When it comes to wearing foundation, the trend now is making it look like your skin, but better. The foundation should blend seamlessly while covering any marks, blemishes or other imperfections, but without anyone really knowing that you’re wearing foundation. But we know that’s easier said than done. Which is why we asked Alex T, internationally published fashion and beauty makeup artist and CLEO Beauty Hall of Fame 2019 judge, to break down exactly what you need to do to ensure your foundation looks natural.
Her first tip?
Scroll through the gallery for more tips from the makeup artist.
Prep your skin
“Base products tend to catch onto any dry areas and patches on the skin so good skin prep is essential,” explains Alex. To avoid this, make sure your skin is well moisturised and hydrated—even if you have oily or combination skin. “If your skin is not well hydrated, it may overproduce oils to compensate and you do not want your foundation melting off and sliding around when that happens,” she elaborates.
According to Alex, “If you do have oily skin, use a primer only on the areas that need some extra attention, like your T-zone.” Prepping your skin with moisturiser before your makeup gives your foundation the slip that it needs to glide over your face making everything easier to blend.
We like Tarte Base Tape Hydrating Primer, $39 which won the CLEO Beauty Hall of Fame award for Best Makeup Primer. It keeps skin hydrated and smooth without looking oily so you can blend foundation easily.
Use foundation only where needed
Always start with the areas that need more coverage first. This is usually the centre of your face. “Start there and work outwards with the remaining product but make sure to blend well,” says Alex. Using less product on the areas that do not need it gives the illusion of naturally flawless skin versus when you swipe a thick layer all over the face. Alex recommends using a makeup sponge to blot off any excess foundation.
Build coverage in layers
Alex’s top tip when it comes to achieving flawless coverage? “When it comes to foundation, I would always suggest working up to the level of coverage you desire. Start with one pump first, for the whole face, before adding any more.” According to her we, tend to use more than we actually need and this can sometimes lead to your foundation looking cakey. Working in thin layers also makes it easier to melt the product into the skin.
Use the right tools
When it comes to applying foundation, Alex prefer to use her fingers. She says, “The heat from your hands helps break the product up, which makes it so much easier to work into your skin. Applying your foundation this way is truly a foolproof method to avoid looking like you have a layer of makeup that is just sitting on top of your skin.”