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Creating the Perfect Foundation

02, February 2013

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Foundation is one of the most important parts of any pageant girls', or girls in general, makeup. It is used to even out our skin tone and texture. When it is applied correctly the airbrushed look we all crave is easily achievable, when you wear the wrong type of foundation the look is pancake-y, uneven, and very unflattering. The key to finding the perfect foundation is figuring out what type of skin you have.

Types of Foundation and the Skin They Cover

  • Tinted Moisturizer- Normal/ Normal-to-Dry Skin- A very sheer, lightweight coverage that is perfect for a natural look.
  • Tinted Face Balm- Extra-Dry Skin- A sheer coverage the hydrates the skin giving a dewy look, reducing fine lines.
  • Stick Foundation- All Skin Types except Oily Skin- The best foundation for photography that is perfect for spot or full coverage.
  • Liquid Foundation- Dry/ Extra-Dry Skin- This hydrates and smooths, providing full to medium coverage.
  • Moisturizing Compact- Dry/ Extra-Dry Skin- The hydrating formula provides medium to full coverage.
  • Whipped Foundation- Combination/Textured Skin- Balances oily skin by hydrating dry spots and absorbing the oils in the T-zone, providing medium to full coverage.
  • Oil- Free Liquid Foundation- Oily Skin- Absorbs oil while giving light to medium coverage.
  • Oil- Free Cream Foundation- Normal-to-Oily Skin- Absorbs oil while covering acne and large pores easily and gives a medium to full coverage.
  • Oil-Free Powder Compact- Oily Skin- The portability of this product makes it perfect for touch ups and gives great medium to full coverage.
  • Mineral Powder- Very Oily Skin- This foundation can be very pancake-y if not used on oily skin, we wary when choosing a color because oily skin tends to change the color of powders, they may also appear dry and pasty.

Finding the Perfect Shade The goal of foundation is to disappear into skin.

  • Buy Yellow Based Foundation- Only 1% of people need pink based foundation, it looks like a mask on the other 99%. If you sunburn even in the shade, disregard this rule.
  • Test Multiple Shades- The prime testing area of skin is between the nose and side of your cheek. Make a strip of foundation from cheek to jaw line blending gently, the correct shade will disappear. Always be sure to test one shade lighter and one shade darker for comparison.
  • Double Check the Color- Double check the color on your forehead. The shade that matches the skin here will work well for the entire face.
  • Test Foundation in Natural Light- Different lighting can trick you into buying the wrong shade. Your true match will disappear into skin no matter what the light, natural being the hardest to please. Also, never test on your arm or hand, the skin tone rarely matches the face.
  • Adjust- Adjust the color of your foundation for the different times of the year. Buy a darker shade in the spring to mix into your typical foundation to keep skin flawless between seasons.

Tools

  • Sponges or makeup wedges
  • Foundation brush with synthetic bristles, which blend the best
  • Your fingers! They warm and blend makeup better than any other tool

Application

  1. Begin by applying a small amount of foundation around your nose.
  2. Blend the foundation upward toward the hairline.
  3. Apply foundation all over, or only to the parts that need coverage.
  4. Use your fingers to press the foundation into the skin to fully blend.
  5. Use a blemish stick after the foundation to cover blemishes or red spots. This is also the time to apply under eye concealer.

Tips

  • For those with combination skin look for foundations that have both silica beads, which soak up oil, and lecithin, which hydrates skin. Moisturizers and toners can be applied where needed to balance out your foundation choice.
  • While sponges are a great tool for applying foundation, nothing can replace the power of your fingertips. Everything, foundation, concealer, lip color, and pencils, all glide much easier when at body temperature, between 97-98 degrees Fahrenheit. Always clean your hands and nails before applying makeup.
  • To see how the foundation will truly look, let it sit for a few minutes. At that point you can go over any trouble spots with more.
  • If you select the wrong color apply a layer of darker foundation or powder bronzer to balance the color. Select the bronzer tone carefully; sometimes tones of yellow, red, orange, or blue are needed. The face should match the rest of you!
  • If your neck is a different color, apply a warm bronzer to your neck instead of lightening your entire face.
  • If you are suffering from a red complexion, maybe from crying after being crowned, run to the bathroom and apply a sheer coat of foundation, making sure you can see the skin tone underneath. Use a bronzer lightly on the face, neck and chest to blend.
  • If your skin begins to resemble and orange peel, meaning very bumpy, try a light moisturizer pressed into the skin with your hands, layer with more foundation. If this does not work take the foundation off and greatly hydrate the skin. Wait two minutes before trying a different foundation formula. A great makeup job is nothing without a smooth base!
  • If you look pasty the color is too light, pick a darker formula to look more natural.
  • If your skin looks yellow, the color is too dark. Recheck the color on your cheek and forehead. Switch to another color and correct with bronzer.

Using these tips and tricks you are one step closer to looking flawless.

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