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Basics of Make-up, Part 1: Foundation

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Hello beauties. Today I am starting with my Basics series, where I will talk about, well, the basics of make-up, and it only makes sense to start with the foundation of makeup, the foundation.

Besides these things, I would like to mention a few points that you should keep in mind while buying foundations.

  • Foundations with SPF (sun protecting factor) in it are good for additional sun protection and day wear, but SPF tends to reflect badly in flash photography. A foundation with SPF in it can give a white cast in flash photos, hence, when going for an event where you’re expecting some clickety-clicks, opt for the foundations without SPF.
  • Some foundations also have shimmer particles to give a dewy effect (as I mentioned above). These foundations also give an extra shiny or oil-slick look in flash photos, hence, avoid these too in case of attending events where flash photography is expected.
  • Always! Always extend your foundation down the neckline while applying on face to make sure there are no harsh lines around your jaw. The more seamless your foundation application is, the more natural it looks. Same applies for areas around your hairline. We tend to miss these areas, while a different shade hairline might peek-a-boo when we definitely don’t want it to.
  • Finally, work on your skin. A good canvas is the key to flawless makeup. Makeup can help you to look polished but nothing beats a healthy glowing skin from within, so, eat healthy, drink water, use products that suit you and show some love to yourself coz makeup or no makeup, there is no second you in this world, take pride in that.

My Favourite foundation recommendations:

  • Full coverage
    • MAC Studio Fix fluid
    • MAC Studio Fix powder
    • PAC HD foundation
    • Maybelline Matte and Poreless
    • Loreal Infallible Pro matte
    • Clinique Anti-blemish solution foundation
  • Medium Coverage
    • Bobbi Brown skin longwear weightless foundation
    • Physicians Formula “The Healthy” foundation
    • Bare minerals Pro powder foundation
  • Sheer Coverage
    • MAC Face and Body foundation
    • NARS Sheer glow foundation

Hope you liked my pointers, it was a lengthy post indeed but I tried to cover as many pointers as I could. Please leave your feedback in comments or any pointer that you might want to mention out of your makeup lemmings. Till then, take care.

 

One time use makeup wedges and beauty blenders are another amazing way of applying foundation. One time use sponges or wedges are mostly used by professionals, so that they can take care of the hygiene factor for the client. These do absorb a lot of product, hence useful to avoid looking cakey. If you are heavy handed with your foundation, these are great. Beauty blenders on the other hand are used damp. The dampness adds moisture to the skin while pushing the foundation. I LOVE using beauty blenders. These are exceptional tools. The good thing is that there are many beauty sponges available in market these days. I have very dry skin, hence beauty sponges/blenders are a boon for me. The foundation looks really soft and blended, while making it look really natural. This is hands down my favourite way of applying foundation

  • Thy Fingers!

YES! Your fingers are amazing to use with foundations. The warmth of your hand helps blend the foundation way more easily, just make sure your hands are super clean. You can reach every hook n nook of your face and make sure to blend it all evenly. I sometimes like to press my palms against my face once I have applied my foundation, it kinda gives me a reassurance that my base is not looking heavy and is even. Give it a try! Your hands are better than you think, they are always around, can be cleaned easily and because they are yours, you have a better control on them.

Besides these things, I would like to mention a few points that you should keep in mind while buying foundations.

  • Foundations with SPF (sun protecting factor) in it are good for additional sun protection and day wear, but SPF tends to reflect badly in flash photography. A foundation with SPF in it can give a white cast in flash photos, hence, when going for an event where you’re expecting some clickety-clicks, opt for the foundations without SPF.
  • Some foundations also have shimmer particles to give a dewy effect (as I mentioned above). These foundations also give an extra shiny or oil-slick look in flash photos, hence, avoid these too in case of attending events where flash photography is expected.
  • Always! Always extend your foundation down the neckline while applying on face to make sure there are no harsh lines around your jaw. The more seamless your foundation application is, the more natural it looks. Same applies for areas around your hairline. We tend to miss these areas, while a different shade hairline might peek-a-boo when we definitely don’t want it to.
  • Finally, work on your skin. A good canvas is the key to flawless makeup. Makeup can help you to look polished but nothing beats a healthy glowing skin from within, so, eat healthy, drink water, use products that suit you and show some love to yourself coz makeup or no makeup, there is no second you in this world, take pride in that.

My Favourite foundation recommendations:

  • Full coverage
    • MAC Studio Fix fluid
    • MAC Studio Fix powder
    • PAC HD foundation
    • Maybelline Matte and Poreless
    • Loreal Infallible Pro matte
    • Clinique Anti-blemish solution foundation
  • Medium Coverage
    • Bobbi Brown skin longwear weightless foundation
    • Physicians Formula “The Healthy” foundation
    • Bare minerals Pro powder foundation
  • Sheer Coverage
    • MAC Face and Body foundation
    • NARS Sheer glow foundation

Hope you liked my pointers, it was a lengthy post indeed but I tried to cover as many pointers as I could. Please leave your feedback in comments or any pointer that you might want to mention out of your makeup lemmings. Till then, take care.

 

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Foundation can be applied using brushes. There are many kinds of brushes available in market like buffing brushes, good old flat foundation brushes, kabuki brushes, stippling brushes etc. Brushes are best used with liquid foundations, especially the ones with synthetic bristles. The density of the brush helps to buff the foundation on to the skin making sure to give most coverage. Although, with few brushes one needs to be careful as the application can get streaky, if the brush quality is not great or is cut out unevenly. But if you find the right brush, application becomes a breeze. My favorites are, Sigma F80, Real techniques Expert face brush and Zoeva Silk finish brush.

  • Sponges

One time use makeup wedges and beauty blenders are another amazing way of applying foundation. One time use sponges or wedges are mostly used by professionals, so that they can take care of the hygiene factor for the client. These do absorb a lot of product, hence useful to avoid looking cakey. If you are heavy handed with your foundation, these are great. Beauty blenders on the other hand are used damp. The dampness adds moisture to the skin while pushing the foundation. I LOVE using beauty blenders. These are exceptional tools. The good thing is that there are many beauty sponges available in market these days. I have very dry skin, hence beauty sponges/blenders are a boon for me. The foundation looks really soft and blended, while making it look really natural. This is hands down my favourite way of applying foundation

  • Thy Fingers!

YES! Your fingers are amazing to use with foundations. The warmth of your hand helps blend the foundation way more easily, just make sure your hands are super clean. You can reach every hook n nook of your face and make sure to blend it all evenly. I sometimes like to press my palms against my face once I have applied my foundation, it kinda gives me a reassurance that my base is not looking heavy and is even. Give it a try! Your hands are better than you think, they are always around, can be cleaned easily and because they are yours, you have a better control on them.

Besides these things, I would like to mention a few points that you should keep in mind while buying foundations.

  • Foundations with SPF (sun protecting factor) in it are good for additional sun protection and day wear, but SPF tends to reflect badly in flash photography. A foundation with SPF in it can give a white cast in flash photos, hence, when going for an event where you’re expecting some clickety-clicks, opt for the foundations without SPF.
  • Some foundations also have shimmer particles to give a dewy effect (as I mentioned above). These foundations also give an extra shiny or oil-slick look in flash photos, hence, avoid these too in case of attending events where flash photography is expected.
  • Always! Always extend your foundation down the neckline while applying on face to make sure there are no harsh lines around your jaw. The more seamless your foundation application is, the more natural it looks. Same applies for areas around your hairline. We tend to miss these areas, while a different shade hairline might peek-a-boo when we definitely don’t want it to.
  • Finally, work on your skin. A good canvas is the key to flawless makeup. Makeup can help you to look polished but nothing beats a healthy glowing skin from within, so, eat healthy, drink water, use products that suit you and show some love to yourself coz makeup or no makeup, there is no second you in this world, take pride in that.

My Favourite foundation recommendations:

  • Full coverage
    • MAC Studio Fix fluid
    • MAC Studio Fix powder
    • PAC HD foundation
    • Maybelline Matte and Poreless
    • Loreal Infallible Pro matte
    • Clinique Anti-blemish solution foundation
  • Medium Coverage
    • Bobbi Brown skin longwear weightless foundation
    • Physicians Formula “The Healthy” foundation
    • Bare minerals Pro powder foundation
  • Sheer Coverage
    • MAC Face and Body foundation
    • NARS Sheer glow foundation

Hope you liked my pointers, it was a lengthy post indeed but I tried to cover as many pointers as I could. Please leave your feedback in comments or any pointer that you might want to mention out of your makeup lemmings. Till then, take care.

 

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Foundation application is mostly a matter of preference than a necessity. It varies from person to person, how one likes to apply foundation. I would mention a few things that I learned while applying foundation using different tools.

  • Brushes

Foundation can be applied using brushes. There are many kinds of brushes available in market like buffing brushes, good old flat foundation brushes, kabuki brushes, stippling brushes etc. Brushes are best used with liquid foundations, especially the ones with synthetic bristles. The density of the brush helps to buff the foundation on to the skin making sure to give most coverage. Although, with few brushes one needs to be careful as the application can get streaky, if the brush quality is not great or is cut out unevenly. But if you find the right brush, application becomes a breeze. My favorites are, Sigma F80, Real techniques Expert face brush and Zoeva Silk finish brush.

  • Sponges

One time use makeup wedges and beauty blenders are another amazing way of applying foundation. One time use sponges or wedges are mostly used by professionals, so that they can take care of the hygiene factor for the client. These do absorb a lot of product, hence useful to avoid looking cakey. If you are heavy handed with your foundation, these are great. Beauty blenders on the other hand are used damp. The dampness adds moisture to the skin while pushing the foundation. I LOVE using beauty blenders. These are exceptional tools. The good thing is that there are many beauty sponges available in market these days. I have very dry skin, hence beauty sponges/blenders are a boon for me. The foundation looks really soft and blended, while making it look really natural. This is hands down my favourite way of applying foundation

  • Thy Fingers!

YES! Your fingers are amazing to use with foundations. The warmth of your hand helps blend the foundation way more easily, just make sure your hands are super clean. You can reach every hook n nook of your face and make sure to blend it all evenly. I sometimes like to press my palms against my face once I have applied my foundation, it kinda gives me a reassurance that my base is not looking heavy and is even. Give it a try! Your hands are better than you think, they are always around, can be cleaned easily and because they are yours, you have a better control on them.

Besides these things, I would like to mention a few points that you should keep in mind while buying foundations.

