Blending foundation on its own is almost like an art. When done properly you can fake it with the best of them as seen in fashion publications, just sans the team of Photoshop experts ready to airbrush away any flaw you may have. On the other hand, when blending has gone wrong your entire foundation application could be compromised into a streaky, uneven mess. Needless to say, blending is a super important step during your daily makeup routine and requires not just your full focus and dedication, but a few good-to-know tips and steps to assure your blending job is the best you can do.
1. The right tool is everything
Okay, personally I have not used a foundation brush in AGES. When the Beautyblender became a permanent part of my makeup family this is the only way I apply foundation, concealer, etc. Using it damp controls the amount of product that goes onto my skin, meaning the might-be inherent risk of excess product settling into fine lines is minimized. Using it damp also provides the most even and natural-looking of finish with that “airbrushed” magic everyone keeps talking about because product does not look like makeup, it looks more like your original skin since it really gets product into the skin as opposed to letting it sit atop of it. What I love the best about using the Beautyblender is that you can’t see where my skin ends and the foundation begins.
2. Opt for the best time of day
Ideally, the best time of day to apply makeup is in broad daylight in front of your window. Simply because daylight offers what you are going to look like out there in the real world. Certain bedroom or bathroom lighting can be too dim, too bright, too iridescent, weird shadows everywhere, etc., resolving into an application that could consist of harsh edges, too much product because you think patches here and there are not covered. You know the drill All in all, you may look like a million dollars in your bathroom mirror, but the rest of us are out here and we are scared. I absolutely despise bathroom lighting.
Unfortunately for a lot of us getting ready in broad daylight is not an option so you will want to have a backup at hand that mimics the presence of daylight while you put your face on. The best option for this conundrum is to invest in a magnifying mirror that has lighting built in. These types of mirrors are equipped to function either like daylight or a form of studio lighting so you can put your best face forward. Both Sephora and Ulta have some great ones up for grabs.
3. Avoid lines, edges, & general demarcation
Even if your foundation matches your skin tone to an absolute T, never neglect pulling the product down onto the neck and possibly even chest. I’m not saying to pump out product especially for those zones, just after applying it to your face with whatever is leftover on your brush or sponge dust it onto your neck and chest. This avoids harsh transitions, lines, edges, and whatnot from your face to your neck with a color gradation. Remember, your neck is always a different shade of skin tone than your face is, especially during the Summer.
4. Pick the right shade of foundation
Most of us girls are pretty good at eyeballing what shade of foundation matches our skin tones the best standing in the store. However, it has happened to even the best of us where we bought either a shade too dark or too light, maybe even so with the wrong undertones that completely clash with our visage. Foundation shade is very important, even if you’re a pro at guesstimating, you may want to be matched expertly to assure you will own the correct color of product.
5. Covering up imperfections
Let’s say you wake up with a giant planet or even solar system cropping about on your face, now comes the daunting task after foundation of covering up an army of zits. The mistake most women make is using the exact same concealer that they use to brighten up the under-eye because it’s concealer so what harm can it do? Well, you will end up with highlighted spots and dots all over your face that you thought you blending good enough to seamlessly fit in with the rest of your skin. What you want to do for zit coverage is to use a cream-based concealer and not a liquid. Cream-based is stronger in pigment which means you don’t have to goop on the product to cover up. In this previous article I shared a pro tip on how to really cover a zit, you’d be surprised about the technique and will uncover you’ve been disguising zits wrong all along.
6. Take your time
Another common error most women make is to spend the most time of their daily routine on their eyeshadow or their contour job. While the latter are equally important, they are also the reasons that women skip spending enough time on blending their foundation because gasp, you just spend 20 minutes or more on doing this that, or your brows. God, the goddamn brows. It is actually in fact blending your foundation that you want to spend the majority of your time on. If your base canvas does not look right, nothing else will either and no amount of sexy smokey eyes can distract from that for you.
7. Involve your phone
Not sure about yourself after doing your makeup? After applying your face BUT before spritzing on the setting spray, take a selfie and analyze for any possible mistakes in need of correcting or any features that could use some improving on before finalizing the deal. Trust me, I hate selfies but these have become a pivotal step in my everyday routine lately. It’s the check in double-check.