Ace Your Base - How to get your foundation right?

Ace your base; Get the flawless look every day! Pick the right foundation and you will look immaculate!

Many foundations now have skincare properties, including sun protection. Looking for the right skin-tone match as well as taking care of your skin type needs as well, to ensure that your complexion looks as perfect as it can be, it is important to understand the types of foundations in the market and how to apply them, below are a few basic yet common foundation easily available:-

Liquid Foundation

Easy to layer: range from finishes, semi-matte to satin
Coverage: sheer to full
How to apply: A damp synthetic brush creates a barely there effect. 
Medium coverage, use a dry brush or simply use your fingers if you got nothing to hide.

Spray Foundation

Giving your face an even and natural looking airbrushed look. 
Coverage: Sheer to medium
How to apply: Hold product about 25cm away from your face and spray in a Z motion. Start blending at the forehead, then work towards the chin and continue applying the foundation evenly down the neck, so there are no abrupt changes in tone.

Mineral Foundation

keeping sensitive and acne prone skin calm and clear. 
Coverage: Medium to full
How to apply: Swirl a kabuki brush in the foundation and work it into skin in a circular motion.

Powder Foundation

Best for beginners and the easiest to apply.
Coverage: Medium to full
How to apply: A kabuki brush will give the same finish as loose powder. A sponge offers fuller coverage

Cream Foundation

This opaque, hydrating foundation hides dark spots, softens the appearance of fine lines and leaves a dewy finish.
Coverage: Medium to full
How to apply: Smooth over skin using the middle and ring fingers to lighten coverage, run a flat makeup sponge over skin afterwards.
Knowing the type of foundation is primary, remember to pick the best foundation for your skin type:
Acne-Prone Skin
A medium to full coverage foundation to cover the skin
Use a clean brush or sponge always and

Aging skin
Try your level best to opt for a light coverage liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer as heavy product tend to settle into fine lines and wrinkles.

Dry Skin
I do have dry skin, and I recommend light coverage hydrating foundation. I will be honest, I am not the sort to apply foundation daily, concealing my under eyes is good for me. I love bare skin!

Oily Skin

To bitch the shine, pick a medium to full coverage foundation. Do not use your fingers as it will transfer the oil from your hands to your face. I am guilty of slapping foundation on my face with my finger as I need a base to set my blusher at times. I call it “my lazy makeup process”. But please try to avoid doing this especially when the lighting is bad as foundation tend to appear uneven if we are unable to see clearly.

Normal Skin

If you’re one of the lucky ones with normal skin, the level of coverage is really up to your personal preference! 

With the above, here are 8 tips to keep in mind for any skin type:-
  1. Always wash your face, apply moisturizer and let it set for a few minutes before applying your base.
  2. Start with the foundation on and around the nose as that's where most of the redness occurs.
  3. It ok to apply a few layers of foundation around your cheekbone area to help you set your blusher (think countering shades!) 
  4. Contour (cheeks, forehead, nose, jawline and temples) with a darker shade in the same formula. (not necessary but works awesome when you are attending a function) If you are the sort who needs to contour, try powder base contouring kit for daily use. Much lighter on the skin and great for sunny Singapore!)
  5. Avoid the under eye area, that's where concealer goes.
  6. When using a sponge to apply your foundation, roll with every touch to blend.
  7. If you prefer to apply your product with a brush, use small circular strokes to buff the foundation in to the skin.
  8. Always remove your makeup with a proper makeup remover before your daily skin care routine.  I use green tea or coconut oil to remove my makeup.

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