  • Foundations with SPF (sun protecting factor) in it are good for additional sun protection and day wear, but SPF tends to reflect badly in flash photography. A foundation with SPF in it can give a white cast in flash photos, hence, when going for an event where you’re expecting some clickety-clicks, opt for the foundations without SPF.
  • Some foundations also have shimmer particles to give a dewy effect (as I mentioned above). These foundations also give an extra shiny or oil-slick look in flash photos, hence, avoid these too in case of attending events where flash photography is expected.
  • Always! Always extend your foundation down the neckline while applying on face to make sure there are no harsh lines around your jaw. The more seamless your foundation application is, the more natural it looks. Same applies for areas around your hairline. We tend to miss these areas, while a different shade hairline might peek-a-boo when we definitely don’t want it to.
  • Finally, work on your skin. A good canvas is the key to flawless makeup. Makeup can help you to look polished but nothing beats a healthy glowing skin from within, so, eat healthy, drink water, use products that suit you and show some love to yourself coz makeup or no makeup, there is no second you in this world, take pride in that.

My Favourite foundation recommendations:

  • Full coverage
    • MAC Studio Fix fluid
    • MAC Studio Fix powder
    • PAC HD foundation
    • Maybelline Matte and Poreless
    • Loreal Infallible Pro matte
    • Clinique Anti-blemish solution foundation
  • Medium Coverage
    • Bobbi Brown skin longwear weightless foundation
    • Physicians Formula “The Healthy” foundation
    • Bare minerals Pro powder foundation
  • Sheer Coverage
    • MAC Face and Body foundation
    • NARS Sheer glow foundation

Hope you liked my pointers, it was a lengthy post indeed but I tried to cover as many pointers as I could. Please leave your feedback in comments or any pointer that you might want to mention out of your makeup lemmings. Till then, take care.

 

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  • Medium Coverage/Buildable coverage foundations
    • These foundations also provide good coverage, but are not totally camouflaging on stubborn acne marks, pigmentation and the harsh discoloration on the face.
    • Medium coverage foundations might also be buildable, in such cases, the formula is such that you can layer foundation to achieve a higher coverage and it won’t end up looking cakey.
    • These kind of formulations are good for skin that need a little coverage and mostly even-ing out of the skin.
  • Low Coverage/Sheer foundations
    • These foundations are low on coverage, i.e. they don’t cover the acne marks or pigmentation on the face.
    • Their major job is to even out the slightly un-even skin tones.
    • Being on the lighter side, these are perfect for day to day usage but are best suited for good skin days when you don’t need much to be covered.
    • Tinted moisturisers usually fall in this category.

Foundation Application (How to apply foundation)

Foundation application is mostly a matter of preference than a necessity. It varies from person to person, how one likes to apply foundation. I would mention a few things that I learned while applying foundation using different tools.

  • Brushes

Foundation can be applied using brushes. There are many kinds of brushes available in market like buffing brushes, good old flat foundation brushes, kabuki brushes, stippling brushes etc. Brushes are best used with liquid foundations, especially the ones with synthetic bristles. The density of the brush helps to buff the foundation on to the skin making sure to give most coverage. Although, with few brushes one needs to be careful as the application can get streaky, if the brush quality is not great or is cut out unevenly. But if you find the right brush, application becomes a breeze. My favorites are, Sigma F80, Real techniques Expert face brush and Zoeva Silk finish brush.

  • Sponges

One time use makeup wedges and beauty blenders are another amazing way of applying foundation. One time use sponges or wedges are mostly used by professionals, so that they can take care of the hygiene factor for the client. These do absorb a lot of product, hence useful to avoid looking cakey. If you are heavy handed with your foundation, these are great. Beauty blenders on the other hand are used damp. The dampness adds moisture to the skin while pushing the foundation. I LOVE using beauty blenders. These are exceptional tools. The good thing is that there are many beauty sponges available in market these days. I have very dry skin, hence beauty sponges/blenders are a boon for me. The foundation looks really soft and blended, while making it look really natural. This is hands down my favourite way of applying foundation

  • Thy Fingers!

YES! Your fingers are amazing to use with foundations. The warmth of your hand helps blend the foundation way more easily, just make sure your hands are super clean. You can reach every hook n nook of your face and make sure to blend it all evenly. I sometimes like to press my palms against my face once I have applied my foundation, it kinda gives me a reassurance that my base is not looking heavy and is even. Give it a try! Your hands are better than you think, they are always around, can be cleaned easily and because they are yours, you have a better control on them.

Besides these things, I would like to mention a few points that you should keep in mind while buying foundations.

  • Foundations with SPF (sun protecting factor) in it are good for additional sun protection and day wear, but SPF tends to reflect badly in flash photography. A foundation with SPF in it can give a white cast in flash photos, hence, when going for an event where you’re expecting some clickety-clicks, opt for the foundations without SPF.
  • Some foundations also have shimmer particles to give a dewy effect (as I mentioned above). These foundations also give an extra shiny or oil-slick look in flash photos, hence, avoid these too in case of attending events where flash photography is expected.
  • Always! Always extend your foundation down the neckline while applying on face to make sure there are no harsh lines around your jaw. The more seamless your foundation application is, the more natural it looks. Same applies for areas around your hairline. We tend to miss these areas, while a different shade hairline might peek-a-boo when we definitely don’t want it to.
  • Finally, work on your skin. A good canvas is the key to flawless makeup. Makeup can help you to look polished but nothing beats a healthy glowing skin from within, so, eat healthy, drink water, use products that suit you and show some love to yourself coz makeup or no makeup, there is no second you in this world, take pride in that.

My Favourite foundation recommendations:

  • Full coverage
    • MAC Studio Fix fluid
    • MAC Studio Fix powder
    • PAC HD foundation
    • Maybelline Matte and Poreless
    • Loreal Infallible Pro matte
    • Clinique Anti-blemish solution foundation
  • Medium Coverage
    • Bobbi Brown skin longwear weightless foundation
    • Physicians Formula “The Healthy” foundation
    • Bare minerals Pro powder foundation
  • Sheer Coverage
    • MAC Face and Body foundation
    • NARS Sheer glow foundation

Hope you liked my pointers, it was a lengthy post indeed but I tried to cover as many pointers as I could. Please leave your feedback in comments or any pointer that you might want to mention out of your makeup lemmings. Till then, take care.

 

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  • High Coverage Foundations
    • These are highly pigmented foundation with lots of color, which covers the skin imperfections to a large extent, with little product.
    • For party occasions or bigger events of your life, when you wish to look flawless, these are the kind of foundation you would want to go for.
    • Being high on pigmentation, high coverage foundations also tend to clog pores, hence, I would not recommend them for a day to day basis. Again, this does not apply on all foundations, there are formulations that though give high coverage to skin, are totally breathable as well.
  • Medium Coverage/Buildable coverage foundations
    • These foundations also provide good coverage, but are not totally camouflaging on stubborn acne marks, pigmentation and the harsh discoloration on the face.
    • Medium coverage foundations might also be buildable, in such cases, the formula is such that you can layer foundation to achieve a higher coverage and it won’t end up looking cakey.
    • These kind of formulations are good for skin that need a little coverage and mostly even-ing out of the skin.
  • Low Coverage/Sheer foundations
    • These foundations are low on coverage, i.e. they don’t cover the acne marks or pigmentation on the face.
    • Their major job is to even out the slightly un-even skin tones.
    • Being on the lighter side, these are perfect for day to day usage but are best suited for good skin days when you don’t need much to be covered.
    • Tinted moisturisers usually fall in this category.

Foundation Application (How to apply foundation)

Foundation application is mostly a matter of preference than a necessity. It varies from person to person, how one likes to apply foundation. I would mention a few things that I learned while applying foundation using different tools.

  • Brushes

Foundation can be applied using brushes. There are many kinds of brushes available in market like buffing brushes, good old flat foundation brushes, kabuki brushes, stippling brushes etc. Brushes are best used with liquid foundations, especially the ones with synthetic bristles. The density of the brush helps to buff the foundation on to the skin making sure to give most coverage. Although, with few brushes one needs to be careful as the application can get streaky, if the brush quality is not great or is cut out unevenly. But if you find the right brush, application becomes a breeze. My favorites are, Sigma F80, Real techniques Expert face brush and Zoeva Silk finish brush.

  • Sponges

One time use makeup wedges and beauty blenders are another amazing way of applying foundation. One time use sponges or wedges are mostly used by professionals, so that they can take care of the hygiene factor for the client. These do absorb a lot of product, hence useful to avoid looking cakey. If you are heavy handed with your foundation, these are great. Beauty blenders on the other hand are used damp. The dampness adds moisture to the skin while pushing the foundation. I LOVE using beauty blenders. These are exceptional tools. The good thing is that there are many beauty sponges available in market these days. I have very dry skin, hence beauty sponges/blenders are a boon for me. The foundation looks really soft and blended, while making it look really natural. This is hands down my favourite way of applying foundation

  • Thy Fingers!

YES! Your fingers are amazing to use with foundations. The warmth of your hand helps blend the foundation way more easily, just make sure your hands are super clean. You can reach every hook n nook of your face and make sure to blend it all evenly. I sometimes like to press my palms against my face once I have applied my foundation, it kinda gives me a reassurance that my base is not looking heavy and is even. Give it a try! Your hands are better than you think, they are always around, can be cleaned easily and because they are yours, you have a better control on them.

Besides these things, I would like to mention a few points that you should keep in mind while buying foundations.

  • Foundations with SPF (sun protecting factor) in it are good for additional sun protection and day wear, but SPF tends to reflect badly in flash photography. A foundation with SPF in it can give a white cast in flash photos, hence, when going for an event where you’re expecting some clickety-clicks, opt for the foundations without SPF.
  • Some foundations also have shimmer particles to give a dewy effect (as I mentioned above). These foundations also give an extra shiny or oil-slick look in flash photos, hence, avoid these too in case of attending events where flash photography is expected.
  • Always! Always extend your foundation down the neckline while applying on face to make sure there are no harsh lines around your jaw. The more seamless your foundation application is, the more natural it looks. Same applies for areas around your hairline. We tend to miss these areas, while a different shade hairline might peek-a-boo when we definitely don’t want it to.
  • Finally, work on your skin. A good canvas is the key to flawless makeup. Makeup can help you to look polished but nothing beats a healthy glowing skin from within, so, eat healthy, drink water, use products that suit you and show some love to yourself coz makeup or no makeup, there is no second you in this world, take pride in that.

