Not only can the wrong shade of foundation give you an unnatural cast, it can age you well beyond your years. But if you happen to have a too-dark foundation in your stash, hold off before tossing it or sending it back — unless you want to go for that more mature look, that is. You may just be able to make a too-dark foundation work to your advantage. Learn what to do if your base is too light, and for tips on correcting base that's too dark, just read more.
In the makeup world, there are few things worse than discovering you've purchased a too-light foundation shade. But before you palm it off to a fair-skinned friend or head back to try and get a refund, make your mismatched makeup work for you. Here's how:
Pressed and loose powder can save makeup from moving throughout the day, but did you ever think to wear powder under and over your makeup look to create a budge-proof base? Double up on the product to stamp out oil before it starts. "Powder your face before makeup to absorb sebum before it can get to your foundation," recommends David Horne, Director of Product Development for Illamasqua. "Then, press a [tissue] against your face before applying another layer of powder to remove any extra oils in the foundation."
Horne also recommends avoiding gel and wax eyeliner formulas if you're having trouble getting your makeup to behave. Instead, mix your favourite product with a sealing gel to avoid "candle wax" liner later in the day. And when you're shopping for a crease-resistant eye shadow, test on your wrist where the skin wrinkles naturally.
Perhaps you love the concept of airbrush foundation, but you don't want to fork over hundreds of dollars to purchase the tools to achieve the effect. Luckily, you don't have to look any further than what's in your makeup bag to mimic that flawless finish. First, just dot your liquid foundation on the following areas: the forehead, chin, cheeks, and tip of the nose. Next, using circular motions, simply blend in the foundation with a blush-sized brush, preferably one with bristles that are slightly more densely packed. This ensures your makeup will buff on beautifully for soft-focus results. Here are some great options:
Applying foundation is one of those really personal things. It’s a bit like the face you pull while applying mascara – it can be categorised, yet it’s still uniquely yours.
There’s always much talk amongst the pros and the cos (cosmetic obsessives) about the best way to apply foundation.
The majority of experts lean towards a brush for a flawless finish, but I’ve always preferred using my hands as I’m a tinted moisturiser kinda gal.
Of course it depends on the type of foundation you’re going for – I’d hate to see the patchy coverage of trying to buff mineral foundation in with your hands – but in general, how do you apply foundation?