We’ve all been there. You put your foundation on and it looks perfect, and an hour later it’s a hot mess!! Who doesn’t want to have smudge-free foundation that lasts ALL DAY! It’s such a hassle to have to reapply your foundation during your special event. So I will provide with you with my top steps to have smooth, long lasting coverage of your foundation.
Moisturize Your Skin
The first step before applying foundation is to use an appropriate moisturizer for your skin type. Of course there are different skin types out there such as oily or dry, and oily is more prone to having the issue of foundation smudging. Moisturizer will give all skin types a radiant “glow.”
Let your moisturizer sit for 15 minutes before applying your primer. If your skin is dry, you need to use one that is full of emollients and humectants to help draw in moisture to your skin. If your skin is oily, it’s best to use a non-comedogenic oil free moisturizer. This will help prevent the foundation from settling into the fines and wrinkles on the face.
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Get that Primer On
The second step is to use an appropriate primer/base. There are various primers in the market that do an amazing job of concealing large pores while adding moisture to the skin to help promote longevity of your makeup. A primer I recommend is Smashbox Photo Finish Super Light Foundation Primer. Smashbox carries a variety of primers for different skintypes. I love that it helps mattify the skin. Your makeup will last longer with this base as well.
Now Time to Apply Your Foundation
The third step is to apply your foundation of choice using a stippling cosmetic brush. A stippling brush helps cover the pores best. It’s very crucial to apply foundation in thin layers in order to prevent the cakey look and your foundation from budging.
Best Way To apply Foundation
Avoid using circular or sweeping motions with your stippling brush. Instead use tapping motions, and press your foundation gently into the skin to allow full coverage.
My personal preference for a nice drugstore foundation if you have combination skin like me is Loreal Infallible Matte foundation. It is matte but not flat…meaning its not too drying. It has a thin texture, which is great for building up to the desired coverage of your choice. If your skin is dry they also have a pro-glow line to give your skin a dewy effect. The coverage with this product I would say is light to medium.
Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Foundation is my go to for days I want fuller coverage. It is semi-matte which is great for those with oily/combination skin looking to conceal imperfections.
Lock That Foundation in Place
The fourth step is to set your foundation with a setting powder of your choice. Pressed or loose powder will work. I use a damp beauty blender and dip it in my Too Faced Born This Way Setting Powder. From there, I dab it gently dab onto my t-zone (or oily areas of the face) and under my eyes where concealer is applied.
Step 3: Set your concealer with a setting powder
Another alternative to set the under eye area is Maybelline’s Fit me Matte Powder. I’ts a matte setting powder but not drying or too flat. It has a tint to it so you don’t get a white cast like some setting powders leave behind.
Use Setting Spray to Look Flawless for Hours
The final step is to use a setting spray to lock that makeup into place. For this, I recommend Urban decay All Nighter Setting Spray. This spray helps your makeup look flawless! I also like to set makeup with setting spray because it takes away the “powdery” effect that loose powders tend to create.
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Now your ready to look picture perfect! Do you have any foundation tips you’d like to share? Leave it in the comments section below! Also, don’t forget to like and share if you loved this article!