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Having chosen right foundation for your skin colour and type, next thing to get to grips with is its application. The most important thing in foundation application is blending. It is essential to blend formula into skin properly. Use a cosmetic sponge or a blending brush to do this. Using a blending brush to apply foundation takes a longer time and requires patience but you use less of (expensive!) foundation when you use a brush than when you use a sponge. Besides, it is easier to reach awkward areas with brushes and they are easier to keep clean. Using your fingers to apply foundation is not a good idea unless you want to achieve a particular ‘look’ because application usually ends up uneven and messy.
For greater coverage, dip sponge or brush into foundation and make a few dots across forehead, down nose, on cheeks and a dot on chin. It is best to work on small areas at a time, so blend foundation across forehead first, then down nose, on both cheeks, on chin and pat what is left on sponge or brush onto eyelids. For lighter coverage, apply foundation only onto blemishes and blend properly. Always blend foundation into skin using short, downward strokes. This makes large pores look smaller and encourages fine hairs on face to lie flat giving impression of a smoother, clearer complexion. Finally, ‘set’ foundation with translucent powder. This makes foundation stay on skin for longer.
The secrets to flawless-looking skin have now been revealed. What foundation school of thought do you belong to?
Lape Soetan is a makeup artist and the Creator of Elsquare Faces, a Makeup Application Service Provider as well as www.elsquarefaces.com, Nigeria’s first makeup & beauty portal.