If I had to limit my beauty “must haves” to five items, foundation will always be on the list. Regardless of the formula, some type of foundation is a must-have for a truly flawless look.
One of the best ways to get the most out of your product is to make sure you’re applying it correctly. Applying foundation isn’t a complex process, but there are better recommended practices than others.
Some of the most common foundation mistakes are:
- Using your fingers rather than professional beauty tools. Don’t feel bad if you’ve been doing this; I would be willing to bet every single last one of us have done this at one time or another. It’s just instinct. Plus, not all of us start out able to buy both the foundation and the applicators, so I get it. However, it really is beneficial to invest in a quality application tool such as Beauty Blender or Brush set ( like this Juvia’s 7pc Purple Brush Set ). Start off with the basics: one blending sponge or a basic brush set. You can go with the single foundation brush, but in my opinion, it’s better to get a basic set for the entire face (plus, it ends up being cheaper in the long run; trust me).
- Not choosing the formula which works for you. It’s easy to get caught up in the sweep of new products, new formulas and snazzy advertising. Knowing your basic skin type is the best start to choosing the right foundation for you. If you’re oily, best to go with a mattifying formula; dry skinned ladies want to choose one that is more hydrating. MUA Pro Base Long Wear Matte Finish Foundation is a gorgeous formula available in 23 shades. It provides full coverage, is paraben free and formulated with Vitamin E. It provides all-day shine control.
- Not setting properly. A good powder and or setting spray will work wonders for your look. MUA’s Pro Base Full Coverage Matte Powder is a perfect companion to the Pro Base Foundation. Urban Decay’s All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray is another great formula which locks in your makeup for up to 12 hours.
- Using foundation which has expired or has become “gummy.” I just threw out some gummy foundation yesterday. I tried to rationalize it to myself by saying “I just bought this,” but then I realized exactly the “when” of it being “just bought.” I bought it when I started my previous desk job, and that was in January. It’s now nearly the end of October. Time for a new jar (and possibly a new shade). Which brings me to my next point…
- Not switching shades according to seasons. This doesn’t have to be a dramatic change; we’re talking either a shade lighter or a shade darker. Unless you’ve really tanned up, then you might want to consider going two shades up.
Foundation is one of the most personal items in your makeup bag. What do I mean by that? It’s literally the glue that holds your entire look together. The wrong foundation (whether it’s the wrong shade, wrong formula or old and gummy) can sink your look.
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