With so many formulas in the market, its easy for someone to get completely lost and go beserk. At last with many trials and errors we land up in getting a foundation which is a perfect match for the skin and then voila its cakey. I have seen a lot of people calling foundations ‘cakey’ when they don’t know that its a subjective mistake.
Nowadays foundations are rich in pigments and have volatile substances which dry up on skin leaving a veil of color behind. If you overdo this veil it certainly gives an unsightly masked effect that can be completely controlled by us.
So let’s see how to get close to the best foundation. Always choose a liquid formulas as it slips better and is more controllable than powder version. Choose a foundation of the right color, undertone and skin type. If you are being photographed stay away from sunscreen based foundations and light reflective concealers as they can impart a ghostly white cast. Choose the formula according to your agenda and occasion. At work a tinted moisturizer is best suited while at wedding a full coverage long lasting foundation holds everything true. Never powder if not needed as now a days foundations dry to a powder finish and you don’t want to have a glowing body with a matte face.
Applying a foundation so that it does not go cakey is also a trick. Choose between array of sponges and brushes or use your fingers for flawless finish. I researched and found some amazing ways of applying foundation, which you probably may or may not know, as follows.
Best Brushes Foundation & How To Use Them
+ Take 2 drops of foundation amidst the tips of your fingers. Massage over each other to heat up the formula and blend the molecules with heat generated by friction. Start from the centre of face blending outwards and downwards along the diameter of the face towards the perimeter. Then with foundation brush simply smooth the edges and blend to create a seamless finish.
+Other way round, apply foundation with brush and them dab gently for the formula to melt into skin.
+ Use special sponges like Beauty Blender that will never make your foundation go wrong even if its MAC Studio fix fluid which can be a bit tricky to apply.
+ Makeup artist Kabuki suggests applying foundation in small strokes with a concealer brush only in areas that need care and attention and set it with powder foundation to get an insanely natural finish.
+ Natural hair brushes help create the most amazing finish without actually absorbing any product. MAC 109 and Lancome dome brushes are my favorites. Stipple and blend with a flat kabuki can make wonders to your skin.
+ Duo fibre brushes are good to disperse the pigment for a seamless finish. You can also spray a fixing or moisturizing spray and create a perfect blend of flawless complexion with your favorite foundation.
+ Eve Pearl suggests reverse contouring to soften and deepen facial contours where required using two different foundations and the overall result is nothing less than perfect.
+ Applying foundation in semi circular motions can help conceal pores if done rightly. This is best done with fingers though.
+ Applying foundation with fan brush gives adds delicate translucency to the complexion and adds a whisper of color to skin keeping it subtle and dewy.
+ Applying foundation with angular foundation brush helps better application although none of the regular brands make one.
Foundations can be an affair of loyalty and faithfulness if gotten right.
Some liquid foundations I love and swear by,
# Clinique Superbalanced Makeup
# MAC Prolongwear foundation SPF10
# MUD cosmetics foundation palette
# Shiseido Dual Balancing Foundation
# Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation # Clinique Even better makeup SPF 1D
# Bourjois Healthy mix foundation
# Ben Nye matte foundation.
Favorite foundation brushes
# Estee Lauder foundation brush
# Sigma brushes
# Clinique Foundation brush
# Dior foundation brush
# Chanel Foundation brush.
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