Foundation, as the name implies, is the very basis of your face makeup. This is the most important step before you move on to your eyes and lips. When you know the common foundation mistakes to avoid, you can elevate your makeup game. So, here are a few things you must never do while applying foundation:
1. Picking the wrong shade
This is an obvious one, but also one of the common foundation mistakes. All too often, we select a foundation shade in artificial lighting and do not put any more thought into it. Foundation is best seen in natural daylight. It is well worth it to use a sample on one side of your face and check it in natural light. Most cosmetic companies now have their foundation range in warm and cooler shades. Determine which category your skin falls into before buying.
2. Overdoing it
Foundation is not meant to be worn in a way that it makes the makeup look cakey. It is best applied in problem spots to cover discoloration and redness, and to give your face an even texture and color. It should be worked in an outward direction. It should be gently worked into the skin, without forming an unpleasant layer on top. So, when in doubt, use less quantity; you can always work your way up if you think you need more.
3. Not preparing skin
It is important to take care of your skin for your makeup to look flawless. Foundation looks better on skin that is well-prepared. Dry, flaky skin makes a poor base for a foundation. So, moisturize and pamper your skin first. Let the moisturizer sit for a while and then use foundation. Using foundation right after having applied moisturizer is not advisable. Also, use a primer before applying foundation. Not preparing your skin first is one of the common foundation mistakes to avoid.
4. Not choosing product according to skin type
As described above, different skin types take to foundation differently. So, choose a foundation formula that suits your skin type. From matte and dewy to sheer and liquid, there are several types of foundation. Pick yours according to the level of moisture your skin requires.
5. Not letting your makeup set
Not checking your makeup after application is another mistake. It is important to let your makeup set for a couple of minutes before you head out. Use a light hand and dust some powder onto the T-zone for added finish.
6. Not maintaining your tools
The right makeup tools matter greatly. Brushes soak in less of the product, but sponges blot out excess. However, regardless of which tool you use, at the end of the day, you need to store and maintain it well. Makeup application tools rub against the skin and pick up a lot of oil and debris. When they are not cleaned, this buildup is repeatedly rubbed against the skin. This causes infections, irritation, and acne. So, clean your makeup tools as well as you clean your skin.