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Foundation is always an essential part of my beauty routine. I particularly enjoy the art of painting my face and creating a veil which can either mask a pretty nasty breakout or accentuate my natural dew. However, foundation is one of those things that can be really tricky if you’re a beginner. Questions that may arise for a first time often include: how do I know what my correct shade is? Why does my foundation turn orange? How do I look more matte if I’m oily or more dewy if my skin is dry?
Look no further, I’ve got you.
In this particular video, I’ve addressed all the issues related to foundation that can take your foundation game from 0 to 100 really quickly. I’ve also decided to compile a blog post to let in on all my tips and tricks, holy grail products and everything you need to know to step up your foundation game.
FIRST THINGS FIRST: CLEAN UP YOUR ACT
A clean face is essential before applying foundation. This is because your foundation is more likely to look less flawless if you’re applying foundation to dirty skin (which could lead to a nasty breakout) or even worse, reapplying a new layer of foundation on top of an previous one.
If you’re an oily girl like me, you’ll know the struggle when it comes to being shiny. When I did my research about oily skin and applying foundation to skin that’s oily (and has not been cleaned), it can actually cause your foundation to turn orange in colour. This is due to a process called oxidation.
Oxidation: A chemical reaction that happens when chemicals in the foundation react to oxygen or excess oils.
In order to remove any dirt and excess oils on my skin, I use my cotton rounds and Garnier Micellar Water which is suitable for even sensitive skin. It retails for about R64,95 for a full size and is available at most drugstores. I purchased mine from Clicks. It removes make-up too so it doubles for when you need to take your face off. I have the on-the-go travel size and it lasted so long, considering that I’ve had it for about 3 months now. I am obsessed with it and it does not irritate my skin because it is perfume-free. It’s excellent for removing make-up, but I’ll have a detailed post on it in the near future. I make sure to clean my entire face, all the way down to my neck, because we’ll be applying foundation there too.
Something that goes hand in hand with cleaning your face, is getting hair out of it too. The dirt from your hair can get into your skin and can cause break-outs. When applying make-up, always ensure that your hair is out of your face.
SURPRISE, SURPRISE – MOISTURIZE
Now that our skin is clean and good to go for the rest of our make-up application, we need to moisturize our skin. Moisturizer ensures a smooth canvas for make-up application and helps your primer (which is the next step) adhere to the moisturizer, making sure it does not get lost in the skin.
In this tutorial, I moisturized with The Body Shop Rose Dewy Glow Face Mist. You can use a primer water, setting spray or a lotion-type moisturizer. I used to use the Isabella Garcia Day Defense Moisturizer and I’m a huge fan of the African Extracts Day Lotion. If you want a more matte finish, I’d recommend an oil-free moisturizer or setting spray.
In all honesty, my face absorbed all the mist that was sprayed onto my face. It didn’t really leave me with a healthy glow below my foundation, but did a great job at hydrating my skin like a moisturizer would.
Once your moisturizer has settled into your skin, it’s time to move onto primer. Primer is going to work hand in hand with your moisturizer to give your skin exactly what it needs. When buying a primer, a good rule of thumb is to go for something you know you need. Are your pores visible when it comes to make-up application? If so, a pore minimizer should do the trick. A bit oily and want a more subtle look? An anti-shine primer is what you’re looking for. After a little bit of glow? An illuminating primer will help to give your skin a natural glow.
In this tutorial I opted for the LA Girl Pro Prep HD Smoothing Face Primer. I prefer applying primer with my hands, all over my face with a specific focus on my T-Zone and pore problem areas. This minimizes the appearance of my pores and helps my skin look extra smooth.
Here’s the fun part. I love everything about foundations and I’ve been in the make-up game long enough to know exactly what works and what doesn’t. The right tools are essential for the job. There are two types of foundation brushes. A buffing brush helps to push product into the skin. My holy grail foundation brush is the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. There is also a flat foundation brush which is great for applying foundation, however I’m not a fan of the streaks it leaves in my face.
It’s important to know what coverage you’re after in a foundation.
Coverage: the opacity or transparency of the foundation (ranges from light to medium to full)
If you want something full coverage, you’d go for a foundation that you’re going to throw on for events or maybe to cover acne scarring. This ensures that the skin doesn’t really show through the foundation. In this video, I used the LA Girl Pro Coverage foundation in Warm Beige. I love this foundation with all my heart and soul because it’s buildable and it does not feel heavy on my skin.
If you’re after an everyday foundation, you’d go for a BB Cream or tinted moisturizer.
BB Cream/Tinted Moisturizer: Lighter in texture than a foundation and is often used to even out skin tone.
I used to love BB Creams but I just cannot get myself to wear make-up everyday. I firmly believe that you need to give your skin a break from wearing make-up because wearing make-up everyday speeds up the ageing process and can result in acne breakouts.
To find your shade of foundation, you can ask a skincare consultant to colour match you.
Colour match: Finding your correct shade of foundation through a series of testing colours within your shade range.
I personally hate it when people colour match me because I’ve been colour matched incorrectly twice before and I hate spending my hard-earned money only to waste it on something that is either too light, too dark or just makes me look orange. My hack for finding my correct shade is taking a foundation I know I’m a 100% match in and swatching other foundations next to it. That way, I know one is my perfect shade and that needs to be what I go for. I also find out that there are now apps which help you find your correct shade online. I personally haven’t tried it but I would like to. Would you like to see a video on that?
Next, we’re going to use our foundation brush and just drag all the product on our skin. Make sure to get your neck too because we can’t have our neck and our face being two different colours. In order to ensure even application of the foundation, you want to go in with a damp beauty blender. The one I used in the video is not from Beauty Blender but I remember buying it at Dischem and it does exactly the same job and isn’t going to cost me an arm and a leg.
Damp Beauty Blender: Allows for streak-free blending and dewy finishes.
It’s so important to smooth out products on the skin, because if you applied too much in a certain area, that is where it is going to cake on you.
Cake: Where foundation or concealer sits on the skin and looks visibly thick instead of smooth and seamless.
This is where The Body Shop Rose Dewy Glow really shined (literally) in this video. When finishing your foundation, you can either use a setting spray (provided that you have all your other make-up on) or you can go more matte and use a setting powder instead.
Setting Powder: Blurs fine lines and pores and ensures that make-up stays in place all day.
Overall, my first impressions on the product was that it definitely did its job, only when it came to finishing off my foundation. It didn’t really do anything as a primer.
Have you learned anything new from this video/blog post? If so, let me know. I love creating content that allows me to educate my viewers at the same time.