Perfect Skin

One of autumn/winter’s big beauty trends is “polished “ looking skin. It should look like you are not wearing makeup, but actually the skin is carefully groomed and prepped with foundation and set with powder. With this look more time is spent to get the skin just right than time spent on the rest of your makeup.

Getting your foundation right is one of the most basic things in natural looking beauty – regardless of what other makeup you choose to apply, your skin can ‘make it or break it’.

Foundation has come a long way and today there are many different products to choose from. From heavy to very light coverage and are products suitable for any skin type out there. A rule of thumb is – use as little coverage as you can get away with. When it comes to skin less is definitely more…

Step I – Find your perfect color

When buying a foundation it is important that you test your foundation on your jaw line so that you can see the color against the skin tone on both your face and your neck. Go to the store without any makeup on your skin. Bring a small mirror so that you can go outside and check the colors – it is important to check it in daylight. Inside the stores there is artificial lighting, which will interfere with how you see the different colors.

Try at least 3 streaks of different colors before checking. Remove the two shades that look most wrong and keep adding new ones until you find a color that disappears on your skin without blending. Then you have found your perfect color!

Finding your right foundation.

 

In this picture you can see four streaks of foundation.

Color A is too light and looks grey around the edges (when the undertone is wrong the color appears grey against the skin)

Color B is too dark and too orange

Color C is a good match

Color D has the right undertone but again its too light.

Remember that your skin color may change with the seasons, especially during the summer (even if you use sunscreen).

 

 

Step II – Prep your skin

Before you start make sure your skin is clean and moisturized. Let the moisturizer sink in for 5 minutes before starting to apply the foundation. If you want your makeup to last for longer, use a primer before the foundation. For normal daywear – you can skip the primer. For tips on quick fix for your skin – click here.

Step III – Apply the correct way

To apply your foundation you have basically three different options; fingers, sponge or foundation brush.

If you have never used a brush – give it a try!High quality foundation brush

It is easy to apply just the right amount and to blend the foundation seamlessly. Our foundation brush has a pointy edge which lets you apply and blend into all areas of your face.

Begin application from the center of your face (T-zone often needs the most cover) and work outwards in sweeping motions, blend the pigment into the skin until it’s invisible. Start with a thin layer and build up only on areas that need more coverage, such as pimples or uneven skin tone. Do not forget to blend jaw-, ear- and hairlines. This will not be difficult once you have identified your perfect color (step I).

If you have brushstrokes or swirl marks, you’re using too much foundation (use a sponge to absorb the excess). If you still find your foundation is going on too heavy or giving you a cakey appearance, dab a makeup sponge into some water and work it onto your face. This will thin the foundation for a more natural look.

Step IV – Apply Concealer after your foundation

If you apply concealer before foundation, you will have less control over where it goes and you will use more than you need. It is important to use as little products as possible around the outer areas of your eyes. The product tends to pile up in fine lines and make them more visible. Look for a lightweight liquid concealer in a color that is one shade lighter than your base. Do not go too light, it will look unnatural.

Two concealars that I use a lot are Make Up For Ever’s Lift Concealer and YSL’s Touche Éclat

Concentrate the application on dark areas around the inner corner of your eyes and blend outwards. Cover eyelid and blend up to your eyebrow. (This makes a great base for your eye shadows.)

Use a small, pointy brush to cover dark under-eye circles, pimples or other skin flaws that are not quite covered by your foundation.

For skin corrections, it is better to blend together a small amount of concealer with your foundation. This way you will get the coverage of the concealer but at the same time keep the shade of your base color.

There is no need to buy a specific concealer brush. Our lip-brush can also be used to apply concealer. And the blending is best done by dapping lightly with a fingertip.

Step V – Finish with translucent powder

A translucent powder takes down shine in your skin but keeps the skin glowing. Translucent powders will not change the color of your foundation.

Start applying powder around your eyes with a powder puff. However make first sure that any lines of concealer have been blended out before you set it with powder. Your eyelids should feel totally dry after application. Lightly dust the rest of your face with powder and sweep off excess powder with a clean brush, which will set the foundation.

You can use your rouge brush instead of a powder brush to dust on powder, just make sure it is clean from any traces of rouge.

I love TLeClerc Loose Powder – its incredibly fine texture subtly and naturally matte and evens out the complexion.

The color Banane works great for a range of light to medium skin tones.