We've all struggled with our foundation. Cake faced, flour faced, or looking just plain grey - the nightmares of a bad base has at some point or another, plagued us. We've tried our fingers, we've tried brushes, we've tried high end brands and we've tried drugstore ones too - but really nailing that base always seems like a task only reserved for YouTube gurus and Instagram stars. What is it that makes their foundation look like it's really just their skin - except flawless and blemish-free? Today we look at four pro-tips that can help you ace that natural looking base, every time.
Don't bounce the beautyblender
The Beautyblender was introduced into the world of make-up aficionados as that one, ultimate tool for flawless application. Whether you use it for getting on your foundation base or for smoothing out your undereye concealer, no matter how many brushes you compare your Beautyblender too, almost always the Beautyblender triumphs as that one tool that gives you the most flawless finish. The basics of using the BB have always been simple: make sure it's damp, tap it on your foundation and then bounce off your skin. Well, while this works no doubt, what really amps your game is when you press (yes, press) the BB into your skin. This allows the foundation to get into your skin, blending right on. So always remember: to make the best of your blender, don't lightly bounce, but PRESS the blender into your skin. Your foundation will never look the same again.
Prime and be patient
Primers make up the foundation of our make-up. Some choose high end primers such as Benefit's Porefessional while others prefer to just prime their skin using moistures or even a drugstore primer like the Nivea Men After Shave Balm. No matter how you like to prep your skin prior to doing your make-up, what's most important is to not skip moisturising and/or priming. What most other YouTube gurus forget to mention is that what's equally as important is giving your face enough time to soak up that goodness. If you're layering up with moisturiser, eye cream and then a primer, make sure you give it all enough time to soak into your skin, not leaving any oily residue. If you go in with your foundation right away, it will not only slide off your skin easily, it won't have the finish you desire.
Layer up, but don't cake up
If you are going for coverage or even if you aren't but want to layer up on the foundation, never put on too much product at once. Take your time to put in thin layers, one at a time, pressing and buffing before moving on to the next layer. If you want a pro tip to make sure the base looks perfect and unblemished - after you are done layering your foundation use rose or charged water, or even a setting spray like the Mac Fix+ to generously spritz on top. Not only will this make all the layers merge into one smooth base, it will also make sure your make-up stays put throughout the day.
Work in sections
Regardless of what kind of foundation you use - cream, liquid, oil-free or water-based, the best way to get your foundation on is in sections. Instead of dabbing it on all over our face YouTube style, it's much better to start with a certain portion of your face. For example, begin with the insides of your cheek, taking a small amount of product and then press and work that into your skin. Move on to the next area only once you've fully blended the product on the first area. When you dab your foundation all over your face and then proceed to blend all over, some parts may get dry or might cake up, so it's best to work in sections to ensure that airbrushed look.