In order for a woman’s make-up to look good the base needs to be good and by base I don’t just mean foundation (although that certainly helps) – I mean skin. If your skin is clean and well-hydrated your make-up will sit better on your face. Getting the skincare right and buying the correct products for your particular skin will pay dividends. Good skincare can help control oily skin so that you don’t feel like your face make-up is sliding off and can help hydrate dry skin so that your foundation doesn’t disappear leaving an orange peel effect behind. When looking at cleansers for instance my advice would be to purchase a wash-off cleanser for an oily skin and a cream cleanser for a dry skin, normal skins have a choice.
Also, eating lots of fruit and vegetables and going easy on the chocolate can also show on your face.
When you are satisfied with your base we can move on to make-up base and even here I wouldn’t go straight onto a foundation. There are lots of great skin adjusters around which applied before foundation can subtly adjust your skin’s colour, for example a green or yellow highlighter can work wonders with reddish cheeks or chins calming down the redness till believe it or believe it not you can actually apply blusher over foundation!
Foundation comes next and is the single item of make-up which women worry about the most. This is where it helps to get make-up advice from a colour or image consultant as people good with colour can help you get the base colour right be it yellow-base foundation for warmer tones or neutral or pink toned. Your foundation should match your skin and should be tested on the chin area rather than the back of your hand. Many people have foundation either too dark which is aging or the wrong tone. Texture can depend on your skin type and preference but there is a lot of choice from liquid to cream to powder.
Next I would go for any extra coverage requirements you have whether it be the odd blemish, the inside corners of your eyes or covering up under-eye circles and I would use concealer for these areas.
This may be followed by a light dusting of powder either loose or pressed but this is not always necessary depending on the wearer, their skin and age and what suits them. Loose powder gives the lighter more professional finish and has the added advantage of allowing you to apply two or three light applications one after the other if you are attending a special event and want your make-up to stay put for some time.
Pressed powder is less messy to use and can be quicker but has to be applied very lightly, ideally pressed on gently and then brushed off with a large powder brush in a downward motion. It is also an ideal powder to carry around if you want to touch up your make-up at work for instance. Quite often even if the rest of your skin is relatively normal and well behaved the t-zone can be oily and need blotting during the day and a little pressed powder is ideal for this.
Get the base right and you’re well on the way to getting the rest of your make-up right.
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