My Favourite foundation recommendations:

  • Full coverage
    • MAC Studio Fix fluid
    • MAC Studio Fix powder
    • PAC HD foundation
    • Maybelline Matte and Poreless
    • Loreal Infallible Pro matte
    • Clinique Anti-blemish solution foundation
  • Medium Coverage
    • Bobbi Brown skin longwear weightless foundation
    • Physicians Formula “The Healthy” foundation
    • Bare minerals Pro powder foundation
  • Sheer Coverage
    • MAC Face and Body foundation
    • NARS Sheer glow foundation

Hope you liked my pointers, it was a lengthy post indeed but I tried to cover as many pointers as I could. Please leave your feedback in comments or any pointer that you might want to mention out of your makeup lemmings. Till then, take care.

 

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Once you are sure of the texture, now you would want to see if your skin needs a lot to be covered or just needs some even-ness.

  • High Coverage Foundations
    • These are highly pigmented foundation with lots of color, which covers the skin imperfections to a large extent, with little product.
    • For party occasions or bigger events of your life, when you wish to look flawless, these are the kind of foundation you would want to go for.
    • Being high on pigmentation, high coverage foundations also tend to clog pores, hence, I would not recommend them for a day to day basis. Again, this does not apply on all foundations, there are formulations that though give high coverage to skin, are totally breathable as well.
  • Medium Coverage/Buildable coverage foundations
    • These foundations also provide good coverage, but are not totally camouflaging on stubborn acne marks, pigmentation and the harsh discoloration on the face.
    • Medium coverage foundations might also be buildable, in such cases, the formula is such that you can layer foundation to achieve a higher coverage and it won’t end up looking cakey.
    • These kind of formulations are good for skin that need a little coverage and mostly even-ing out of the skin.
  • Low Coverage/Sheer foundations
    • These foundations are low on coverage, i.e. they don’t cover the acne marks or pigmentation on the face.
    • Their major job is to even out the slightly un-even skin tones.
    • Being on the lighter side, these are perfect for day to day usage but are best suited for good skin days when you don’t need much to be covered.
    • Tinted moisturisers usually fall in this category.

Foundation Application (How to apply foundation)

Foundation application is mostly a matter of preference than a necessity. It varies from person to person, how one likes to apply foundation. I would mention a few things that I learned while applying foundation using different tools.

  • Brushes

Foundation can be applied using brushes. There are many kinds of brushes available in market like buffing brushes, good old flat foundation brushes, kabuki brushes, stippling brushes etc. Brushes are best used with liquid foundations, especially the ones with synthetic bristles. The density of the brush helps to buff the foundation on to the skin making sure to give most coverage. Although, with few brushes one needs to be careful as the application can get streaky, if the brush quality is not great or is cut out unevenly. But if you find the right brush, application becomes a breeze. My favorites are, Sigma F80, Real techniques Expert face brush and Zoeva Silk finish brush.

  • Sponges

One time use makeup wedges and beauty blenders are another amazing way of applying foundation. One time use sponges or wedges are mostly used by professionals, so that they can take care of the hygiene factor for the client. These do absorb a lot of product, hence useful to avoid looking cakey. If you are heavy handed with your foundation, these are great. Beauty blenders on the other hand are used damp. The dampness adds moisture to the skin while pushing the foundation. I LOVE using beauty blenders. These are exceptional tools. The good thing is that there are many beauty sponges available in market these days. I have very dry skin, hence beauty sponges/blenders are a boon for me. The foundation looks really soft and blended, while making it look really natural. This is hands down my favourite way of applying foundation

  • Thy Fingers!

YES! Your fingers are amazing to use with foundations. The warmth of your hand helps blend the foundation way more easily, just make sure your hands are super clean. You can reach every hook n nook of your face and make sure to blend it all evenly. I sometimes like to press my palms against my face once I have applied my foundation, it kinda gives me a reassurance that my base is not looking heavy and is even. Give it a try! Your hands are better than you think, they are always around, can be cleaned easily and because they are yours, you have a better control on them.

Besides these things, I would like to mention a few points that you should keep in mind while buying foundations.

  • Foundations with SPF (sun protecting factor) in it are good for additional sun protection and day wear, but SPF tends to reflect badly in flash photography. A foundation with SPF in it can give a white cast in flash photos, hence, when going for an event where you’re expecting some clickety-clicks, opt for the foundations without SPF.
  • Some foundations also have shimmer particles to give a dewy effect (as I mentioned above). These foundations also give an extra shiny or oil-slick look in flash photos, hence, avoid these too in case of attending events where flash photography is expected.
  • Always! Always extend your foundation down the neckline while applying on face to make sure there are no harsh lines around your jaw. The more seamless your foundation application is, the more natural it looks. Same applies for areas around your hairline. We tend to miss these areas, while a different shade hairline might peek-a-boo when we definitely don’t want it to.
  • Finally, work on your skin. A good canvas is the key to flawless makeup. Makeup can help you to look polished but nothing beats a healthy glowing skin from within, so, eat healthy, drink water, use products that suit you and show some love to yourself coz makeup or no makeup, there is no second you in this world, take pride in that.

My Favourite foundation recommendations:

  • Full coverage
    • MAC Studio Fix fluid
    • MAC Studio Fix powder
    • PAC HD foundation
    • Maybelline Matte and Poreless
    • Loreal Infallible Pro matte
    • Clinique Anti-blemish solution foundation
  • Medium Coverage
    • Bobbi Brown skin longwear weightless foundation
    • Physicians Formula “The Healthy” foundation
    • Bare minerals Pro powder foundation
  • Sheer Coverage
    • MAC Face and Body foundation
    • NARS Sheer glow foundation

Hope you liked my pointers, it was a lengthy post indeed but I tried to cover as many pointers as I could. Please leave your feedback in comments or any pointer that you might want to mention out of your makeup lemmings. Till then, take care.

 

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Once you are sure of the texture, now you would want to see if your skin needs a lot to be covered or just needs some even-ness.

  • High Coverage Foundations
    • These are highly pigmented foundation with lots of color, which covers the skin imperfections to a large extent, with little product.
    • For party occasions or bigger events of your life, when you wish to look flawless, these are the kind of foundation you would want to go for.
    • Being high on pigmentation, high coverage foundations also tend to clog pores, hence, I would not recommend them for a day to day basis. Again, this does not apply on all foundations, there are formulations that though give high coverage to skin, are totally breathable as well.
  • Medium Coverage/Buildable coverage foundations
    • These foundations also provide good coverage, but are not totally camouflaging on stubborn acne marks, pigmentation and the harsh discoloration on the face.
    • Medium coverage foundations might also be buildable, in such cases, the formula is such that you can layer foundation to achieve a higher coverage and it won’t end up looking cakey.
    • These kind of formulations are good for skin that need a little coverage and mostly even-ing out of the skin.
  • Low Coverage/Sheer foundations
    • These foundations are low on coverage, i.e. they don’t cover the acne marks or pigmentation on the face.
    • Their major job is to even out the slightly un-even skin tones.
    • Being on the lighter side, these are perfect for day to day usage but are best suited for good skin days when you don’t need much to be covered.
    • Tinted moisturisers usually fall in this category.

Foundation Application (How to apply foundation)

Foundation application is mostly a matter of preference than a necessity. It varies from person to person, how one likes to apply foundation. I would mention a few things that I learned while applying foundation using different tools.

  • Brushes

Foundation can be applied using brushes. There are many kinds of brushes available in market like buffing brushes, good old flat foundation brushes, kabuki brushes, stippling brushes etc. Brushes are best used with liquid foundations, especially the ones with synthetic bristles. The density of the brush helps to buff the foundation on to the skin making sure to give most coverage. Although, with few brushes one needs to be careful as the application can get streaky, if the brush quality is not great or is cut out unevenly. But if you find the right brush, application becomes a breeze. My favorites are, Sigma F80, Real techniques Expert face brush and Zoeva Silk finish brush.

  • Sponges

One time use makeup wedges and beauty blenders are another amazing way of applying foundation. One time use sponges or wedges are mostly used by professionals, so that they can take care of the hygiene factor for the client. These do absorb a lot of product, hence useful to avoid looking cakey. If you are heavy handed with your foundation, these are great. Beauty blenders on the other hand are used damp. The dampness adds moisture to the skin while pushing the foundation. I LOVE using beauty blenders. These are exceptional tools. The good thing is that there are many beauty sponges available in market these days. I have very dry skin, hence beauty sponges/blenders are a boon for me. The foundation looks really soft and blended, while making it look really natural. This is hands down my favourite way of applying foundation

  • Thy Fingers!

YES! Your fingers are amazing to use with foundations. The warmth of your hand helps blend the foundation way more easily, just make sure your hands are super clean. You can reach every hook n nook of your face and make sure to blend it all evenly. I sometimes like to press my palms against my face once I have applied my foundation, it kinda gives me a reassurance that my base is not looking heavy and is even. Give it a try! Your hands are better than you think, they are always around, can be cleaned easily and because they are yours, you have a better control on them.

Besides these things, I would like to mention a few points that you should keep in mind while buying foundations.

  • Foundations with SPF (sun protecting factor) in it are good for additional sun protection and day wear, but SPF tends to reflect badly in flash photography. A foundation with SPF in it can give a white cast in flash photos, hence, when going for an event where you’re expecting some clickety-clicks, opt for the foundations without SPF.
  • Some foundations also have shimmer particles to give a dewy effect (as I mentioned above). These foundations also give an extra shiny or oil-slick look in flash photos, hence, avoid these too in case of attending events where flash photography is expected.
  • Always! Always extend your foundation down the neckline while applying on face to make sure there are no harsh lines around your jaw. The more seamless your foundation application is, the more natural it looks. Same applies for areas around your hairline. We tend to miss these areas, while a different shade hairline might peek-a-boo when we definitely don’t want it to.
  • Finally, work on your skin. A good canvas is the key to flawless makeup. Makeup can help you to look polished but nothing beats a healthy glowing skin from within, so, eat healthy, drink water, use products that suit you and show some love to yourself coz makeup or no makeup, there is no second you in this world, take pride in that.

