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    17 Tips You Need To Know If You Wear Foundation

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    1. Before you do anything, get to know your skin.

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    Determine your undertone, and figure out your skin type. This will allow you to narrow down what foundations are actually right for you. Just as a general guide, shades for cool undertones will have a pinkish hue and shades for warm undertones will have a yellowish hue.

    Have a look at this guide to figure out what your undertone is.

    2. Think about what type of foundation you want.

    3. Decide on what type of coverage you want.

    Coverage is basically how heavy or how light you want your foundation to look. You can get sheer, medium, or full coverage foundations. Sheer foundations will provide a very light, no makeup look, while a medium coverage will be slightly heavier to cover up blemishes. Full coverage should be thick and able to hide all blemishes.

    I always go for full coverage foundation, and I mix it with primer if I want a more sheer or medium coverage.

    4. Figure out what finish you want.

    This tends to depend on your skin type, must people with dry skin are after a dewy finish, while those with oily skin want a more matte finish.

    If this applies to you, then for dry skin opt for a moisturising foundation. Dry skin tends to be flaky so you want a formula that will add moisture but won't settle in your lines. And for oily skin go for a formula that is matte and if possibly oil free.

    The Glamour Index page has a great tutorial on achieving the dewy look, and check out Alyssa's page for a matte foundation tutorial.

    If you're looking for a good dewy foundation try,

    NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
    , £32 which comes 18 shades.

    Max Factor Skin Luminizer Foundation, £11.99 which comes in 6 shades.

    Or for a more matte finish try,

    Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
    , £32.50 which comes in 42 shades.

    B Flawless Foundation, £9.99 which comes in 12 shades.

    5. Always test foundation on your face and not your hands.

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    "Always try foundation on your face and not on your hand. Check the shade in natural light, and take a selfie outside, this is the best way to check if the colour and tone is right for you." - Lisa Potter-Dixon, head makeup artist, Benefit Cosmetics UK

    6. If you're not sure what your shade is, ask for samples at the store.

    7. If you can't decide between two shades, go for the lighter one .

    8. You can actually buy shade adjusting drops, for when your foundation is not quite right.

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    You can actually lighten your foundation, or darken it. Shade adjusting drops are great because it means you don't have to buy new foundation every time you come back from holiday or when the seasons change.

    NYX have a great range of foundation mixers, the range comes in six shades, including a bright white shade for really pale skin.

    9. Consider using two different shades or formulas.

    10. Moisturise five to ten minutes before applying foundation.

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    This tip is simple but essential. Letting your moisturiser sit into your skin will make it easier to apply your foundation, and it allows the foundation to rest better on the skin.

    11. Use a primer!

    12. Makeup sponges are great for applying foundation.

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    Sponges allow you to dab on foundation, and blend it into your skin perfectly, plus almost every makeup artist swears by it.

    "When it comes to applying foundation, I love a Beautyblender. I always use it damp so that it doesn’t soak up as much product." - Lisa Potter-Dixon

    13. Build up the coverage, rather than starting heavy

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    Start light and build, is a good rule of thumb when it comes to foundation. This makes it easier to correct mistakes.

    14. Apply foundation before you apply concealer.


    Always put on foundation before concealer. Putting on concealer just to wipe it all around and cover it up with your foundation is pretty pointless. Apply your foundation first, and If you can still see blemishes or dark circles then blend on concealer. Leyla Rose's foundation routine is definitely worth watching and copying.

    15. BLEND, blend blend!

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    Blending is your secret weapon when it comes to foundation. Blend foundation over your ears and neck, this will stop those horrible demarcation lines.

    16. To prevent runny streaks, apply setting powder after you've finished blending in your foundation.

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    Setting powders are great for keeping your foundation in place. They glide over foundation and make it last longer. People with really oily skin should try applying setting power or any translucent powder before foundation. This little trick works wonders for me.

    17. Always check your foundation in natural light.

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    You should always try to apply your foundation in good natural light,but if you can't, at least try to do a final check in good light. This will help to ensure everything is on point. You'll be able to tell that the shade is right, and that you don't have any unblended areas.