- Prep with primer, but not
usually silicone-based and
should be applied as a
very thin layer on the skin,
after moisturizer,” says
L.A.-based makeup artist
Joanna Schlip. “People
will put too much on and
then their foundation will ball up
and the texture is bumpy.” Joanna
prefers to tap primer on to areas
that might need smoothing – such
as over the nose, cheeks, and lines
around the mouth – rather than
all over the skin.
- Apply concealer first, then follow
This point seems
to always be up for debate, but
Joanna thinks that because most
concealers are oil-based and tacky,
it’s best to layer them first, before
the foundation. “If you apply
concealer last, it’s harder
to blend,” says the pro,
who has worked with
Angelina Jolie, Scarlett
Lopez and Madonna.
- Test shades on your cheek. You won’t get the
best match by trying out foundation on your
inner arm, especially in winter, says Joanna.
“When you swipe it on, the colour should be
seamless with your skin. When it disappears
you know you have the winning shade.”
- Choose a formula for your skin type. If you’ve got dry skin, a cream compact
formula will look smooth and flawless
(a godsend in winter). If you have oily
skin, try a mattifying formula. “Even
if you only use it on your T-zone, it will
help nix shine,” says Joanna.
- Don’t waste product. Just one pump of
foundation is usually enough to do your
whole face. “Using the right tools really
helps get the most mileage from your
product,” says Joanna. A foundation brush
has synthetic bristles so you can use less,
compared with a sponge that absorbs a lot
of product. One crucial step? Keep your brushes clean.
“Synthetic bristles can easily be cleaned with rubbing
alcohol; just do it sink-side right after application,” she
says. Put a little rubbing alcohol on a paper towel, rub
your brush back and forth and place it flat to dry.
Correct cleansing preserves the bristles and keeps
brushes from being sodden with product.
- Don’t wear foundation?
Give CC cream a try.
Most women need
some coverage to even
out blotchiness, blur
blemishes or disguise
redness. A CC (short
for “colour correction”)
cream is a multi-tasking
formula that lets you conceal
imperfections, but also infuses skin
with anti-aging ingredients like
vitamin C and SPF. “I apply CC
cream like foundation: start in the
centre of the face and work out to
the jaw and hairline,” says Joanna.
- Think veil, not mask. The new high-tech,
have smart pigments
that do the work for
you, reflecting light
so your skin looks
even and fresh with
less product. After
applying, step back to see where
you need more coverage and
layer on top of that. Skin
should look alive and real,
not heavily made up.
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