My Favourite foundation recommendations:

  • Full coverage
    • MAC Studio Fix fluid
    • MAC Studio Fix powder
    • PAC HD foundation
    • Maybelline Matte and Poreless
    • Loreal Infallible Pro matte
    • Clinique Anti-blemish solution foundation
  • Medium Coverage
    • Bobbi Brown skin longwear weightless foundation
    • Physicians Formula “The Healthy” foundation
    • Bare minerals Pro powder foundation
  • Sheer Coverage
    • MAC Face and Body foundation
    • NARS Sheer glow foundation

Hope you liked my pointers, it was a lengthy post indeed but I tried to cover as many pointers as I could. Please leave your feedback in comments or any pointer that you might want to mention out of your makeup lemmings. Till then, take care.

 

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Besides these, foundations are mattifying or dewy or something in between. Mattifying foundations absorb your skin’s excess oil secretion to give a matte look for long, while dewy foundations add a glow to the skin. The glow might be because of hydrating properties of foundation or it may contain minute shimmer particles that catch and reflect light giving an illusion of glowy skin.

Foundation Coverage (understand your skin’s need)

Once you are sure of the texture, now you would want to see if your skin needs a lot to be covered or just needs some even-ness.

  • High Coverage Foundations
    • These are highly pigmented foundation with lots of color, which covers the skin imperfections to a large extent, with little product.
    • For party occasions or bigger events of your life, when you wish to look flawless, these are the kind of foundation you would want to go for.
    • Being high on pigmentation, high coverage foundations also tend to clog pores, hence, I would not recommend them for a day to day basis. Again, this does not apply on all foundations, there are formulations that though give high coverage to skin, are totally breathable as well.
  • Medium Coverage/Buildable coverage foundations
    • These foundations also provide good coverage, but are not totally camouflaging on stubborn acne marks, pigmentation and the harsh discoloration on the face.
    • Medium coverage foundations might also be buildable, in such cases, the formula is such that you can layer foundation to achieve a higher coverage and it won’t end up looking cakey.
    • These kind of formulations are good for skin that need a little coverage and mostly even-ing out of the skin.
  • Low Coverage/Sheer foundations
    • These foundations are low on coverage, i.e. they don’t cover the acne marks or pigmentation on the face.
    • Their major job is to even out the slightly un-even skin tones.
    • Being on the lighter side, these are perfect for day to day usage but are best suited for good skin days when you don’t need much to be covered.
    • Tinted moisturisers usually fall in this category.

Foundation Application (How to apply foundation)

Foundation application is mostly a matter of preference than a necessity. It varies from person to person, how one likes to apply foundation. I would mention a few things that I learned while applying foundation using different tools.

  • Brushes

Foundation can be applied using brushes. There are many kinds of brushes available in market like buffing brushes, good old flat foundation brushes, kabuki brushes, stippling brushes etc. Brushes are best used with liquid foundations, especially the ones with synthetic bristles. The density of the brush helps to buff the foundation on to the skin making sure to give most coverage. Although, with few brushes one needs to be careful as the application can get streaky, if the brush quality is not great or is cut out unevenly. But if you find the right brush, application becomes a breeze. My favorites are, Sigma F80, Real techniques Expert face brush and Zoeva Silk finish brush.

  • Sponges

One time use makeup wedges and beauty blenders are another amazing way of applying foundation. One time use sponges or wedges are mostly used by professionals, so that they can take care of the hygiene factor for the client. These do absorb a lot of product, hence useful to avoid looking cakey. If you are heavy handed with your foundation, these are great. Beauty blenders on the other hand are used damp. The dampness adds moisture to the skin while pushing the foundation. I LOVE using beauty blenders. These are exceptional tools. The good thing is that there are many beauty sponges available in market these days. I have very dry skin, hence beauty sponges/blenders are a boon for me. The foundation looks really soft and blended, while making it look really natural. This is hands down my favourite way of applying foundation

  • Thy Fingers!

YES! Your fingers are amazing to use with foundations. The warmth of your hand helps blend the foundation way more easily, just make sure your hands are super clean. You can reach every hook n nook of your face and make sure to blend it all evenly. I sometimes like to press my palms against my face once I have applied my foundation, it kinda gives me a reassurance that my base is not looking heavy and is even. Give it a try! Your hands are better than you think, they are always around, can be cleaned easily and because they are yours, you have a better control on them.

Besides these things, I would like to mention a few points that you should keep in mind while buying foundations.

  • Foundations with SPF (sun protecting factor) in it are good for additional sun protection and day wear, but SPF tends to reflect badly in flash photography. A foundation with SPF in it can give a white cast in flash photos, hence, when going for an event where you’re expecting some clickety-clicks, opt for the foundations without SPF.
  • Some foundations also have shimmer particles to give a dewy effect (as I mentioned above). These foundations also give an extra shiny or oil-slick look in flash photos, hence, avoid these too in case of attending events where flash photography is expected.
  • Always! Always extend your foundation down the neckline while applying on face to make sure there are no harsh lines around your jaw. The more seamless your foundation application is, the more natural it looks. Same applies for areas around your hairline. We tend to miss these areas, while a different shade hairline might peek-a-boo when we definitely don’t want it to.
  • Finally, work on your skin. A good canvas is the key to flawless makeup. Makeup can help you to look polished but nothing beats a healthy glowing skin from within, so, eat healthy, drink water, use products that suit you and show some love to yourself coz makeup or no makeup, there is no second you in this world, take pride in that.

My Favourite foundation recommendations:

  • Full coverage
    • MAC Studio Fix fluid
    • MAC Studio Fix powder
    • PAC HD foundation
    • Maybelline Matte and Poreless
    • Loreal Infallible Pro matte
    • Clinique Anti-blemish solution foundation
  • Medium Coverage
    • Bobbi Brown skin longwear weightless foundation
    • Physicians Formula “The Healthy” foundation
    • Bare minerals Pro powder foundation
  • Sheer Coverage
    • MAC Face and Body foundation
    • NARS Sheer glow foundation

Hope you liked my pointers, it was a lengthy post indeed but I tried to cover as many pointers as I could. Please leave your feedback in comments or any pointer that you might want to mention out of your makeup lemmings. Till then, take care.

 

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  • Liquid Foundations
    • These foundations are runny in texture. The main component being water.
    • They might be heavier or lighter, depending upon the coverage they provide.
    • These are usually suitable for normal to dry skin types. Being liquidy, they are mostly a little hydrating, except a few that are formulated to keep the skin matte. The ones that specify so are clearly meant for oily skin types.
    • Examples: Maybelline Matte and Poreless, PAC HD foundation, Loreal Infallible foundation
  • Cream Foundations
    • As the name suggests, these are creamier, thicker in texture, hence, generally are not meant for oily skin types.
    • These have higher capability of hydrating the skin hence are best suited for dry skin types.
    • Examples, Kryolan Derma Color or Camouflage creme
  • Powder Foundations
    • These foundations, being powder texture, are usually meant for oily skin types.
    • They absorb natural oils from skin and help keeping the skin matte for longer.
    • They can be loose powders or compressed compact powders. Generally, loose powders tend to be better with oil control.
    • Examples, MAC Studio fix powder, Bare minerals Pro powder foundation

Besides these, foundations are mattifying or dewy or something in between. Mattifying foundations absorb your skin’s excess oil secretion to give a matte look for long, while dewy foundations add a glow to the skin. The glow might be because of hydrating properties of foundation or it may contain minute shimmer particles that catch and reflect light giving an illusion of glowy skin.

Foundation Coverage (understand your skin’s need)

Once you are sure of the texture, now you would want to see if your skin needs a lot to be covered or just needs some even-ness.

  • High Coverage Foundations
    • These are highly pigmented foundation with lots of color, which covers the skin imperfections to a large extent, with little product.
    • For party occasions or bigger events of your life, when you wish to look flawless, these are the kind of foundation you would want to go for.
    • Being high on pigmentation, high coverage foundations also tend to clog pores, hence, I would not recommend them for a day to day basis. Again, this does not apply on all foundations, there are formulations that though give high coverage to skin, are totally breathable as well.
  • Medium Coverage/Buildable coverage foundations
    • These foundations also provide good coverage, but are not totally camouflaging on stubborn acne marks, pigmentation and the harsh discoloration on the face.
    • Medium coverage foundations might also be buildable, in such cases, the formula is such that you can layer foundation to achieve a higher coverage and it won’t end up looking cakey.
    • These kind of formulations are good for skin that need a little coverage and mostly even-ing out of the skin.
  • Low Coverage/Sheer foundations
    • These foundations are low on coverage, i.e. they don’t cover the acne marks or pigmentation on the face.
    • Their major job is to even out the slightly un-even skin tones.
    • Being on the lighter side, these are perfect for day to day usage but are best suited for good skin days when you don’t need much to be covered.
    • Tinted moisturisers usually fall in this category.

Foundation Application (How to apply foundation)

Foundation application is mostly a matter of preference than a necessity. It varies from person to person, how one likes to apply foundation. I would mention a few things that I learned while applying foundation using different tools.

  • Brushes

Foundation can be applied using brushes. There are many kinds of brushes available in market like buffing brushes, good old flat foundation brushes, kabuki brushes, stippling brushes etc. Brushes are best used with liquid foundations, especially the ones with synthetic bristles. The density of the brush helps to buff the foundation on to the skin making sure to give most coverage. Although, with few brushes one needs to be careful as the application can get streaky, if the brush quality is not great or is cut out unevenly. But if you find the right brush, application becomes a breeze. My favorites are, Sigma F80, Real techniques Expert face brush and Zoeva Silk finish brush.

  • Sponges

One time use makeup wedges and beauty blenders are another amazing way of applying foundation. One time use sponges or wedges are mostly used by professionals, so that they can take care of the hygiene factor for the client. These do absorb a lot of product, hence useful to avoid looking cakey. If you are heavy handed with your foundation, these are great. Beauty blenders on the other hand are used damp. The dampness adds moisture to the skin while pushing the foundation. I LOVE using beauty blenders. These are exceptional tools. The good thing is that there are many beauty sponges available in market these days. I have very dry skin, hence beauty sponges/blenders are a boon for me. The foundation looks really soft and blended, while making it look really natural. This is hands down my favourite way of applying foundation

  • Thy Fingers!

YES! Your fingers are amazing to use with foundations. The warmth of your hand helps blend the foundation way more easily, just make sure your hands are super clean. You can reach every hook n nook of your face and make sure to blend it all evenly. I sometimes like to press my palms against my face once I have applied my foundation, it kinda gives me a reassurance that my base is not looking heavy and is even. Give it a try! Your hands are better than you think, they are always around, can be cleaned easily and because they are yours, you have a better control on them.

Besides these things, I would like to mention a few points that you should keep in mind while buying foundations.

