Like most things in life, there are steps to mastering perfection. Babies have to crawl before they walk. And we have to know our ABCs before we can read. The same goes for makeup. Especially when it comes to how to apply foundation.
Before mastering any graphic eyeliner or glitter lips, it’s essential that you understand the importance of a flawless base. Having poppy lids is cute and all. But that can be overshadowed by a splotchy or cakey foundation job.
To help you understand the basics of base makeup, we asked pro makeup artist Tia Hebron to show us how to apply foundation for a flawless look. Keep reading to discover the top tips to follow.
Pick the Right Color
Before becoming a pro at base makeup, you have to find the right color. And finding your perfect match goes beyond a basic color. It’s important to look at the color and undertones in your skin to find the best fit. For example, if you have fair skin with red undertones, a foundation with a yellow base is a no-go. “To find the perfect match foundation, ask for samples in a few shades closest to your skin tone,” suggests makeup pro Tia Hebron. With makeup megastores like Sephora and Ulta Beauty, there’s no shortage of products to try. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and have a pro swatch you to best match your complexion.
Find a Formula Fit for Your Skin Type
Skin type is a very important factor when choosing the proper base makeup. “When you choose a foundation formula that complements your skin type, textures and concerns, you will find it easier to apply and blend your foundation,” Hebron says. If your skin is dry, opt for a hydrating formula and if your skin is oily, try an oil-free or mattifying version. “If you have dry skin and use a mattifying formula, the foundation will not move seamlessly and you will have a hard time creating a flawless look,” Hebron warns.
Remember Less Is More
It’s easy to over-apply foundation. After all, we use it to cover up blemishes and imperfections, but did you know applying less foundation is best? “When you use too much foundation, it doesn’t blend in properly,” says Hebron. And we all know what it looks and feels like to have a cakey base. “To ensure you don’t apply too much product, apply it first where it’s needed and then apply on other areas of the face.”
Use the Right Tools
Blending your foundation is essential to flawless and even coverage. There are many ways to blend, but Hebron says that picking the tool that suits your skill set is key. “The tool determines the end result and appearance of the foundation application,” she says. “If you prefer sheer coverage, opt for your fingers, sponge or Beautyblender, but for a more perfected appearance try a foundation brush or Beautyblender.” No matter what tool you use to apply foundation, remember practice makes perfect.