Woohoo! First beauty post on my blog. For my first post on the ‘beauty’ segment I thought I would do a post on how to achieve flawless looking skin.
I know that I personally dislike the feeling of having my face caked with foundation. Which is why on a day to day basis I tend to skip applying foundation and go straight to concealer. But sometimes on those occasions when I feel like having a little bit more coverage, such as a night out, it can be handy to know those techniques that leave your face and skin looking flawless and feeling fresh without having an obvious cake face.
I am a huge believer in makeup being there to enhance your natural features. I always try to keep this in mind when applying foundation. With makeup I like to implement a less is more strategy.
Step 1. Prep your face –
To prep my face I like to cleanse to get rid of excess dirt. I then like to follow up by adding a good hydrating moisturiser. The cleanser that I find myself always coming back to is the NATIO Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser. Having sensitive skin I find that this cleanser is great because it isn’t harsh in anyway, does a great job of removing even the toughest of makeup and leaves my face feeling clean and fresh.
I then like to follow up with a moisturiser. A new moisturiser that I picked up recently and have been loving is the Oil Free Moisturiser for Sensitive Skin by Neutrogena. This moisturiser is great because it doesn’t leave any redness or irritation. It is made specifically for people with sensitive skin and as a result leaves my skin feeling hydrated.
Step 2. Add foundation –
Now I cannot stress enough how important it is to ensure that your foundation matches your face. One trick for matching your foundation is to swatch it on your jawline or lower cheek, as you are guaranteed a perfect match. Never swatch foundation on your hand, as your hand is usually a couple of shades darker than your face.
When applying foundation I only like to apply it to those areas of my face that truly need it. This is a guaranteed way to avoid a cake face. I like to pump some foundation on the back of my hand and then use my fingers to dot over the areas where I think I need it. For me this includes around my nose, under my eyes and on my jawline, where I typically have redness to even out my skin tone. The foundation that I am currently using is the Maybelline Superstar Flawless Finish Foundation
Once I have my foundation where I want it I will then use a damp beauty blender to blend it all over my face to even the foundation out. I find using a damp beauty blender as the best method when blending out foundation because it gives a really nice natural, dewy finish.
Step 3. Conceal –
When applying concealer you don’t want to go overboard. Similarly to foundation you want to use it sparingly and only on the areas that need it. I usually apply concealer under my eyes and on any blemishes that I may have.
To blend out my concealer I will use a mixture of my beauty blender and finger.
Applying concealer after foundation is a good way to prevent going overboard. If you apply concealer before foundation you will more likely apply more than what you need.
With concealer it is also important to go for the right shade. Look for a concealer that is one shade lighter, to mask dark under eye circles. Be sure to only go a shade lighter as going too light can look fake. You just want to make it so you look awake and refreshed. For concealer I recently have been using the Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflage Concealer.
Side note: As you can probably tell I tend to go for Maybelline with the majority of my makeup. I find Maybelline is a good go-to as it is reasonably priced and is of good quality.
Step 4. Powder –
The final step for achieving a flawless finish is to set your foundation and concealer with a translucent powder. I use and absolutely love is the Laura Mercier loose Setting Translucent Powder. I highly suggest going over with a translucent powder as opposed to a coloured powder as a coloured powder is going to add unnecessary coverage and build up. A good translucent powder will set your makeup in place, while reflecting light to help your skin shine and have a nice glowy finish.
To apply powder I opt for a small to medium fluffy shadow brush. Seeing as you only put your base on in the places that need it, it is unnecessary to powder your entire face. Opting for a smaller brush allows for precision. When I go over with powder I like to tap, instead of just brushing it on as this is going to lock your base in.
There you have it! As mentioned earlier, makeup should enhance your natural features. It is important when applying your base to not go overboard. It’s always about moderation. I like to think of it this way. When you start off with a ‘less is more’ mentality you always have room to build up. Whereas if you start with too much it is harder to take away. I hope you all found this post helpful in some way, and I look forward to sharing more of my beauty tips and tricks in the future.