Thursday, February 10, 2011

Making foundation look perfect

I grabbed this from Glamour Magazine.  I always love new tricks of the trade.  I didn't like foundation, or to put tons on my face a few years ago, but now as I'm getting older, I realize it's what I need to do.

1. Find your perfect color.  Try it out on your jawline and check it out in daylight to see if you have a perfect match.  The color is perfect for you if it disappears without blending.  A trick Glamour mentioned was, if you can't afford expensive foundation, have a person behind a cosmetics counter in a department store help you pick out the right color, ask for a sample, then try to match it at a drug store.

2. Prepping your skin.  You need clean skin and it needs to be moisturized.  Wait a few minutes after applying moisturizer so your skin can soak it up.

3. Primer!  I am new to the primer world, but I hear it's FAB!  Apply primer (usually a clear gel) before foundation, after moisturizer.  It minimizes pores, and makes foundation look smooth on your skin.  You can also just wear primer by itself on a lazy day to give yourself the look of a perfect complexion and mattify your skin. 

4.  If you want little coverage, use your fingers.  For more, use a sponge.  For everyday, only apply foundation where you need it.  To get that airbrushed look, apply everywhere, even eyes, starting in the middle, and working your way out.  Believe it or not,  applying tons for photos doesn't actually make you look better, so less it more.

5.  Apply concealer after foundation ( I didn't know this).  The base of foundation keeps concealer from creasing.  Look for a lightweight liquid a shade lighter than your skin.  Use a small, pointy brush to cover the darkest part of your under-eye circles.

6.  Finish with luminous powder.  Try a translucent powders that reflect light.  It helps skin glow and will actually show less shine.  Dust it with a big brush in a 'W' motion, starting at your hairline on one side, swoop down to your cheekbone, up to the bridge of your nose, back down the other cheek, then up again to the opposite hairline.

This is the best primer out there.

 Chanel's powder foundation goes on like second skin.

Recommended best concealer.

Translucent powder by a brand I love.

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