As a beginner, starting to make up can be skeptical sometimes, especially now that there are so many products out there. You probably have no idea what to do and are feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices. Here is some basic information to help you get started wearing it in a way that feels comfortable and right for you.
1. Decide Which Formula Is Right For You
Finding a foundation that works with your skin type is just as important as finding one that fits your skin tone. If you have oily skin, you don’t want to use a sheer, illuminating foundation because that will make your skin shinier. If you have really dry skin, you don’t want to use a matte foundation because that will make your skin appear drier. If you struggle with breakouts, look into a foundation that contains blemish-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid.
2. Decide What Type Of Coverage You Want
Not all foundations were created equally, either. There are sheer, medium, and full coverage foundations. Tinted moisturizers and sheer coverage foundations will provide a very light, more natural look. Medium coverage will be slightly heavier to cover up blemishes and marks. Full coverage is usually thicker and hides basically everything. Foundations can also have different finishes like matte, illuminating, satin, and more. Matte finishes will finish without any shine. Illuminating provides a sort of shimmer effect that looks dewy. Satin provides a sheer finish for a healthy glow. I recommend testing out various options to decide which one you like best.
3. Choose A Shade
This’s probably the most difficult part. Testing a foundation on your neck is going to give you the best results other than on your actual bare face. Be sure to look at it in natural light as well as interior light. If you end up with a foundation that you don’t feel is right for you then return it.
4. Use a Good Primer for Best Results
Even if you don’t have really oily skin, a primer is your best friend when you’re wearing makeup. Always use a makeup primer before applying your foundation. It will give your foundation a smoother finish as well as giving it staying power. Your foundation will last much longer if you apply a thin layer of primer underneath. Make sure that you give your primer a few minutes to dry before applying your foundation.
5. Apply Your Favorite Way
There’s no one exact way that foundation must be applied. Everyone has their own technique. The three most common ways to apply it are with your fingers, a foundation brush or a sponge. Most people start at the top of their face and work their way down. It’s best to start with a light layer and build until you have the amount of coverage you prefer.
6. Blend Away Any Lines
Don’t commit this makeup faux pas! Makeup lines take away from the beauty you’re trying to create. Make sure that you always blend your foundation in rather than just stopping it abruptly. If makeup lines are still an issue even after efforts to blend them in then you may be wearing the wrong shade. A shade that’s too dark won’t blend into your skin.
7. Set With Powder
Finally, you want to set your foundation. Liquid and cream foundations both have a wet finish. Brushing a bit of powder over them will help them to set in place for the day. It only takes a small amount of powder to do this. Be careful not to use too much or it can settle into fine lines on your face.