Foundation that is too heavy or thick can dull your complexion and make you appear older than you actually are. With the right tools and techniques, you can avoid cakey foundation for good.
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I’ve always played in makeup. Growing up, my grandmother owned a funeral home, and we lived right next door to the business. I remember sales representatives coming over to the house to bring foundation makeup kits for her to sample on her “clients.” She never used all of them, so when no one was around, I would sneak the unopened yellow kits into my room to play dress up. That stuff was thicker than putty, but it was fun to play in.
Whenever I see dull, flat, super dry makeup on someone, I immediately think of mortuary makeup.
Back when I first started to wear makeup to try and tame my oily skin, I would pile on tons of powder from my Black Opal compact. (I didn’t know any better) My non-foundation wearing mother would tell me that I looked like I was about to be laid in a casket! I was offended at first, but after looking back at a few pictures, I realized what she was trying to say.
As we age, time blesses our skin with creases, lines, and wrinkles. These, paired with caked-on foundation does the exact opposite of what we want our foundation to do. That is to provide a smooth, flawless, and beautiful appearance.
There are strategies to get amazing, lasting coverage without piling on tons of makeup. Over the years, through experimenting and learning from the professionals, I’ve have found ways to apply foundation so that it looks natural. If you want to know my top tips for avoiding casket-ready makeup, keep reading.
1. Implement An Effective Skin-Care Routine
Proper skincare will always be my number one suggestion for achieving flawless makeup. You cannot expect your makeup to look beautiful without a solid skincare regimen. The better condition your skin is in, the less work your foundation will have to do. And it doesn’t have to be anything complicated or expensive. A little experimenting may be required, but go for products that work with your skin type.
Two things that you want to pay attention to is making sure your skin exfoliated and properly moisturized–this goes for every skin type. Without exfoliated skin, your skincare products will not be as effective, and without moisture, your makeup will not mesh with your skin.
2. Make Sure Your Makeup is Right
The quality of your makeup has a lot to do with how it performs. If you find that you have to apply layer after layer just to get decent coverage, this might be the problem. Not only can layering give the appearance of “too much makeup,” but it can also feel heavy on the skin. On the other hand, layering makeup should be possible without looking thick. If you prefer a full-coverage look, make sure your foundation provides you the luxury being able to apply more than one layer while still looking luminous.
Lastly, be sure to choose a foundation that’s right for your skin type. For instance, if you have dry skin, don’t pick a formula that’s made for oily skin. It will dry you out even more, and that could lead to a disastrous result.
3. Use Your Fingers
Sometimes I’ll only wear concealer, and I prefer to apply it with my fingers. I’ll do the same with my cream foundation at times as well. The warmth of my hands helps the product melt into my skin, thus providing a natural finish. The one thing about this technique is you must be sure to blend very well as to not end up with patches or streaks all over your face. It does take a bit more time and practice but also looks lovely when done correctly.
4. Be Careful With the Powder
Translucent powders are great for reducing shine and mattifying your face. However, they can also be your worst enemy. If you must apply a powder, do so very lightly. I use powder when I get oily, but I don’t use a lot. I’ll tap it into the compact (mine is a pressed powder) tap off any excess and then apply to my face…lightly. The goal isn’t to make my skin dry, but to reduce shine. When you use too much powder, it settles into lines and wrinkles, which is never a good look.
If you get oily throughout the day, try using oil blotters instead of applying powder.
5. Use a Damp Sponge
If you have something like a Beauty Blender or Blenderful (what I use), add a little water or primer spray on it; dip the sponge in a bit of product, and press into your skin. When the sponge is damp (not wet), it thins out the foundation and provides a dewy, natural finish.
6. Use a Spritz as A Finishing Touch
I love a good setting spray. LimeLife by Alcone has two that work great. They both extend the life of your makeup and prevents settling into fine lines and wrinkles. Time Setter creates a soft, matte finish Oil Strike works nicely for oily skin.
Sometimes I also like to use rose water or Caudalie’s Grape Water (also great for dampening your sponge). If you find that you went a little overboard with setting powder, sometimes a quick spritz or two will help.
Of all the tips and tricks that can provide one with skin-like makeup, these are the techniques I use most often.
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All the best always, and thank you for reading.