Foundation Faux Pas


Applying foundation is arguably the most important step in the makeup process.  If your complexion is left looking orange or blotchy, it doesn’t matter how on-point your eyebrow game is because people won’t be able to take their eyes off your skin tone. The first cardinal rule of foundation is choosing the right shade. This can seem difficult but if you just remember these three important steps, it’s a piece of cake.

  1. When choosing the shade make sure you’re somewhere with bright lighting.  If you’re in a dimly lit room, shadows can make a shade that’s much too light seem perfect.
  2. Match the foundation by applying a little to the back of your hand and rubbing it in.  If it blends in perfectly, that’s the one! Remember not to look for a foundation darker than your skin tone because will just look uneven.  Search for one that matches your skin tone so it can cover any blemishes, even out your natural tone, and give you a refreshed, healthy glow.
  3. Always apply your foundation to your neck as well! This step is crucial because if you leave your neck out it will look much lighter than your face and will be an automatic give away that you’re wearing makeup.

The tool that you apply your foundation with is just as important as the foundation you apply.  I use the beauty blender–you can find it at any Sephora or makeup store and it’s truly God’s best creation. The egg shape allows it to reach every crevice and corner of your face and it never leaves your face looking blotchy as brushes sometimes can. Before every use you just wet it and squeeze it out into the sink so it doesn’t become caked with makeup.  Then you dry it as best as you can but you want it to retain a bit of dampness because that’s what gives you the dewey look.

Lastly, after applying a foundation or tinted moisturizer, allow it a few minutes to set into your skin and then dust over your face with a powder. This foundation step gives you two options.  You can either use an actual powder foundation or a translucent finishing powder. If you have some blemishes that you want to cover or just want a heavier facial coverage, opt for a powder foundation.  However, if you just want to set in your liquid foundation for a light coverage, the translucent powder is for you.  For powder foundation I use Jane Iredale’s Pure Pressed foundation.  Just dab some on a big round makeup brush and apply it to your whole face.  For finishing powder, I use Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Pressed Translucent Finishing Powder. The powder appears white but it’s translucent so when you apply it, there’s no white sheen. I apply this with a large round makeup brush and use the thin brush it comes with for under my eyes or any other hard to reach places.

So, there you have it–all you need to know about choosing and applying foundation. Once you find the right products and shade for you, you’ll be wondering why it took you so long to figure all this out! (It’s because you haven’t read my blog until now, duh.)



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