Applying foundation is nothing short of an art. You have to be really vigilant while applying this wonder product. Getting the application right can transform your face into a perfectly even and radiant version of yourself. But, if you get the application wrong, you will be left with a lackluster, cakey face which is something you certainly don’t want!

The product itself is quite unique with many hidden nuances; every single one of which plays an important role to help you master it before applying foundation to your face. Wondering what are those? Read on to find out.

If you don’t ‘prep’ your skin, your foundation will not look flattering

Before applying any makeup, you have to remember a mantra: prepping the skin is the only way you will have flawless makeup.

Our face is a representation of creases, contours, and cervices of skin – dry skin. This, in turn, makes cleaning and moisturizing extremely important to help you get that perfect base for your primer and foundation.

Start with cleaning your face and if you want, you can follow it with exfoliation. Use a lightweight moisturizer that can restore the moisture level to your skin making it look healthy and shiny. After prepping your skin, you have to wait for about 15 to 20 minutes to let your skin cells absorb the product. When done, you can proceed with the rest of the makeup.

Before applying foundation, make sure that the lighting in your room is good

You might have read in a magazine or heard a beauty influencer discuss how different types of lighting will make your makeup look different. For example, the way the makeup looks in fluorescent lighting will be different from the way it looks in yellow lighting.

Yellow lighting can make your skin look washed out while fluorescent lighting can make you look pale. Keeping this in mind, it is always better to apply foundation in natural lighting. If you don’t have access to natural lighting, you can always use a white LED light that has a warmer effect.

Make sure you are buying the correct foundation formula for your skin type

There are four main types of foundations available via many outlets: powder foundation, liquid foundation, mousse or cream foundation, and tinted moisturizers.

Each of these foundation formulae can help you get the perfect finish but, you also have to consider your skin types. For example, if you have oily skin, using a powder foundation or a liquid foundation can work wonders for your skin. But, if you have dry skin, it would be better to skip it.

Even in terms of coverage, you can choose a foundation formula. Tinted moisturizers are perfect for a more natural finish with sheer coverage whereas, liquid foundations or cream foundations can give a more fuller coverage.

Don’t use a concealer before applying foundation

This is a common beauty mistake that most of us make. You see, both concealers and foundations can help to camouflage your flaws.

If you apply concealer after your foundation, you would not need to use more concealer product which wouldn’t have been the case otherwise. Also, the foundation acts as a base that can help your concealer stay crease-free for longer periods.

Your undertones are as important as your skin tone

Thankfully, many of us are now buying foundations that match our true skin tone. However, matching the foundation to our undertones is still something that we tend to forget.

Your undertone is the hue underneath your skin surface. Undertones can be broadly categorized into three categories: cool, warm, and neutral. It’s important that you buy a foundation that suits your undertone for a more natural finish.

A foolproof way to find out your undertone is to check the color of your veins. If your veins look blue or purple, you have a cool undertone. If it looks more green or olive, you have a warm undertone.

Neutral undertones are a mixture of cool and warm so your veins would have a more blueish-green or greenish-blue look to it.

Rubbing the foundation product will make it look patchy

You will find a lot of people that rub the foundation into the skin instead of dabbing it. Rubbing the foundation will make it look patchy whereas dabbing it will give you a softer and smoother look.

Having the correct application tools can make your foundation look fab

We are already well aware of how important blending is when it comes to makeup and especially foundation. Using the right application tool can help you achieve that Photoshop-level finish that professional makeup artists create.

You can use a makeup brush or a beauty blender for a more seamless application. Don’t forget to dampen the beauty blender before blending, though. If you prefer using your fingers, you can do so too, but use a brush in the end to reach the little corners and nooks that your fingers might not have been able to reach.

Setting your foundation will help to make it last longer

There are many of us who are not aware of the importance of setting our makeup. Makeup is an art that requires time and effort. We sometimes spend hours at a time trying to perfect that base or that eyeliner. Imagine putting in all that work only for it to start melting or creasing after two to three hours.

After you are done with your foundation and the rest of the makeup, don’t forget to apply a little bit of setting powder or setting spray to your face. Not only will this help to make your makeup more long-lasting, but these products also have formulas that can make your skin have that sun-kissed glow from within. If you prefer a more matte look, there are mattifying setting powders and setting sprays available in shops as well. This will result in a definite win-win situation for you and your makeup game.

Resources – Cosmopolitan, Buzzfeed

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