Foundation Fundas

Match foundation to your skin tone

Yesterday I had my kitty lunch. One by one the girls joined us at our table, and most greetings to me were followed by a “Looking so pretty today!” I must admit, I often run out of the house with minimal make-up, and although yesterday was no different, I knew just what got me those compliments. I had applied foundation.

When applying make-up many of us hesitate to apply foundation as we don’t want to look unnatural. Instead we focus on lipstick and eye makeup and leave our skin bare.

Foundation is the most important step in make-up application, so don’t skip it. Watch any make-up artist as she applies make-up. Most of her time will be spent on applying foundation and concealer, in an attempt to make the skin as flawless as possible.

Sure you look¬† lovely without make-up, but shine, blemishes, freckles, detract from looks. And if you can look better, why not! Include foundation in your regular make-up routine. Indian girls, obsessed with fair skin, often select a foundation that is lighter than their skin. Don’t do that! Get a colour that matches skin perfectly.

For a lighter application mix foundation with a little moisturizer and apply with fingers, but for a perfect finish use a foundation brush when applying liquid foundation.

Invest in the best brand you can afford. This is not a product to skimp on. Cheap foundations tend to look unnatural as they have undertones that don’t flatter the skin and often lend a chalky finish. In addition,¬† inexpensive ingredients can damage skin, leading to breakouts. On the other hand, good quality make-up benefits your skin by providing another layer of protection against the sun, dirt and pollution.

Mineral foundation

Applying a primer before your foundation helps it last longer and ensures even coverage with a flawless finish. I use Smashbox Photo Finish primer, which I love, along with Make Up Forever Matifying Foundation, for nights out. During the day I apply Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals SPF 15 foundation, which is a mineral foundation, comes in a powder form. I apply it with a kabuki brush. It’s perfect for the day, gives me light coverage along with added SPF protection, keeps my skin shine-free, and conceals most imperfections.