The base for any flawless makeup look is two important products – concealer and foundation. Using both these products the right way together can create the impression of smooth, blemish-free skin that you can then apply makeup on.
However, to get this look, you need to know how to apply them properly. Here’s how you should apply both concealer and foundation on your skin.
- When You Shop For A Foundation
1. Pick The Right Shade
The first time you purchase a foundation, buy it at a store so that you can actually see how it looks on your skin. Apply it to your face or neck so that you can see how it blends. If you’re shopping for a foundation just before the start of the summer season, choose one shade darker than your skin tone as you could tan during the warmer months.
2. Liquid vs Powder Formula
You can pick either a liquid foundation or a powder foundation depending on your skin type and preference. If you have oily skin and prefer a foundation with a matte finish, then go for a powder foundation. A liquid foundation works well for drier skin since it helps hydrate and soften it as well as provide more coverage.
- Prep Your Face
Never apply any type of foundation to your skin directly. Here are the steps you need to follow to prep your face before you apply foundation:
1. Cleanse Your Face
Begin by washing your face. It’s important that all the dirt and oil that’s on it is washed off because you don’t want it to sit on your skin for hours layered by a heavy coat of foundation. Depending on your skin type, you can use a cleanser. If you have oily skin, try a cleansing mud with charcoal and clay to help rid your pores from excess oil. If your skin is prone to redness use a cleanser with anti-inflammatory agents to help calm your skin.
2. Exfoliate And Moisturise
Yes, the kind of foundation you select depends on whether it will look flaky and dry once you apply it, but it also depends on whether you skip this step or not. To get an even base for applying your concealer and foundation, use an exfoliating scrub. Look for one that contains hydroxy acid. Then, to hydrate your skin, use a moisturiser and massage a thin layer of it on your face. Let it sit for about 5 minutes before you apply your base.
- Tips To Apply Your Foundation
After you’re through with prepping your face, you can now finally get to applying the product. The technique will differ a bit depending on whether you’re using a liquid or powder foundation.
1. Liquid Foundation
Use a brush, a sponge or even your fingers and start with a small amount at the middle of your forehead, nose, chin and under your eyes. Remember to spread the foundation outward toward your neck and hairline. While blending the foundation, gently tap it into your skin and not rub or wipe it. Use a concealer to hide any blemishes and finally, use a setting powder to hold it all together.
2. Powder Foundation
When applying a powder foundation, it’s important to use the right kind of brush. If you want light coverage, pick a large brush with less dense bristles and if you want more coverage, opt for a thicker brush. Swirl your brush into the foundation and then apply it on your face in circular motions at a slow pace. Once you’re done, dust off any excess powder.
Concealers That Colour-Correct Your Skin
The newest trend in concealers, and a more effective and wholesome solution to covering blemishes, is the colour correcting concealer palette. With colours of purple, orange, red, green, yellow and blue you may wonder what all these colours mean, but each of these actually has a different function.
The logic behind having this colour palette for a concealer is that picking a colour opposite to that on the colour wheel will cancel out the blemish on your skin. For instance, green is opposite to red on the colour wheel; hence the green shade in the concealer palette will work the best to conceal pimple and acne marks. Here’s what you need to know about using the colours correctly:
- Purple Concealer
Purple is opposite to yellow and works best for hiding yellow undertones on your skin and to brighten a dull complexion.
- Green Concealer
Since green is opposite to red, it works best to hide redness, acne and pimples. It also works well if you have rosacea.
- Orange Concealer
If you have a dark skin tone, your blue dark circles and uneven tones will be covered by an orange concealer, as it is opposite to blue.
- Pink Concealer
If you have a lighter skin tone, use a pink concealer to hide under-eye dark circles. It is a mix of lighter hues like red, orange and yellow which are opposite to the darker hues of blue, green and purple.
- Yellow Concealer
Any blemish that has a purple or blue undertone such as bruises and veins can be concealed well using a yellow concealer.
Applying Colour-Correcting Concealer
Always apply your concealer before your foundation. When using a colour correcting concealer, here are some things to keep in mind:
- First, identify the areas and blemishes on your face that you want to conceal.
- Determine their colour or undertone to choose which colour of the concealer you should use for it specifically.
- Use a brush and remember to apply thin layers because thick layers will show through your foundation.
- You don’t need to use all the colours on the colour correcting palette. Use the colour-correcting concealers for specific blemishes and regular concealer for the rest of your face.
Use these tips to get a flawless face for your everyday look. Get your hands on the right products for it by checking the Shoppers Stop online or in-store collection.
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