The base of any makeup look? Foundation. Unlike eyeliner or bronzer, it can seem very easy to master. And yet, we all keep making lots of mistakes, from choosing the wrong foundation for our skin type to not blending it properly. God knows I’ve been guilty of my fair share too.
How can I forget all those orange drugstore foundations I used as a teen because, at the time, it was impossible to find cheap pale shades in shops? I cringe just to think about it. Oh well, at least that has now changed and you can find a good match at any price point, and yet most of us still struggle with picking the right one.
And that’s only one of the most common mistakes we still make with our foundations. Here are more:
1. Using too wrong shade for your skin tone
A lot of girls opt for a foundation that’s darker than their skintone to fake a tan. Others choose a shade that’s too light to fake a paler complexion. Neither are good looks. Those areas of your body that anyone can see, such as your hands and legs, will give your secret away and just make you look weird. Embrace your skintone as is and choose a foundation shade that exactly matches it.
2. Testing your foundation on your wrist or jaw
Every time I go shopping for a new foundation, the SAs here still insists on trying it on on my wrist or the back of my hands. *sighs* Then, there are those who tell you to try it on your jawline. None of these are good places to try on your foundation. That’s because the skin on your face is a different colour than the skin on your hands and that of your chest. You don’t want a shade that matches your jawline or hands but is too dark or pale for the rest of your body. Instead, try foundation on your chest. That way, even when you wear a low cut top or a vest, your skintone will be the same colour from top to bottom.
3. Not blending properly
If you don’t blend your foundation properly, you’ll be left with ugly, patchy, and streaky spots on the skin. And they’ll only look worse when you set your foundation with powder. The best way to apply foundation is with a foundation brush with synthetic bristles (they work best than natural hair for liquids), such as Ecotools Bamboo Foundation Brush. Then, even everything out with a sponge, such as Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. This techniques ensures an even coverage and a flawless, airbrushed finish.
4. Use the wrong foundation for your skin type
If you have oily skin, avoid foundations with a glowy finish as they’ll just make your face look oiler. Also, stay away from rich, creamy formulas that may cause breakouts. If you have dry skin, instead, steer clear of matte foundations. They make you look flat and exacerbate the dry patches and fine lines on your skin.
5. You’re using too much powder
I’m lucky foundations usually last for ages on me even without a powder. But for most women, one is essential. So, avoid tinted powders. Even when they match your skintone well, you risk a cakey look. Instead, opt for a translucent powder and dust it on lightly. It will be undetectable on the skin, keeping your complexion looking fresh for hours. Also, don’t rely on powders to keep your face shine-free during the day. Using oil blotters whenever you need to do so works much better.
Are you making these foundation mistakes?