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5 Foundation Mistakes You Might Be Making

When done right, foundation is fantastic – it can even out skin tone, cover up andy blemishes or discoloration, give your flawless skin and generally, make you feel like you’re ready for anything. When done wrong though… well, it ain’t pretty.


Here are some foundation mistakes you may be making and how to correct them:

1) You’re applying it all wrong
A lot of women simply slap on and rub the foundation into the skin, applying at a downwards, upwards, sideways motion, as if applying moisturizer – this is all wrong! To apply foundation properly, start at the center of your face – the cheeks – and work outward, finishing off with the nose. (I find that when you do this, the “leftover” foundation on the brush is the perfect amount of foundation on the nose – you never want to cake the nose, which is actually another foundation mistake!) Also, as you are applying your foundation center outwards, always apply it in an upwards motion, lifting the face as you go.

2) You’re not be blending
This is vital. After applying your foundation over your face, go once over and blend. Remember to blend past your jawline, slightly past your hairline, and even a little toward the ears. A lot of women make the mistake to applying foundation just to the face and not blending, making it look like a mask. I say: when in doubt, blend it out!

3) You’re testing it all wrong
When buying a new foundation at the shops, it’s important to know where exactly to test it on you to get a perfect color match. And while many think testing it on the back of the hand is a good enough way, it’s better to test out colors on your jawline, instead. The back of your hand is usually a slightly darker tone that your face, and you could end up with a foundation that is too dark for your skin!

When at the store, choose 3-4 colors you think would be a match for you, and then swipe a thin line of each at the side of your jawline. The one closest to your skin tone the one that seems to disappear into your skin, and blends into your skin color without a trace. Another thing when testing out a new foundation – once you’ve got your swipes on your jawline, leave the store and go outside in natural light. The lights in shops tend to be very florescent, or even sometimes too yellow, which can alter the colors – both your skin tone and the foundation – and you could be getting a color totally wrong for you. Simply go outside in natural light and check that everything matches.

4) You’re not be using primer
A lot of women – especially us in hotter, warmer climates – tend to have oily skin, and a lot of the times, foundation can oxidize and turn a different color, or the worse… start separating and creates small patches on your skin. The reason for this is because the oil in your face is mixing too much with the formula of the foundation, and a reaction occurs. The answer is to create a barrier between your skin and the foundation, and primer is the answer! Apply a foundation primer – and let it it dry for a minute or two – before applying foundation. Not only will this help with the formula, but the primer will also make your foundation last longer, which, again – in this heat is always a plus!

5) You’re putting too much foundation on
The whole point is that foundation looks like your natural skin. There’s really no need to cake on the foundation, ladies! Even if you have problem skin, you don’t have to overdo the foundation – when covering problem skin, it’s all about the formula, really, not packing on more product. Half a pump/squirt of your foundation is all you need for a full face, and the secret (as a reminder) is to blend, blend blend it into skin. If you really need more coverage, you can add it on later, but remember – a few thin layers is always better than one thick layer. Take your time and stretch the foundation and blend it with your brush several times over to create a natural, flawless look of foundation.

P.S. You might also be interested in Best Foundations for Makeup Beginners, where I share the best foundation for all types of skin types and concerns.