  • Foundations with SPF (sun protecting factor) in it are good for additional sun protection and day wear, but SPF tends to reflect badly in flash photography. A foundation with SPF in it can give a white cast in flash photos, hence, when going for an event where you’re expecting some clickety-clicks, opt for the foundations without SPF.
  • Some foundations also have shimmer particles to give a dewy effect (as I mentioned above). These foundations also give an extra shiny or oil-slick look in flash photos, hence, avoid these too in case of attending events where flash photography is expected.
  • Always! Always extend your foundation down the neckline while applying on face to make sure there are no harsh lines around your jaw. The more seamless your foundation application is, the more natural it looks. Same applies for areas around your hairline. We tend to miss these areas, while a different shade hairline might peek-a-boo when we definitely don’t want it to.
  • Finally, work on your skin. A good canvas is the key to flawless makeup. Makeup can help you to look polished but nothing beats a healthy glowing skin from within, so, eat healthy, drink water, use products that suit you and show some love to yourself coz makeup or no makeup, there is no second you in this world, take pride in that.

My Favourite foundation recommendations:

  • Full coverage
    • MAC Studio Fix fluid
    • MAC Studio Fix powder
    • PAC HD foundation
    • Maybelline Matte and Poreless
    • Loreal Infallible Pro matte
    • Clinique Anti-blemish solution foundation
  • Medium Coverage
    • Bobbi Brown skin longwear weightless foundation
    • Physicians Formula “The Healthy” foundation
    • Bare minerals Pro powder foundation
  • Sheer Coverage
    • MAC Face and Body foundation
    • NARS Sheer glow foundation

Hope you liked my pointers, it was a lengthy post indeed but I tried to cover as many pointers as I could. Please leave your feedback in comments or any pointer that you might want to mention out of your makeup lemmings. Till then, take care.

 

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Foundations, though in many formulas, are broadly of following types:

  • Liquid Foundations
    • These foundations are runny in texture. The main component being water.
    • They might be heavier or lighter, depending upon the coverage they provide.
    • These are usually suitable for normal to dry skin types. Being liquidy, they are mostly a little hydrating, except a few that are formulated to keep the skin matte. The ones that specify so are clearly meant for oily skin types.
    • Examples: Maybelline Matte and Poreless, PAC HD foundation, Loreal Infallible foundation
  • Cream Foundations
    • As the name suggests, these are creamier, thicker in texture, hence, generally are not meant for oily skin types.
    • These have higher capability of hydrating the skin hence are best suited for dry skin types.
    • Examples, Kryolan Derma Color or Camouflage creme
  • Powder Foundations
    • These foundations, being powder texture, are usually meant for oily skin types.
    • They absorb natural oils from skin and help keeping the skin matte for longer.
    • They can be loose powders or compressed compact powders. Generally, loose powders tend to be better with oil control.
    • Examples, MAC Studio fix powder, Bare minerals Pro powder foundation

Besides these, foundations are mattifying or dewy or something in between. Mattifying foundations absorb your skin’s excess oil secretion to give a matte look for long, while dewy foundations add a glow to the skin. The glow might be because of hydrating properties of foundation or it may contain minute shimmer particles that catch and reflect light giving an illusion of glowy skin.

Foundation Coverage (understand your skin’s need)

Once you are sure of the texture, now you would want to see if your skin needs a lot to be covered or just needs some even-ness.

  • High Coverage Foundations
    • These are highly pigmented foundation with lots of color, which covers the skin imperfections to a large extent, with little product.
    • For party occasions or bigger events of your life, when you wish to look flawless, these are the kind of foundation you would want to go for.
    • Being high on pigmentation, high coverage foundations also tend to clog pores, hence, I would not recommend them for a day to day basis. Again, this does not apply on all foundations, there are formulations that though give high coverage to skin, are totally breathable as well.
  • Medium Coverage/Buildable coverage foundations
    • These foundations also provide good coverage, but are not totally camouflaging on stubborn acne marks, pigmentation and the harsh discoloration on the face.
    • Medium coverage foundations might also be buildable, in such cases, the formula is such that you can layer foundation to achieve a higher coverage and it won’t end up looking cakey.
    • These kind of formulations are good for skin that need a little coverage and mostly even-ing out of the skin.
  • Low Coverage/Sheer foundations
    • These foundations are low on coverage, i.e. they don’t cover the acne marks or pigmentation on the face.
    • Their major job is to even out the slightly un-even skin tones.
    • Being on the lighter side, these are perfect for day to day usage but are best suited for good skin days when you don’t need much to be covered.
    • Tinted moisturisers usually fall in this category.

Foundation Application (How to apply foundation)

Foundation application is mostly a matter of preference than a necessity. It varies from person to person, how one likes to apply foundation. I would mention a few things that I learned while applying foundation using different tools.

  • Brushes

Foundation can be applied using brushes. There are many kinds of brushes available in market like buffing brushes, good old flat foundation brushes, kabuki brushes, stippling brushes etc. Brushes are best used with liquid foundations, especially the ones with synthetic bristles. The density of the brush helps to buff the foundation on to the skin making sure to give most coverage. Although, with few brushes one needs to be careful as the application can get streaky, if the brush quality is not great or is cut out unevenly. But if you find the right brush, application becomes a breeze. My favorites are, Sigma F80, Real techniques Expert face brush and Zoeva Silk finish brush.

  • Sponges

One time use makeup wedges and beauty blenders are another amazing way of applying foundation. One time use sponges or wedges are mostly used by professionals, so that they can take care of the hygiene factor for the client. These do absorb a lot of product, hence useful to avoid looking cakey. If you are heavy handed with your foundation, these are great. Beauty blenders on the other hand are used damp. The dampness adds moisture to the skin while pushing the foundation. I LOVE using beauty blenders. These are exceptional tools. The good thing is that there are many beauty sponges available in market these days. I have very dry skin, hence beauty sponges/blenders are a boon for me. The foundation looks really soft and blended, while making it look really natural. This is hands down my favourite way of applying foundation

  • Thy Fingers!

YES! Your fingers are amazing to use with foundations. The warmth of your hand helps blend the foundation way more easily, just make sure your hands are super clean. You can reach every hook n nook of your face and make sure to blend it all evenly. I sometimes like to press my palms against my face once I have applied my foundation, it kinda gives me a reassurance that my base is not looking heavy and is even. Give it a try! Your hands are better than you think, they are always around, can be cleaned easily and because they are yours, you have a better control on them.

Besides these things, I would like to mention a few points that you should keep in mind while buying foundations.

  • Foundations with SPF (sun protecting factor) in it are good for additional sun protection and day wear, but SPF tends to reflect badly in flash photography. A foundation with SPF in it can give a white cast in flash photos, hence, when going for an event where you’re expecting some clickety-clicks, opt for the foundations without SPF.
  • Some foundations also have shimmer particles to give a dewy effect (as I mentioned above). These foundations also give an extra shiny or oil-slick look in flash photos, hence, avoid these too in case of attending events where flash photography is expected.
  • Always! Always extend your foundation down the neckline while applying on face to make sure there are no harsh lines around your jaw. The more seamless your foundation application is, the more natural it looks. Same applies for areas around your hairline. We tend to miss these areas, while a different shade hairline might peek-a-boo when we definitely don’t want it to.
  • Finally, work on your skin. A good canvas is the key to flawless makeup. Makeup can help you to look polished but nothing beats a healthy glowing skin from within, so, eat healthy, drink water, use products that suit you and show some love to yourself coz makeup or no makeup, there is no second you in this world, take pride in that.

My Favourite foundation recommendations:

  • Full coverage
    • MAC Studio Fix fluid
    • MAC Studio Fix powder
    • PAC HD foundation
    • Maybelline Matte and Poreless
    • Loreal Infallible Pro matte
    • Clinique Anti-blemish solution foundation
  • Medium Coverage
    • Bobbi Brown skin longwear weightless foundation
    • Physicians Formula “The Healthy” foundation
    • Bare minerals Pro powder foundation
  • Sheer Coverage
    • MAC Face and Body foundation
    • NARS Sheer glow foundation

Hope you liked my pointers, it was a lengthy post indeed but I tried to cover as many pointers as I could. Please leave your feedback in comments or any pointer that you might want to mention out of your makeup lemmings. Till then, take care.

 

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Foundations, though in many formulas, are broadly of following types:

  • Liquid Foundations
    • These foundations are runny in texture. The main component being water.
    • They might be heavier or lighter, depending upon the coverage they provide.
    • These are usually suitable for normal to dry skin types. Being liquidy, they are mostly a little hydrating, except a few that are formulated to keep the skin matte. The ones that specify so are clearly meant for oily skin types.
    • Examples: Maybelline Matte and Poreless, PAC HD foundation, Loreal Infallible foundation
  • Cream Foundations
    • As the name suggests, these are creamier, thicker in texture, hence, generally are not meant for oily skin types.
    • These have higher capability of hydrating the skin hence are best suited for dry skin types.
    • Examples, Kryolan Derma Color or Camouflage creme
  • Powder Foundations
    • These foundations, being powder texture, are usually meant for oily skin types.
    • They absorb natural oils from skin and help keeping the skin matte for longer.
    • They can be loose powders or compressed compact powders. Generally, loose powders tend to be better with oil control.
    • Examples, MAC Studio fix powder, Bare minerals Pro powder foundation

Besides these, foundations are mattifying or dewy or something in between. Mattifying foundations absorb your skin’s excess oil secretion to give a matte look for long, while dewy foundations add a glow to the skin. The glow might be because of hydrating properties of foundation or it may contain minute shimmer particles that catch and reflect light giving an illusion of glowy skin.

Foundation Coverage (understand your skin’s need)

Once you are sure of the texture, now you would want to see if your skin needs a lot to be covered or just needs some even-ness.

  • High Coverage Foundations
    • These are highly pigmented foundation with lots of color, which covers the skin imperfections to a large extent, with little product.
    • For party occasions or bigger events of your life, when you wish to look flawless, these are the kind of foundation you would want to go for.
    • Being high on pigmentation, high coverage foundations also tend to clog pores, hence, I would not recommend them for a day to day basis. Again, this does not apply on all foundations, there are formulations that though give high coverage to skin, are totally breathable as well.
  • Medium Coverage/Buildable coverage foundations
    • These foundations also provide good coverage, but are not totally camouflaging on stubborn acne marks, pigmentation and the harsh discoloration on the face.
    • Medium coverage foundations might also be buildable, in such cases, the formula is such that you can layer foundation to achieve a higher coverage and it won’t end up looking cakey.
    • These kind of formulations are good for skin that need a little coverage and mostly even-ing out of the skin.
  • Low Coverage/Sheer foundations
    • These foundations are low on coverage, i.e. they don’t cover the acne marks or pigmentation on the face.
    • Their major job is to even out the slightly un-even skin tones.
    • Being on the lighter side, these are perfect for day to day usage but are best suited for good skin days when you don’t need much to be covered.
    • Tinted moisturisers usually fall in this category.

