Practical Tips: How To Apply Foundation Like A Pro

Foundation is the one item that beauty experts reply on. It can help make skin look perfectly flawless when applied right, but the search for the perfect shade and texture can be difficult. Before you go shopping for the perfect match this new season, keep these beauty tips in mind

1. Find your perfect colour match
Never test foundation on your hand; instead test it on your jawline or collarbone and in natural daylight for better colour matching. Fluorescent lights and back-of-hand swatches will never allow you to find the colour that works best with your skintone. If you’re going to spend a little more on something, then it has to be foundation. Cosmetic chemist Ni’Kita Wilson, Vice President of Cosmetech Laboratories, explains that premium brand foundations ‘contain specially coated pigments that help the foundation adhere better to the skin, creating a weightless feeling’. It’s worth the flawless investment!

2. Go for multipurpose
The most successful foundations of 2012 were multipurpose, providing makeup and skincare benefits in one. Why faff around with multiple products if you can get all the goodness in one tube? For all day flawlessness, MaxFactor have created a foundation, concealer and primer in one small bottle for a long lasting finish – no retouches required. Skin Illusion by Clarins provides an oil-free silky texture with the lightness of a powder, giving the illusion of a makeup-free yet radiant appearance. Great for hydrating your skin, Giorgio Armani’s Maestro foundation gives you all day coverage with a perfect complexion and conditioned toned finish. The best skincare 24/7.

3. Perfect application
Once you have the perfect foundation, there are a few professional yet easy ways you can apply it to ensure you look flawless.
– A base for foundation is vital; you need to prep beforehand to ensure an unblemished, radiant finish. Cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise to get rid of dead skin sells and reduce that thick, cakey finish.
– Use a silicone spray; it’s makeup artist secret. Apply before foundation to essentially fill in creases, ensuring foundation is slip-free and flawless.
– Blend thin layers of foundation into the skin. Starting with a smaller amount than you think you need, apply the foundation around the centre of the cheek and forehead, blending towards the edge of your face. For more coverage use a dry triangle sponge; for less coverage use a wet sponge and stippling motion.
– Let your foundation dry and lightly damp it with a cloth or tissue, finishing your look with a light dusting of powder to lock makeup in place.

This is a guest post in association with Beauty Recommend



  1. Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt
    September 25, 2013 / 3:22 pm

    Great advise – thank you! Xx

  2. Helen Gray
    September 25, 2013 / 5:38 pm

    Agree with Max Factor Facefinity foundation, gives the premium a run for their money in terms of wear time and coverage. The palest colour is good for light tones as well

  3. Lucy Strachan
    September 26, 2013 / 8:27 am

    I have never heard of using a silicone spray before! Where can I buy one??

    • Hayley Carr
      September 30, 2013 / 2:53 pm

      I believe brands like Urban Decay do some great ones.

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