Makeup Tutorials

Foundation Basics 1

April 10, 2018

I get lots of questions about my base routine, and as happy as I am to answer all of them when I can, I figured it would be a LOT easier if I just wrote a post that I could direct people to. If you are already fabulous at makeup (and I’m sure most of you are) then please feel free to skip ahead, but if base makeup is still sort of a mystery to you then hopefully this post – and the series I hope to turn it into – will be of some help.

This is what I typically look like when I wear foundation. You can probably tell by my visible freckles that I prefer natural/light coverage over full coverage. Heavy foundation is beautiful on the right person, but that person ain’t me. I prefer to use a bit of foundation just to even out larger areas of discoloration, rather than trying to to eliminate every single blemish on a face by applying a thick layer all over – I’ve found that light to light-medium foundation coverage followed by “pinpoint concealing” gives me the finish I like best.

foundation look

Here’s how I apply my foundation and concealer for a natural-looking yet flawless base. FYI these photos were taken on the same day as the one above with no changes to my base makeup, just the addition of eyeshadow and lipstick and in different lighting conditions.

Disclaimer: this technique is probably best suited to those who have fairly even skin to begin with. This isn’t a #humblebrag. I used to have acne, and getting my skin to this stage required work and sacrifice, i.e. years of following intensive skincare routines and actively avoiding sugar and dairy.

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foundation tutorial

1. Identify the problem areas that need the most coverage. For me, that’s the centre of my cheeks.

2. Dot foundation on main problem area(s) and then blend out from there with a brush or beauty blender. I usually leaving my forehead and chin area mostly bare.

3. Once I’ve blended the foundation out across my cheeks/nose, my skin looks a lot more even. At this stage, it’s still a bit paler than my forehead, but I’ll come back to that!

4. Dot concealer over any discoloration that’s left over after that first, sheer layer of color: darker red areas, under eyes, scars, pigmentation, bumps, etc.

5. As you can see, the redness in my problem area (cheeks) has been mostly evened out but my freckles are still visible. If you’re using a powder blush, dust on a light layer of setting powder.

6. Finally, I apply blush, bronzer or a combo of both to visually tie the cheek and forehead area together.

And done! How easy was that?

The key to natural application like this is to use the best possible foundation and concealer matches for your skin tone, which, admittedly, can take lots of trial and error. I’ll be chatting more about how to find a perfect base match in my next installment of this foundation series, so check my Instagram for updates.

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