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When it comes to your makeup routine, we bet foundation plays a starring role. Foundation is super-useful, after all, because it can help create a flawless-looking base for the rest of your look. And when your complexion looks even with nary an imperfection in sight, you just feel more confident, don’t you? That being said, applying foundation can be a process—and sometimes, it doesn’t go onto your skin the way you thought it would. Want to take your foundation application to the next level? Try these six hacks that’ll help make putting on your face go a whole lot smoother.
Before applying your makeup in the morning, go through your skin care routine from cleansing to using a moisturizer formulated with broad-spectrum SPF. Then, before you reach for your foundation, apply a primer, which can help create an even, smooth canvas for the rest of your makeup. Think of primer as your foundation’s base! The L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Magic Perfect Base, which has a matte finish, can help smooth lines and hide pores. After moisturizing, apply the primer dot by dot and blend it in a gentle circular motion over your entire face or to targeted areas (i.e. your nose and cheeks to minimize the appearance of pores, your T-zone to help reduce the look of shininess, and/or under your eyes to smooth over fine lines).
You wouldn’t slather on a moisturizer for dry skin if you had oily skin, now would you? The same should hold true for your foundation as well. When it comes to picking the right one, keep your skin type in mind. If you have dry skin that tends to look dull, you may want to opt for a radiant-finish foundation, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation. And if your skin tends to be on the oilier side, a matte-finish (a.k.a. non-shiny) foundation, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, could be a good option for you.
You know those red-carpet pictures you see where the light from the cameras causes foundation streaks to be seen? This issue could happen to you, too (albeit, minus the red-carpet appearance and barrage of flashing cameras). Your foundation could look like absolute perfection under the bright lights of your bathroom—but ask yourself this: Will it look just as great in natural light? Remember: You’re not going to have bright lights around you all the time, so it’s important to check what your makeup will look like in the correct lighting. So, after you’ve finished applying your foundation, take a minute to step outside and see if it passes the test. If it does, you’re good to go!
Yes, you can apply foundation to your face with your fingers—but using a makeup sponge could give you a smoother look. Squeeze a dollop of your foundation onto the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender and use quick dabbing and rolling motions to blend the foundation onto your skin.
When it comes to foundation, less is more. And in order to create a smooth base for the rest of your look, you don’t need to slather on a thick layer of it. Just apply a small amount to start with—and if you feel like you need more coverage, you can always build.
Does it always seem like your foundation starts wearing off by midday? Once you’re done applying all of your makeup, help set it by dusting on a translucent powder or spritzing on a makeup setting spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray and Makeup Extender Setting Spray. To use, shake well, hold the can eight to 10 inches away from your face, and spray four to six times in an X and T motion.