Foundation is considered by many a miracle product that helps to cover up flaws and make the complexion even. Many report that foundation even enhances natural skin tone. Some foundations function as sunscreens, moisturizers, and primers or base layers as well. Really, foundation is the base canvas on which you build your entire makeup look, which is why it’s the primary cosmetic product which is found in almost every makeup bag.
The best part is that foundation is found in hundreds of different tones, which caters to various skin types too. The overall purpose of the foundation is to provide an even tone, a smooth finish, and hydration to the skin. It does this by helping to hide imperfections like blemishes, redness, dark circles, and so on. Multiple foundations contain a moisturizing component, which makes skin appear healthy and youthful. Light foundations like BB creams help to protect the skin from harmful rays of the sun (with UV protectant) while also letting the skin breathe. A wide coverage of foundation types are available, such as:
- Full coverage
It is necessary to follow certain steps while applying foundation to achieve flawless and healthy-looking face:
1. Assess the color difference between your face and neck
This is a very important part as it will help you to choose the right foundation for your skin tone, which is where a lot of people go wrong. Stand in front of a mirror and take a good look at whether the foundation you chose can blend with the skin tone of your face and neck. If you are not sure, you can always take help from your family members, friends, or even a cosmetic retailer who will be able to tell the correct shade for your skin. If one shade isn’t suiting both areas, you can consider picking two similar shades and mixing them.
2. Choosing skin tone and texture
Before buying a foundation, you have to take into consideration the differences in both skin tones and textures. You need to select shades that are one tone lighter and darker than your actual skin tone. This will provide an even look to your complexion as the skin on your face and neck isn’t the same color and some areas are more tanned than others. Also, the skin on your face may be much oilier than the skin on your neck, so keep that in mind while choosing the type of foundation.
3. Application and blending
Blend your makeup, preferably with a blending sponge, as it will give an even look and keep the issue of cakiness at bay. There are various application tools for applying foundations like fingers, sponges, brushes, and airbrushes, which help in the seamless blending of the foundation. Instead of first doing your full face makeup and then moving to the neck, finish applying foundation to the entire area first, so as to have an even base.
4. Keeping your foundation in place
It is important to set your makeup after applying it, otherwise, the heat and moisture in the air will make it look patchy and faded. Furthermore, it is very important to avoid having a sharp, visible line between the face and neck as this will look strange. You can use a good setting powder and spray after applying the foundation for the same.