16 July 2014

Top Tips: Foundation

Right before we start, I just want to say that I am no expert when it comes to makeup. Yes, I work for Dior, and yes, I do love all things makeup but these are my personal tried and tested tips, not expert advice! 

I find foundation is generally one of the things in the makeup world that people get very wrong on a very regular basis. It's generally down to shade and I've found a lot of pale people love a darker foundation and a lot of people also choose a foundation too light. Now girls, neither of these are a good look! You don't find foundations named ghost or tangerine so why make yourself look like these?

Rant over … on with my top tips!

1. Always use the right shade! I personally recommend to match your foundation to the colour of your neck. You can then add colour into your face with blusher and bronzer.

2. Use sparingly! Less is more! It's always easier to add more on that to take it off and nobody likes the caked on look! Plus your foundation will last you much longer!

3. Find a suitable foundation for your skin type - not all foundations will suit everyone! E.g. if you have dry skin, avoid matte foundations as they tend to cling to dry patches.

4. If you want a more tanned complexion without buying a darker foundation, mix tinted moisturiser in with your foundation.

5. Always use a primer! It will provide a much better base for your foundation to sit on and will last a lot longer!

6. I find the finish of my foundation is always better if I use a brush or sponge. If you like using your fingers then finish off with a brush or sponge once applied to buff into the skin. 

7. High end foundations tend to be much better for your skin and there is always a better colour choice! With high street brands you're presented with ghost, light tangerine, medium tangerine, dark tangerine, and nothing in between!

8. To remove any excess foundation, don't wipe it off! Instead, pat/blot with a tissue or clean sponge. 

9. Apply to the centre of the face outwards - generally most of us only really need foundation in the centre so this will prevent you from using too much. 

10. Finally, when applying a powder foundation, I like to start of with a large powder brush and then go over specific areas (under eyes, around nose and on blemishes) and pat powder on with a fluffy eyeshadow blending brush. 

So there you have my top 10 foundation tips. I hope these have helped you out and feel free to ask me any questions in the comments!

What are your top tips for foundation? Are any of them the same as mine?


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