Here’s how you can make your foundation look like a second skin

Buff, don't swipe!

Harper's Bazaar India

When it comes to make-up, foundation is an unsung hero. It creates an even base, preparing your skin for all the glam products that follow. Contrary to popular belief, finding the perfect formula is only half the battle; it's knowing the right tools and techniques that give you a perfect dewy finish. 

Now foundation is a complete make-it-or-break-it step in your make-up routine; it can go one of two ways—it either looks flawless or it looks cakey—like you just dipped your face in well, foundation. And no one wants that. So, ensuring that foundation blends seamlessly into your skin is critical. 

Here are a few steps you can follow in order to achieve that gorgeous second-skin-like foundation finish. Take notes! 

Clean the canvas 

The first step in achieving that perfect even-toned finish is cleaning and hydrating your skin. This ensures a smooth canvas for your make-up, which in turn, increases the longevity of your make-up. It’s a win-win! So if you want an almost airbrushed look, start by exfoliating (once or twice a week) and cleansing your face to get rid of any impurities that might be clogging your pores. Then apply your favourite moisturiser, keeping in mind the weather and your skin type; and if it is daytime, don't forget your sunscreen. 

Don’t skip the primer 

Primers hardly ever get enough credit. A lot of people believe in skipping over them to minimise product use, but these handy products aren’t without their benefits. A good primer will help blur pores, conceal fine lines, smoothen the skin, and hold on to your foundation for a long-lasting make-up look. Depending on your skin type and texture, you could opt for an anti-shine primer, a hydrating primer, or an illuminating one. Yes, it’s an extra step but it’s well worth the effort.

Pick the right blending tool 

One of the most common mistakes people make while applying foundation is opting for the blending tool. A damp beauty blender is an ideal choice because it can control the amount of foundation you use, while also giving you a seamless finish. A foundation brush is another great tool, especially if you’re looking for full coverage. But it's important to invest in a good foundation brush that won't streak your foundation which can make your face look cakey. And if all else fails, use your fingers. This way you have the best chance at controlling your product although it can be tougher to blend the foundation into your skin.  

Blend from the centre and move outwards   

Once you’ve picked up your weapon of choice, start blending from the centre of your face near, the apples of your cheeks, moving outwards using upward strokes. This will even out your foundation, providing a naturally dewy and radiant finish. Spend some extra time blending around the nose and mouth to avoid the pigment sticking to dry spots. Remember to start with minimal product and build up as you need. 

Buff then set   

Whether you’re using a sponge, brush, or your fingers, remember to buff (or bounce) the foundation into your skin rather than simply swiping it on to avoid streaks and a cakey finish. Once you're satisfied with your base, don’t forget to seal it in with some setting powder to ensure your foundation stays in place for longer.

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