Nailing your foundation is key to pulling off any makeup look, yet this first essential step can be the trickiest of all to master. So we asked Sandy Linter, celebrity makeup artist and beauty expert, where we most often go wrong, as well as how to make it right. Here, five ways you may be messing up:
3. Using the Wrong Consistency
Whatever kind you use, the foundation should seamlessly blend into skin when you apply it, says Linter. That way, you get coverage without heaviness, and the finish appears natural. For dry types, powder formulations can settle into pores and lines, while liquids can look too wet on oily skin. Linter finds that creamy textures often hit the right note of providing flattering coverage with a natural finish on most. This takes some experimentation to find out what looks best on your skin type.
4. Thinking Foundation Looks Aging
“Foundation has a bad rap because it’s been used incorrectly by so many, but don’t be afraid to wear it,” says Linter. The right formula evens out aging issues, like discolouration and pore size, to actually make you appear younger. Plus, other cosmetic helpers you apply—like blush, bronzer, and concealer—can blotch up and appear obvious without a good foundation as a base. The trick is to find a formula that applies smoothly and doesn’t settle into lines and pores. We love COVERGIRL's Healthy Elixir Liquid Foundation, it is super hydrating and vitamin-infused so helps protect your skin while giving a flawless finish.
5. Applying Everything, Everywhere
The sure way to look like you’re wearing makeup is to apply a blanket of foundation and powder to the face and to over-conceal. Linter recommends working on foundation as needed, and then going into specific areas, like the under-eye and blemishes, with concealer. Blending with the warmth of your finger marries concealer more naturally into skin. Finish with powder only in the centre of the face, where it’s truly needed; overdoing it can kill your whole look.
The bottom line: Finding the right foundation shade and formula is key. And remember, less is always more. Follow these tips, and you're guaranteed to look flawless!
This article originally appeared on Women's Health US.