8 Most common foundation mistakes every girl should know about

All girls have their own makeup tips and tricks when it comes to applying makeup. Sometimes it’s just the way you’ve always done it, sometimes it’s the way your mother or sister taught you to do it. We’re not about to argue with your mum, but makeup techniques do change with time, just as fashion does, so here are eight of the most common mistakes ladies make when applying their foundation:

1. Use liquid and not a powder

Common foundation mistake number one is using a powder instead of a liquid foundation. A powder can dry your skin and sometimes it can look cakey or flaky. Powder foundation also has the nasty little habit of settling into the natural creases and fine lines in your skin, making them look like deep wrinkles! Liquid foundations look better for longer and give you that smooth and flawless look. If you still want to use face powder, try lightly sweep it on top of your liquid foundation with a powder brush; it will help set it, so that your makeup will last longer.

2. Use a primer

Always apply a primer before using your liquid foundation and this will help your foundation adhere better and go on smoother. If you apply foundation directly, it can look cakey and it won’t last as long.

3. Don’t test on your wrist

One of the most common foundation sins that many ladies commit is when the color of their face doesn’t match the color of their neck. This happens because they mismatched the tone of their foundation. To test the shade of liquid foundation there’s no point applying it to your wrist, as the skin of your wrist is unlikely to be the same colour as the skin of you your face! Instead, apply a small amount of foundation around your nose, along the jaw line or under/around the eyes to test it.

4. Apply with a brush

Many people apply foundation with their fingers. Use a brush instead, it’s less messy, it goes on smoothly and you use less product too! Also, if you never tried Beautyblender, we reccomend you to have a look. Beautyblender is one of the most versatile makeup tools that can be used dump or dry; it works well to cover blemishes, apply foundation and its pointed side can easily get into those hard-to-reach areas of your face.

5. Don’t use foundation all over your face

You don’t need to apply foundation all over your face, it’s only really necessary for areas that need a bit of coverage, such as blemishes or areas of redness. If you are applying foundation all over, you’re just wasting a lot foundation where it’s not needed, it can make your face look cakey or mask-like and you prevent your skin from breathing too. Light layer of foundation applied only on the areas where you need coverage will look a lot more natural, flawless and fresh.

6. Don’t set foundation with bronzing powder

Opting for translucent, light weight powder, rather than a bronzing one, will help stop that cake-like texture from appearing and will make you look more natural. A translucent powder will control shine and give you a beautiful, matte finish. Of course, you can use bronzing powder too, but avoid applying it all over your face; instead, suck in your cheeks and sweep bronzer onto the hollows of your cheeks, on the sides of your once (it will make it look slimmer) and along your hairline, this will give dimension to your face, emphasizing beautiful facial structure. Blend. Blend. Blend…

7. How to apply concealer?

Don’t use concealer under foundation. The best concealer-foundation recommendation is to use either one or the other, but, if you do need to use concealer for a blemish or spot, then apply it over the foundation and blend in well. If you apply concealer first and then go on top of it with your foundation – you risk to move your concealer out of place, which can make your makeup look cakey and ‘untidy’. Also, avoid applying a concealer that is too light under your eyes; yes, we do need to brighten up our under eye area but don’t overdo it, small amount goes a long way!

8. Give moisturizer time to dry

If you don’t let your moisturizer dry properly before you apply your foundation, you’ll find that it will go blotchy and foundation won’t cover up unevenness properly.

We hope you find these foundation tips useful.

Feel free to share your own makeup tips and tricks on how to apply foundation in the comment section below.

Stay beautiful!


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    January 29, 2014 at 2:50 am

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  2. Anonymous
    January 26, 2014 at 7:11 am

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