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How to Make Foundation Look Better

5 Tips For Getting Great-Looking Foundation

Getting a pretty, natural look with your foundation is about more than just color. Texture, finish, your skin type, and even the seasons can be important considerations. So what do you need to know to get it right? New York Color makeup artist Mathew Nigara has the answers. So to start saving face, just keep reading.

  • Have more than one foundation, because your skin color changes with the seasons. Mathew says, "I always recommend that women have two different foundations. The colors shouldn’t be more than two shades deeper or lighter than the other. They should be in the same color family, whether it's a pink base or a yellow one."
  • Just dusting on powder doesn't provide the best finish. Instead, Mathew suggests you follow this tip. "Apply the powder as a finishing step to your makeup using a puff," he says. "Then buff off the excess with a big, natural hair powder brush."
  • Conceal! Don't stop at foundation — concealer is a must. For applying it, Mathew favors using a dabbing motion with your ring finger.
  • Primer isn't necessary, but it is a good idea. "It's instrumental in achieving the true color tone of your makeup," he says. "Plus, you'll need less foundation."
  • Think of your skin type. If you have acne-prone or dry, sensitive skin, not all application techniques are created equal. "You should never rub foundation on," Mathew warns. "It'll only irritate skin further. If you apply your base with a dampened sponge and gently pat on the makeup, your skin will be less irritated and smoother."
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addictedreader addictedreader 7 years
foundation should leave your skin looking natural. Don't be afraid to use the "wrong" undertone foundation. the cool or warm tones can brighten a yellowish complexion or warm up a pale one instead of exaggerating the natural coloring (think of corrective primers). just make sure the end result looks natural. it's harder to do but try to match your face to the V area of your chest which is usually closer to face than the neck. for blemishes it's often best to put a little concealer on the back of your hand and tap on lightly with a fingertip in a slightly circular buffing motion for best coverage and blending. the fingertip warms the concealer a bit making it easier to blend than a brush. liquid concealers are often the most flexible, they don't cake, flake, wrinkle, and because it's thin you can let it set and add another layer. liquid foundations can often double as matching concealer if you layer it (setting the layers with a bit of powder if needed) going one shade lighter on foundation can brighten your face but won't work with all foundations. generally darker foundations can offer more coverage.
curLRocker curLRocker 7 years
@ClassicalTorture - easiest thing for you to do would be to use a bronzer on your chest. rather match the foundation to your face and alter the rest around that!
curLRocker curLRocker 7 years
how you apply your foundation is so important, and i hate makeup sponges, but i managed to find a fantastic foundation brush! it's the sephora professionnel platinum air brush #55.. i end up using much less foundation than before and it goes on so smooth and even! best brush i've ever bought
girlfunkmusic girlfunkmusic 7 years
Most experts will tell you that you should match your foundation to your neck - that is supposedly the 'in-between' shade of your face and body. Personally I much prefer to just go with my body shade (maybe a tad lighter). Your face is usually naturally lighter then your body due to exfoliation and hopefully regular SPF so I agree it's just odd to walk around with a washed out face and darker body. Blech!! that's the worst imo.
ClassicalTorture ClassicalTorture 7 years
My skin doesn't change color with the seasons. My indoor/outdoor activity doesn't change when the weather heats up or cools down. One color-related problem I do have, though, is that my face and arms are darker than my chest. If I wear a v-neck it looks very odd. I'm so fair that the lightest shades of foundation I can buy only match my face, not the lighter skin. What do I do?
Faylinn Faylinn 7 years
I agree with the last point. From experience, I've noticed that dabbing foundation on my skin that as a few pimples does a better job of covering it up. Rubbing the foundation seemed to make little to no positive difference. It just exaggerated how irritated the pimple is.
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