Foundation Application (How to apply foundation)

Foundation application is mostly a matter of preference than a necessity. It varies from person to person, how one likes to apply foundation. I would mention a few things that I learned while applying foundation using different tools.

  • Brushes

Foundation can be applied using brushes. There are many kinds of brushes available in market like buffing brushes, good old flat foundation brushes, kabuki brushes, stippling brushes etc. Brushes are best used with liquid foundations, especially the ones with synthetic bristles. The density of the brush helps to buff the foundation on to the skin making sure to give most coverage. Although, with few brushes one needs to be careful as the application can get streaky, if the brush quality is not great or is cut out unevenly. But if you find the right brush, application becomes a breeze. My favorites are, Sigma F80, Real techniques Expert face brush and Zoeva Silk finish brush.

  • Sponges

One time use makeup wedges and beauty blenders are another amazing way of applying foundation. One time use sponges or wedges are mostly used by professionals, so that they can take care of the hygiene factor for the client. These do absorb a lot of product, hence useful to avoid looking cakey. If you are heavy handed with your foundation, these are great. Beauty blenders on the other hand are used damp. The dampness adds moisture to the skin while pushing the foundation. I LOVE using beauty blenders. These are exceptional tools. The good thing is that there are many beauty sponges available in market these days. I have very dry skin, hence beauty sponges/blenders are a boon for me. The foundation looks really soft and blended, while making it look really natural. This is hands down my favourite way of applying foundation

  • Thy Fingers!

YES! Your fingers are amazing to use with foundations. The warmth of your hand helps blend the foundation way more easily, just make sure your hands are super clean. You can reach every hook n nook of your face and make sure to blend it all evenly. I sometimes like to press my palms against my face once I have applied my foundation, it kinda gives me a reassurance that my base is not looking heavy and is even. Give it a try! Your hands are better than you think, they are always around, can be cleaned easily and because they are yours, you have a better control on them.

Besides these things, I would like to mention a few points that you should keep in mind while buying foundations.

  • Foundations with SPF (sun protecting factor) in it are good for additional sun protection and day wear, but SPF tends to reflect badly in flash photography. A foundation with SPF in it can give a white cast in flash photos, hence, when going for an event where you’re expecting some clickety-clicks, opt for the foundations without SPF.
  • Some foundations also have shimmer particles to give a dewy effect (as I mentioned above). These foundations also give an extra shiny or oil-slick look in flash photos, hence, avoid these too in case of attending events where flash photography is expected.
  • Always! Always extend your foundation down the neckline while applying on face to make sure there are no harsh lines around your jaw. The more seamless your foundation application is, the more natural it looks. Same applies for areas around your hairline. We tend to miss these areas, while a different shade hairline might peek-a-boo when we definitely don’t want it to.
  • Finally, work on your skin. A good canvas is the key to flawless makeup. Makeup can help you to look polished but nothing beats a healthy glowing skin from within, so, eat healthy, drink water, use products that suit you and show some love to yourself coz makeup or no makeup, there is no second you in this world, take pride in that.

My Favourite foundation recommendations:

  • Full coverage
    • MAC Studio Fix fluid
    • MAC Studio Fix powder
    • PAC HD foundation
    • Maybelline Matte and Poreless
    • Loreal Infallible Pro matte
    • Clinique Anti-blemish solution foundation
  • Medium Coverage
    • Bobbi Brown skin longwear weightless foundation
    • Physicians Formula “The Healthy” foundation
    • Bare minerals Pro powder foundation
  • Sheer Coverage
    • MAC Face and Body foundation
    • NARS Sheer glow foundation

Hope you liked my pointers, it was a lengthy post indeed but I tried to cover as many pointers as I could. Please leave your feedback in comments or any pointer that you might want to mention out of your makeup lemmings. Till then, take care.

 

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Hence, when you go to buy a foundation, insist on following things.

  • Try the foundation on your jaw line, not your hand, not your wrist and definitely not only your cheeks.
  • Full face application is much more helpful, but usually drugstore brands do not do a full face application, hence, stick to the jaw line method.
  • Don’t just buy the shade in one go, the store lighting is way different from natural light. Put the foundation on your face, get out of the store in some natural light, and then observe the foundation in the mirror (I carry a pocket mirror every time I go foundation or concealer shopping).
  • If the shade looks fine, don’t just buy it yet. Take some time doing your stuff here and there and let the foundation be on your face for some time. This will allow you to analyze a few things like:
    • Does the foundation oxidize on you! Few foundations tend to react with the oxygen in the air and turn darker with time, that will eventually mismatch the foundation, and also you’ll look tanned and muddy. Giving some time for foundation to settle in will allow you to check if the foundation oxidizes or not.
    • Some foundations might blend seamlessly at once, but can turn patchy in some time. These absorb the moisture right away from your skin and cling onto dry bits. We wouldn’t want that. Hence, give it enough time to react with your skin oils, so that you would know if it works for your skin type or not.
  • If everything goes fine, you can go ahead and invest in the foundation. I say invest, coz usually foundations don’t come cheap, but a good foundation does a lot good to your makeup game. A perfectly done base is 80% battle won. 

 Foundation texture (find your skin type match)

Now, foundations don’t come in same texture, there are so many formulations in the market, one can easily get confused. So, while buying the foundation, before you go for the right shade, find the right texture.

Foundations, though in many formulas, are broadly of following types:

  • Liquid Foundations
    • These foundations are runny in texture. The main component being water.
    • They might be heavier or lighter, depending upon the coverage they provide.
    • These are usually suitable for normal to dry skin types. Being liquidy, they are mostly a little hydrating, except a few that are formulated to keep the skin matte. The ones that specify so are clearly meant for oily skin types.
    • Examples: Maybelline Matte and Poreless, PAC HD foundation, Loreal Infallible foundation
  • Cream Foundations
    • As the name suggests, these are creamier, thicker in texture, hence, generally are not meant for oily skin types.
    • These have higher capability of hydrating the skin hence are best suited for dry skin types.
    • Examples, Kryolan Derma Color or Camouflage creme
  • Powder Foundations
    • These foundations, being powder texture, are usually meant for oily skin types.
    • They absorb natural oils from skin and help keeping the skin matte for longer.
    • They can be loose powders or compressed compact powders. Generally, loose powders tend to be better with oil control.
    • Examples, MAC Studio fix powder, Bare minerals Pro powder foundation

Besides these, foundations are mattifying or dewy or something in between. Mattifying foundations absorb your skin’s excess oil secretion to give a matte look for long, while dewy foundations add a glow to the skin. The glow might be because of hydrating properties of foundation or it may contain minute shimmer particles that catch and reflect light giving an illusion of glowy skin.

Foundation Coverage (understand your skin’s need)

Once you are sure of the texture, now you would want to see if your skin needs a lot to be covered or just needs some even-ness.

  • High Coverage Foundations
    • These are highly pigmented foundation with lots of color, which covers the skin imperfections to a large extent, with little product.
    • For party occasions or bigger events of your life, when you wish to look flawless, these are the kind of foundation you would want to go for.
    • Being high on pigmentation, high coverage foundations also tend to clog pores, hence, I would not recommend them for a day to day basis. Again, this does not apply on all foundations, there are formulations that though give high coverage to skin, are totally breathable as well.
  • Medium Coverage/Buildable coverage foundations
    • These foundations also provide good coverage, but are not totally camouflaging on stubborn acne marks, pigmentation and the harsh discoloration on the face.
    • Medium coverage foundations might also be buildable, in such cases, the formula is such that you can layer foundation to achieve a higher coverage and it won’t end up looking cakey.
    • These kind of formulations are good for skin that need a little coverage and mostly even-ing out of the skin.
  • Low Coverage/Sheer foundations
    • These foundations are low on coverage, i.e. they don’t cover the acne marks or pigmentation on the face.
    • Their major job is to even out the slightly un-even skin tones.
    • Being on the lighter side, these are perfect for day to day usage but are best suited for good skin days when you don’t need much to be covered.
    • Tinted moisturisers usually fall in this category.

Foundation Application (How to apply foundation)

Foundation application is mostly a matter of preference than a necessity. It varies from person to person, how one likes to apply foundation. I would mention a few things that I learned while applying foundation using different tools.

  • Brushes

Foundation can be applied using brushes. There are many kinds of brushes available in market like buffing brushes, good old flat foundation brushes, kabuki brushes, stippling brushes etc. Brushes are best used with liquid foundations, especially the ones with synthetic bristles. The density of the brush helps to buff the foundation on to the skin making sure to give most coverage. Although, with few brushes one needs to be careful as the application can get streaky, if the brush quality is not great or is cut out unevenly. But if you find the right brush, application becomes a breeze. My favorites are, Sigma F80, Real techniques Expert face brush and Zoeva Silk finish brush.

  • Sponges

One time use makeup wedges and beauty blenders are another amazing way of applying foundation. One time use sponges or wedges are mostly used by professionals, so that they can take care of the hygiene factor for the client. These do absorb a lot of product, hence useful to avoid looking cakey. If you are heavy handed with your foundation, these are great. Beauty blenders on the other hand are used damp. The dampness adds moisture to the skin while pushing the foundation. I LOVE using beauty blenders. These are exceptional tools. The good thing is that there are many beauty sponges available in market these days. I have very dry skin, hence beauty sponges/blenders are a boon for me. The foundation looks really soft and blended, while making it look really natural. This is hands down my favourite way of applying foundation

  • Thy Fingers!

YES! Your fingers are amazing to use with foundations. The warmth of your hand helps blend the foundation way more easily, just make sure your hands are super clean. You can reach every hook n nook of your face and make sure to blend it all evenly. I sometimes like to press my palms against my face once I have applied my foundation, it kinda gives me a reassurance that my base is not looking heavy and is even. Give it a try! Your hands are better than you think, they are always around, can be cleaned easily and because they are yours, you have a better control on them.

