Foundation Basics: Part 2

Foundation:

As I am sure you all know foundations job is basically to cover any minor imperfections and even out skin tone.  Finding an object such as this is not something that is all that difficult.  The difficulty with foundation is not only finding a texture and formula that work for you, but also a foundation that can last on your skin.

My knowledge of powder, creme and mineral foundations is fairly limited so I will be limiting my discussion to Liquid foundations.  If you have an Advice, tips or knowledge to share about Powder, Creme or mineral foundations feel free to share it.

Some Application Tips:

  • Even when you want a good amount of coverage in your foundation, no one wants it to look cakey.  For this reason I suggest starting with a small amount.  It is always easier to add makeup than have to take it off.
  • Always try before you buy.  If you have access to a location where you can get a sample I suggest asking for one.  It not only gives you a chance to see how the foundation will wear on your skin through a day, it also lets you see if the product matches in various lighting.
  • Look for something that will compliment, rather than fight your skin.  This may not be common sense (it was not for me for a while) but try looking for products that will not exaggerate any skin issues.  For example a matte foundation may not be ideal for those with dry skin.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix.  Many individuals have problems finding a foundation to match their skin perfectly (this becomes even more difficult with full coverage foundations as opposed to tinted moisturizers).  If you find a foundation formula that you absolutely love, but the color does not match perfectly, you can mix two foundation colors together to match your skin tone.

Tools:

This is another category that you are given a great deal of freedom to choose if you want it or not.  Depending on your budget and prefered method of application the products you buy will change.

Through out the years I have used a wide array of application methods including fingers, sponges, and brushes.  There are positives and negatives to each category.

Fingers

Pros – This is the cheapest method for foundation application.  It is also the quickest.

Cons –The foundation is more likely to oxidize (turn dark) when using fingers to apply foundation.  It can also result in the foundation not lasting as long as your face.

Sponges

Pros – This is a great tool for those just beginning to wear makeup.  These are easily assessable at most drugstores and supermarkets.  They also typically come in larger packages (since the wedge-shaped sponges are typically one time use).

Cons – the sponges do tend to absorb a large amount of liquid product.  These are definitely more suited to dry or cream foundations.  The cost can also add up over time if you are using them only once.

Brushes

Pros – These are typically a one time purchase.  In addition if properly cared for the brushes can last for several years.  You can also find some cheaper options at art stores (My two concealer brushes were 3 dollars a piece at Michael’s, and are far nicer than any other concealer brush I have owned).

Cons – Not only is there a wide selection of brushes to choose from, which can be overwhelming.  There is also a pretty sharp learning curve.  However, after going out with streaky or blotchy makeup a couple of times you will learn to check it.  If you do plan to buy a foundation brush, you may want to do some research on the various types and how they are used to see which one will work for you.

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