I am not much of a foundation user. And not because of anything else but mostly because my skin is pretty clear and doesn’t demand it. I realise that as I get older, I will have to invest in one but right now, I am good. But. But. I did do a makeup course at Fat Mu and picked up a few tricks to getting the foundation down right. And because I am a really nice person, I am passing these tricks on to you. These 5 foundation hacks could be the difference between you looking cakey and natural. Or between you getting the wrong shade and the right . And all that. You get the drift. So here goes.

  1. Prep your skin. 

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Before you start applying your makeup, prep your skin. For this, clean your face. Exfoliate if you haven’t in a while and then apply your moisturizer. If you are going to be outdoors, try a gel moisturizer (my favourites are here) and if not, just apply your regular moisturizer to your face. If you want a dewy or a slightly illuminated finish, you can mix you illuminator with your moisturizer to give you a glowy look.

#Protip: Take very, very little of the illuminator to mix with the moisturizer. Too much and you will end up looking too shiny. Like a disco ball.

2. Prime it up

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Use a primer. It acts as a layer between your skin and the product and can make your foundation last much longer. Also, a good primer will even out your skin a little bit and if it’s slightly tinted, you might even have to use less foundation which, frankly, is a good thing.

#Protip: Get a primer that’s not silicone based. These leave a kind of a film on the skin and it’s something I don’t like.

3. Get the colour right

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You should always, always get a foundation in your shade. Not a shade lighter, not darker, your exact match. How do you check? When buying your foundation, test it against your jaw. Apply a tiny bit, blend and then wait. Walk around suspiciously staring at clothes. Try men’s shows. Whatever you need to do to waste time.  After a few minutes, if you can’t see it in the mirror, pick it up. If you can, it’s the wrong shade.

#ProTip: Always check the colour of your foundation in natural light. If you are at a makeup counter, go the clothes section and check it there.

4. Slow and steady

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If you tend to apply tiny dots on your face and then go about blending, stop now. Here’s what you need to do to get flawless coverage. Apply 3-4 dots on a particular area. Now, blend in the product. Only after you’ve blended that in, should you apply the next 3 dots. This way, your foundation will stay blendable and you ca build your coverage instead of having a mask-like appearance.

#ProTip: To look natural, keep the foundation sheer to medium. Your face can look extremely flat with full coverage makeup.

5. Invest in a beauty blender

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Notice how I didn’t say ‘ Invest in a sponge’ but instead I went all out and said beauty blender. I say this because , trust me, this product is EPIC. It’s the difference between your foundation looking awesome and awful. It’s my go to for makeup and it’s the best investment I have made. It retails at Rs.2000 but trust me, it’s a good decision. (I will review it soon. )

#ProTip: Always , always dampen your beauty blender before you use it. Then, prepare to be amazed.

 

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