May 02, 2022

Tutorial: The right way to use a face foundation

A foundation is often considered the stepping stone to good makeup. No matter the makeup style, it should always be perfect- else, it'll all look a mess. Don't worry if you struggle while applying foundation. Foundation application is tricky initially, but that never means you cannot ace the game!

Let's begin our tutorial with the basics,

How To Choose the Right Foundation? 

Point 1 - While it is taken that a foundation has to match your skin, you need to focus on identifying your skin's correct undertone to ensure the foundation is a match for your skin. Here a simple wrist test can help you.

Check the colour of your wrist veins:

  • purple or blue veins indicate a cool undertone
  • green or olive colour indicates warm undertones.
  • If you don't see any colour, you have a neutral undertone.

There is a foundation for everyone with the extensive range of Lotus Makeup Ecostay Intensive Serum Foundation! 

Point 2 - While choosing a foundation is to look for safe ingredients. Harmful chemicals in makeup can harm your skin in the long run. Opt for products that have no parabens or mineral oils. Natural makeup products have ingredients like Vitamin E that have anti-inflammatory properties. It will soothe the skin and promote blood circulation.

Now that you know the secret to choosing the perfect face foundation, let's move to learn how to apply the foundation.

Step 1: Get a Clean Canvas

Your face foundation will look flawless only when you have healthy skin. The primary step in your makeup routine should be cleansing, toning, and moisturising your skin. If there is a build-up of dead skin cells, or you need to do heavy makeup, an additional exfoliation step with a mild and gentle scrub might be of immense help.

Step 2: Set Your Base Correctly

If you're putting on the foundation for a prolonged period or doing heavy makeup, going the extra way to prime your skin is of immense help. Apart from helping the foundation stay in place for long hours, primer also helps control oil and dryness, hide blemishes, and blur the pores. You need to choose a primer that suits your skin's requirements. For example, smooth mattifying primers may be of immense help if you have blemishes or acne marks.

Step 3: Build Up Your Foundation

The rule of thumb while applying foundation and other natural makeup products is simple: Less is More. Hence, use a little foundation and layer it until you reach your desired coverage. Applying too much on a single go will make your skin look cakey and patchy. Also, instead of directly applying it to your face, squeeze a few drops over the back of your palm or on a palette to use it optimally.

Step 4: Blend It Outward

Concentrate on applying the foundation first around your cheeks and move towards the outer part as you blend it. Use a makeup sponge for this purpose. This will lighten your dark areas and blemishes appropriately and brighten the central portion, adding dimension to the entire face. If you still notice some spots or blemishes peeking through, apply more foundation or concealer over them to hide them. 

Step 5: Stop Rubbing Your Foundation In

If you have a habit of rubbing your brush or sponge over your foundation to blend them, you need to stop doing it. It can give you a patchy look. Use a dabbing motion to apply your foundation. This will help the foundation settle on the skin like a new layer and set the stage for applying the rest of the products. Remember that the foundation layer should feel like your second skin - choose the best foundation according to your skin tone and utilise this technique for the best effect.

Step 6: Choose Your Tools Properly

After applying your desired amount of foundation, you should use a clean sponge to dab on your skin. You may also use your fingers to dab the foundation well.

Pro Tip: Use a damp sponge to take off the excess foundation. Follow this procedure just once and see the difference. 

Step 7: Add Concealer Only Where Required

If you don't see any blemishes or dark circles after applying your foundation, there's no requirement to add another layer of concealer. Just a hint of highlighter will be perfect. And in case you see blemishes peeking through, add just the amount of concealer you need to cover up. 

Step 8: Set It Like A Pro With Pressed Powder

You don't need to apply pressed powder to your entire face. Use it only where required - your under-eyes, around your lips, on your smile lines, and the problematic areas of your skin. If you are prone to sweating or have oily skin, take a fluffy powder brush, take some powder, dab the excess, and apply it over your face with an extremely light hand. 

Once again, apply the same using dab motions with your brush or fingers, and you're done. Adding layers of concealer and highlighters may make your foundation cakey - so keep it simple and get ready to glow! 

Skin Tone Specific Shades

Wrapping Up 

A foundation, as the name suggests, is the foundation of your entire makeup. Therefore, as suggested in this tutorial, keep your foundation game strong to ace any makeup. Lotus Makeup's wide range of cruelty-free and natural makeup products, such as the liquid face foundations, primers, and pressed powders, make it easier to get a flawless makeup look.
Written by Lotus Herbals