brush to blend?
You can use a brush but it will not blend well if the bristles are not flexible. It may also leave imprints which defeats the purpose of applying foundation for a smooth base. A beauty blender or sponge just makes it easier for newbies so that the product blends as seamlessly as it can with your skin. You can also use an oval brush which has been created specifically for blending.
Should I go for powder or liquid foundation?
While powder foundation was pretty common in the 2000s, it usually led to a cakey finish. The beauty industry has found the secret to a natural finish with liquid foundation which is why it is more or less preferred by all beauty enthusiasts. Powder is now mostly used to set or touch up your makeup.
Now pick up your favourite foundation and start creating the perfect base for your next look.
Written by Lopa K on Jul 28, 2022