Besides these things, I would like to mention a few points that you should keep in mind while buying foundations.

  • Foundations with SPF (sun protecting factor) in it are good for additional sun protection and day wear, but SPF tends to reflect badly in flash photography. A foundation with SPF in it can give a white cast in flash photos, hence, when going for an event where you’re expecting some clickety-clicks, opt for the foundations without SPF.
  • Some foundations also have shimmer particles to give a dewy effect (as I mentioned above). These foundations also give an extra shiny or oil-slick look in flash photos, hence, avoid these too in case of attending events where flash photography is expected.
  • Always! Always extend your foundation down the neckline while applying on face to make sure there are no harsh lines around your jaw. The more seamless your foundation application is, the more natural it looks. Same applies for areas around your hairline. We tend to miss these areas, while a different shade hairline might peek-a-boo when we definitely don’t want it to.
  • Finally, work on your skin. A good canvas is the key to flawless makeup. Makeup can help you to look polished but nothing beats a healthy glowing skin from within, so, eat healthy, drink water, use products that suit you and show some love to yourself coz makeup or no makeup, there is no second you in this world, take pride in that.

My Favourite foundation recommendations:

  • Full coverage
    • MAC Studio Fix fluid
    • MAC Studio Fix powder
    • PAC HD foundation
    • Maybelline Matte and Poreless
    • Loreal Infallible Pro matte
    • Clinique Anti-blemish solution foundation
  • Medium Coverage
    • Bobbi Brown skin longwear weightless foundation
    • Physicians Formula “The Healthy” foundation
    • Bare minerals Pro powder foundation
  • Sheer Coverage
    • MAC Face and Body foundation
    • NARS Sheer glow foundation

Hope you liked my pointers, it was a lengthy post indeed but I tried to cover as many pointers as I could. Please leave your feedback in comments or any pointer that you might want to mention out of your makeup lemmings. Till then, take care.

 

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Base makeup, I would say is the most important part of your look. It can make or break the entire effort. To make sure your base makeup is perfect, you need to understand your skin. The biggest mistake that we do in makeup is taking it to be our camouflage. Make-up should NOT be a mask to hide under, but a tool to enhance the best version of you. To make sure you’re not picking the wrong products, first analyze yourself.

  • Wash your face thoroughly, tie back your hair, and sit in front of a mirror in a way that light falls on your face (make sure light is not too harsh).
  • Observe your face closely. You’ll notice, your face has areas of different shades. Like, for example, generally our cheeks are lighter than our forehead. This is usually genetic and also because we tend to get more tanned on the high points of our face, hence the unevenness.
  • Compare your facial skin tone to that of your neck’s, close to hairline.
  • See if your lower cheek area, close to your hairline again, is lighter or darker than your neck area.

Our aim with foundation is to make your face, neck and chest skin look even and same toned, hence, match yourself with a foundation which matches your neck and chest area and not your face. Some people have face darker than their neck, while other have face skin lighter than their neck area, either ways, try to find a shade closest to fit the neck and chest area. This will make sure that your face doesn’t look like it has been picked up from a different body and implanted onto yours. Also, foundations ARE NOT supposed to be lighter than your skin. If you choose a lighter shade, it is bound to look ashy and fake, and that does no favour.

Hence, when you go to buy a foundation, insist on following things.

  • Try the foundation on your jaw line, not your hand, not your wrist and definitely not only your cheeks.
  • Full face application is much more helpful, but usually drugstore brands do not do a full face application, hence, stick to the jaw line method.
  • Don’t just buy the shade in one go, the store lighting is way different from natural light. Put the foundation on your face, get out of the store in some natural light, and then observe the foundation in the mirror (I carry a pocket mirror every time I go foundation or concealer shopping).
  • If the shade looks fine, don’t just buy it yet. Take some time doing your stuff here and there and let the foundation be on your face for some time. This will allow you to analyze a few things like:
    • Does the foundation oxidize on you! Few foundations tend to react with the oxygen in the air and turn darker with time, that will eventually mismatch the foundation, and also you’ll look tanned and muddy. Giving some time for foundation to settle in will allow you to check if the foundation oxidizes or not.
    • Some foundations might blend seamlessly at once, but can turn patchy in some time. These absorb the moisture right away from your skin and cling onto dry bits. We wouldn’t want that. Hence, give it enough time to react with your skin oils, so that you would know if it works for your skin type or not.
  • If everything goes fine, you can go ahead and invest in the foundation. I say invest, coz usually foundations don’t come cheap, but a good foundation does a lot good to your makeup game. A perfectly done base is 80% battle won. 

 Foundation texture (find your skin type match)

Now, foundations don’t come in same texture, there are so many formulations in the market, one can easily get confused. So, while buying the foundation, before you go for the right shade, find the right texture.

Foundations, though in many formulas, are broadly of following types:

  • Liquid Foundations
    • These foundations are runny in texture. The main component being water.
    • They might be heavier or lighter, depending upon the coverage they provide.
    • These are usually suitable for normal to dry skin types. Being liquidy, they are mostly a little hydrating, except a few that are formulated to keep the skin matte. The ones that specify so are clearly meant for oily skin types.
    • Examples: Maybelline Matte and Poreless, PAC HD foundation, Loreal Infallible foundation
  • Cream Foundations
    • As the name suggests, these are creamier, thicker in texture, hence, generally are not meant for oily skin types.
    • These have higher capability of hydrating the skin hence are best suited for dry skin types.
    • Examples, Kryolan Derma Color or Camouflage creme
  • Powder Foundations
    • These foundations, being powder texture, are usually meant for oily skin types.
    • They absorb natural oils from skin and help keeping the skin matte for longer.
    • They can be loose powders or compressed compact powders. Generally, loose powders tend to be better with oil control.
    • Examples, MAC Studio fix powder, Bare minerals Pro powder foundation

Besides these, foundations are mattifying or dewy or something in between. Mattifying foundations absorb your skin’s excess oil secretion to give a matte look for long, while dewy foundations add a glow to the skin. The glow might be because of hydrating properties of foundation or it may contain minute shimmer particles that catch and reflect light giving an illusion of glowy skin.

Foundation Coverage (understand your skin’s need)

Once you are sure of the texture, now you would want to see if your skin needs a lot to be covered or just needs some even-ness.

  • High Coverage Foundations
    • These are highly pigmented foundation with lots of color, which covers the skin imperfections to a large extent, with little product.
    • For party occasions or bigger events of your life, when you wish to look flawless, these are the kind of foundation you would want to go for.
    • Being high on pigmentation, high coverage foundations also tend to clog pores, hence, I would not recommend them for a day to day basis. Again, this does not apply on all foundations, there are formulations that though give high coverage to skin, are totally breathable as well.
  • Medium Coverage/Buildable coverage foundations
    • These foundations also provide good coverage, but are not totally camouflaging on stubborn acne marks, pigmentation and the harsh discoloration on the face.
    • Medium coverage foundations might also be buildable, in such cases, the formula is such that you can layer foundation to achieve a higher coverage and it won’t end up looking cakey.
    • These kind of formulations are good for skin that need a little coverage and mostly even-ing out of the skin.
  • Low Coverage/Sheer foundations
    • These foundations are low on coverage, i.e. they don’t cover the acne marks or pigmentation on the face.
    • Their major job is to even out the slightly un-even skin tones.
    • Being on the lighter side, these are perfect for day to day usage but are best suited for good skin days when you don’t need much to be covered.
    • Tinted moisturisers usually fall in this category.

Foundation Application (How to apply foundation)

Foundation application is mostly a matter of preference than a necessity. It varies from person to person, how one likes to apply foundation. I would mention a few things that I learned while applying foundation using different tools.

  • Brushes

Foundation can be applied using brushes. There are many kinds of brushes available in market like buffing brushes, good old flat foundation brushes, kabuki brushes, stippling brushes etc. Brushes are best used with liquid foundations, especially the ones with synthetic bristles. The density of the brush helps to buff the foundation on to the skin making sure to give most coverage. Although, with few brushes one needs to be careful as the application can get streaky, if the brush quality is not great or is cut out unevenly. But if you find the right brush, application becomes a breeze. My favorites are, Sigma F80, Real techniques Expert face brush and Zoeva Silk finish brush.

  • Sponges

One time use makeup wedges and beauty blenders are another amazing way of applying foundation. One time use sponges or wedges are mostly used by professionals, so that they can take care of the hygiene factor for the client. These do absorb a lot of product, hence useful to avoid looking cakey. If you are heavy handed with your foundation, these are great. Beauty blenders on the other hand are used damp. The dampness adds moisture to the skin while pushing the foundation. I LOVE using beauty blenders. These are exceptional tools. The good thing is that there are many beauty sponges available in market these days. I have very dry skin, hence beauty sponges/blenders are a boon for me. The foundation looks really soft and blended, while making it look really natural. This is hands down my favourite way of applying foundation

  • Thy Fingers!

YES! Your fingers are amazing to use with foundations. The warmth of your hand helps blend the foundation way more easily, just make sure your hands are super clean. You can reach every hook n nook of your face and make sure to blend it all evenly. I sometimes like to press my palms against my face once I have applied my foundation, it kinda gives me a reassurance that my base is not looking heavy and is even. Give it a try! Your hands are better than you think, they are always around, can be cleaned easily and because they are yours, you have a better control on them.

Besides these things, I would like to mention a few points that you should keep in mind while buying foundations.

  • Foundations with SPF (sun protecting factor) in it are good for additional sun protection and day wear, but SPF tends to reflect badly in flash photography. A foundation with SPF in it can give a white cast in flash photos, hence, when going for an event where you’re expecting some clickety-clicks, opt for the foundations without SPF.
  • Some foundations also have shimmer particles to give a dewy effect (as I mentioned above). These foundations also give an extra shiny or oil-slick look in flash photos, hence, avoid these too in case of attending events where flash photography is expected.
  • Always! Always extend your foundation down the neckline while applying on face to make sure there are no harsh lines around your jaw. The more seamless your foundation application is, the more natural it looks. Same applies for areas around your hairline. We tend to miss these areas, while a different shade hairline might peek-a-boo when we definitely don’t want it to.
  • Finally, work on your skin. A good canvas is the key to flawless makeup. Makeup can help you to look polished but nothing beats a healthy glowing skin from within, so, eat healthy, drink water, use products that suit you and show some love to yourself coz makeup or no makeup, there is no second you in this world, take pride in that.

