Sunday, November 3, 2013

5 Steps to Flawless Foundation

As a Makeup Artist I’m constantly telling people that foundation is about more than just matching your base color, especially with African American skin. No one’s face is one flat color; we naturally have highlights and contours so our foundation application should reflect that. When doing foundation I like to use 3 colors: a base color, a contour color and a highlight color. The base color is to match the tone of your skin and cover imperfections and blemishes. The contour color is to add dimension and to shape the face. The highlight color is to accentuate to areas where light naturally hits the face. Here is a 5 step guide on how to apply foundation flawlessly using creams or liquids. For this demo I will be using True Color Stick Foundation by Black Opal. The base is the color Truly Topaz, the contour is Suede Mocha, and the highlight is Heavenly Honey.

1. Prep your face by washing it. Then applying moisturizer and primer to the skin.
2. Apply base foundation to the entire face. You can use a brush, a sponge, or even your fingers. I prefer to utilize a Beauty Blender when applying foundation because it gives an airbrush finish.

3. Next apply a contour color along the hairline, the sides of the nose starting at the brow, the tip of the nose, the hollows of the cheeks and along the jawline. For accuracy it's best to apply the contour with a foundation or concealer brush.

4. Use a highlight color where the light naturally hits the face to accentuate those areas. I like to apply the highlight color on the center of the forehead, the bridge of the nose, on top of the cheekbones, underneath the cheekbones, and the chin. The highlight is also best placed with a foundation or concealer brush.

5. Finally you blend the foundation out. You can use a damp sponge, a beauty blender, or a foundation brush. I prefer to use the Sonia Kashuk multipurpose brush. I blend out the areas where the contour color is first and then I blend the highlight color. Make sure you blend well so that there are no harsh lines left on your face.

Once you are done you can either leave the skin the way it is and apply the rest of your makeup or you can powder your face to set the foundation. It's that simple!


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