Top five foundation mistakes – are you making them ?

love foundationWe love hearing from you girls, either when you come into the salon, or via email.  So we were thrilled when friend of the store Erin got in touch recently, saying she was having trouble with her foundation.  Although I’ve blogged before about the importance of primer – in this post, I just wanted to concentrate on the top five mistakes we see trans women making when they’re applying foundation.

1.    Choosing the wrong nuance

All makeup artists are of the opinion that foundation should be in the same tone as your natural complexion. To determine the perfect tone for your skin apply a line of each of the 3 or 4 colors that seem closest to your complexion to your jawline and choose the one that blends most invisibly.

2.    Applying foundation with force

If you enforce too much pressure on your sponge or applicator you will not get a better coverage. All you will accomplish by rubbing too hard is reddening of the skin and an uneven distribution of the foundation. For a better effect use your fingertips and apply the foundation with light circular motions.

3.    Applying foundation with insufficient light

If the room is too bright or too dark you will not be able to see properly and cover all of your face evenly. When you go outside, the daylight will make your mistakes visible. Our advice is to create your makeup in the same light in which you will be wearing it.

4.    You are applying more than is needed

If you are trying to cover up some defect, you should know that masking it over with foundation has the reverse effect. Spread the foundation in an even layer over your whole face; do not pile it in one area, because this will attract attention to this area.  Your skin needs air, so in this case “the less, the better” is the rule to go by. Otherwise you may be mistaken for a clown.

5. You have not prepared the skin before applying foundation

Primer is so important – so so important !! YOU HAVE TO PREP YOUR SKIN ladies !!. Then you have to hydrate it with a moisturizing lotion. You can begin applying foundation once the moisturizer is completely absorbed.

Would love to know what your top tips are for foundation – do you have a favourite ?  Or maybe a brush you like to use for a flawless finish – why not pop me a line ?

Joanna

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