My Favourite foundation recommendations:

  • Full coverage
    • MAC Studio Fix fluid
    • MAC Studio Fix powder
    • PAC HD foundation
    • Maybelline Matte and Poreless
    • Loreal Infallible Pro matte
    • Clinique Anti-blemish solution foundation
  • Medium Coverage
    • Bobbi Brown skin longwear weightless foundation
    • Physicians Formula “The Healthy” foundation
    • Bare minerals Pro powder foundation
  • Sheer Coverage
    • MAC Face and Body foundation
    • NARS Sheer glow foundation

Hope you liked my pointers, it was a lengthy post indeed but I tried to cover as many pointers as I could. Please leave your feedback in comments or any pointer that you might want to mention out of your makeup lemmings. Till then, take care.

 

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To me, Make-up is just like making chapattis, the only thing you need to do is practice and practice. Though my chapattis are yet to reach the stage of being remotely round, my make-up stint has taught me a lot. I am not a pro make-up artist, but in these series I will try to share my experiences, my learning, my little tips and tricks that might help you to understand where to begin with. Actually, learning makeup needs just a kick start, once you are into it, there will be no looking back. So these posts are basically here to give you a kick start.

Importance of Base make-up (understanding your skin):

Base makeup, I would say is the most important part of your look. It can make or break the entire effort. To make sure your base makeup is perfect, you need to understand your skin. The biggest mistake that we do in makeup is taking it to be our camouflage. Make-up should NOT be a mask to hide under, but a tool to enhance the best version of you. To make sure you’re not picking the wrong products, first analyze yourself.

  • Wash your face thoroughly, tie back your hair, and sit in front of a mirror in a way that light falls on your face (make sure light is not too harsh).
  • Observe your face closely. You’ll notice, your face has areas of different shades. Like, for example, generally our cheeks are lighter than our forehead. This is usually genetic and also because we tend to get more tanned on the high points of our face, hence the unevenness.
  • Compare your facial skin tone to that of your neck’s, close to hairline.
  • See if your lower cheek area, close to your hairline again, is lighter or darker than your neck area.

Our aim with foundation is to make your face, neck and chest skin look even and same toned, hence, match yourself with a foundation which matches your neck and chest area and not your face. Some people have face darker than their neck, while other have face skin lighter than their neck area, either ways, try to find a shade closest to fit the neck and chest area. This will make sure that your face doesn’t look like it has been picked up from a different body and implanted onto yours. Also, foundations ARE NOT supposed to be lighter than your skin. If you choose a lighter shade, it is bound to look ashy and fake, and that does no favour.

Hence, when you go to buy a foundation, insist on following things.

  • Try the foundation on your jaw line, not your hand, not your wrist and definitely not only your cheeks.
  • Full face application is much more helpful, but usually drugstore brands do not do a full face application, hence, stick to the jaw line method.
  • Don’t just buy the shade in one go, the store lighting is way different from natural light. Put the foundation on your face, get out of the store in some natural light, and then observe the foundation in the mirror (I carry a pocket mirror every time I go foundation or concealer shopping).
  • If the shade looks fine, don’t just buy it yet. Take some time doing your stuff here and there and let the foundation be on your face for some time. This will allow you to analyze a few things like:
    • Does the foundation oxidize on you! Few foundations tend to react with the oxygen in the air and turn darker with time, that will eventually mismatch the foundation, and also you’ll look tanned and muddy. Giving some time for foundation to settle in will allow you to check if the foundation oxidizes or not.
    • Some foundations might blend seamlessly at once, but can turn patchy in some time. These absorb the moisture right away from your skin and cling onto dry bits. We wouldn’t want that. Hence, give it enough time to react with your skin oils, so that you would know if it works for your skin type or not.
  • If everything goes fine, you can go ahead and invest in the foundation. I say invest, coz usually foundations don’t come cheap, but a good foundation does a lot good to your makeup game. A perfectly done base is 80% battle won. 

 Foundation texture (find your skin type match)

Now, foundations don’t come in same texture, there are so many formulations in the market, one can easily get confused. So, while buying the foundation, before you go for the right shade, find the right texture.

Foundations, though in many formulas, are broadly of following types:

  • Liquid Foundations
    • These foundations are runny in texture. The main component being water.
    • They might be heavier or lighter, depending upon the coverage they provide.
    • These are usually suitable for normal to dry skin types. Being liquidy, they are mostly a little hydrating, except a few that are formulated to keep the skin matte. The ones that specify so are clearly meant for oily skin types.
    • Examples: Maybelline Matte and Poreless, PAC HD foundation, Loreal Infallible foundation
  • Cream Foundations
    • As the name suggests, these are creamier, thicker in texture, hence, generally are not meant for oily skin types.
    • These have higher capability of hydrating the skin hence are best suited for dry skin types.
    • Examples, Kryolan Derma Color or Camouflage creme
  • Powder Foundations
    • These foundations, being powder texture, are usually meant for oily skin types.
    • They absorb natural oils from skin and help keeping the skin matte for longer.
    • They can be loose powders or compressed compact powders. Generally, loose powders tend to be better with oil control.
    • Examples, MAC Studio fix powder, Bare minerals Pro powder foundation

Besides these, foundations are mattifying or dewy or something in between. Mattifying foundations absorb your skin’s excess oil secretion to give a matte look for long, while dewy foundations add a glow to the skin. The glow might be because of hydrating properties of foundation or it may contain minute shimmer particles that catch and reflect light giving an illusion of glowy skin.

Foundation Coverage (understand your skin’s need)

Once you are sure of the texture, now you would want to see if your skin needs a lot to be covered or just needs some even-ness.

  • High Coverage Foundations
    • These are highly pigmented foundation with lots of color, which covers the skin imperfections to a large extent, with little product.
    • For party occasions or bigger events of your life, when you wish to look flawless, these are the kind of foundation you would want to go for.
    • Being high on pigmentation, high coverage foundations also tend to clog pores, hence, I would not recommend them for a day to day basis. Again, this does not apply on all foundations, there are formulations that though give high coverage to skin, are totally breathable as well.
  • Medium Coverage/Buildable coverage foundations
    • These foundations also provide good coverage, but are not totally camouflaging on stubborn acne marks, pigmentation and the harsh discoloration on the face.
    • Medium coverage foundations might also be buildable, in such cases, the formula is such that you can layer foundation to achieve a higher coverage and it won’t end up looking cakey.
    • These kind of formulations are good for skin that need a little coverage and mostly even-ing out of the skin.
  • Low Coverage/Sheer foundations
    • These foundations are low on coverage, i.e. they don’t cover the acne marks or pigmentation on the face.
    • Their major job is to even out the slightly un-even skin tones.
    • Being on the lighter side, these are perfect for day to day usage but are best suited for good skin days when you don’t need much to be covered.
    • Tinted moisturisers usually fall in this category.

Foundation Application (How to apply foundation)

Foundation application is mostly a matter of preference than a necessity. It varies from person to person, how one likes to apply foundation. I would mention a few things that I learned while applying foundation using different tools.

  • Brushes

Foundation can be applied using brushes. There are many kinds of brushes available in market like buffing brushes, good old flat foundation brushes, kabuki brushes, stippling brushes etc. Brushes are best used with liquid foundations, especially the ones with synthetic bristles. The density of the brush helps to buff the foundation on to the skin making sure to give most coverage. Although, with few brushes one needs to be careful as the application can get streaky, if the brush quality is not great or is cut out unevenly. But if you find the right brush, application becomes a breeze. My favorites are, Sigma F80, Real techniques Expert face brush and Zoeva Silk finish brush.

  • Sponges

One time use makeup wedges and beauty blenders are another amazing way of applying foundation. One time use sponges or wedges are mostly used by professionals, so that they can take care of the hygiene factor for the client. These do absorb a lot of product, hence useful to avoid looking cakey. If you are heavy handed with your foundation, these are great. Beauty blenders on the other hand are used damp. The dampness adds moisture to the skin while pushing the foundation. I LOVE using beauty blenders. These are exceptional tools. The good thing is that there are many beauty sponges available in market these days. I have very dry skin, hence beauty sponges/blenders are a boon for me. The foundation looks really soft and blended, while making it look really natural. This is hands down my favourite way of applying foundation

  • Thy Fingers!

YES! Your fingers are amazing to use with foundations. The warmth of your hand helps blend the foundation way more easily, just make sure your hands are super clean. You can reach every hook n nook of your face and make sure to blend it all evenly. I sometimes like to press my palms against my face once I have applied my foundation, it kinda gives me a reassurance that my base is not looking heavy and is even. Give it a try! Your hands are better than you think, they are always around, can be cleaned easily and because they are yours, you have a better control on them.

Besides these things, I would like to mention a few points that you should keep in mind while buying foundations.

  • Foundations with SPF (sun protecting factor) in it are good for additional sun protection and day wear, but SPF tends to reflect badly in flash photography. A foundation with SPF in it can give a white cast in flash photos, hence, when going for an event where you’re expecting some clickety-clicks, opt for the foundations without SPF.
  • Some foundations also have shimmer particles to give a dewy effect (as I mentioned above). These foundations also give an extra shiny or oil-slick look in flash photos, hence, avoid these too in case of attending events where flash photography is expected.
  • Always! Always extend your foundation down the neckline while applying on face to make sure there are no harsh lines around your jaw. The more seamless your foundation application is, the more natural it looks. Same applies for areas around your hairline. We tend to miss these areas, while a different shade hairline might peek-a-boo when we definitely don’t want it to.
  • Finally, work on your skin. A good canvas is the key to flawless makeup. Makeup can help you to look polished but nothing beats a healthy glowing skin from within, so, eat healthy, drink water, use products that suit you and show some love to yourself coz makeup or no makeup, there is no second you in this world, take pride in that.

My Favourite foundation recommendations:

  • Full coverage
    • MAC Studio Fix fluid
    • MAC Studio Fix powder
    • PAC HD foundation
    • Maybelline Matte and Poreless
    • Loreal Infallible Pro matte
    • Clinique Anti-blemish solution foundation
  • Medium Coverage
    • Bobbi Brown skin longwear weightless foundation
    • Physicians Formula “The Healthy” foundation
    • Bare minerals Pro powder foundation
  • Sheer Coverage
    • MAC Face and Body foundation
    • NARS Sheer glow foundation

Hope you liked my pointers, it was a lengthy post indeed but I tried to cover as many pointers as I could. Please leave your feedback in comments or any pointer that you might want to mention out of your makeup lemmings. Till then, take care.

 

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