Everyone and their mother will tell you a different way to match foundation. While of course, there’s more than one way to do most things, some tips you might here are outlandish for achieving a noteworthy look. While certain things will work for certain people, they definitely don’t work for everyone. Everyone has different skin, and everyone has different needs, and everyone uses different techniques, but there’s still a lot of information floating around in cyberspace that’s just plain no-good. Let’s take a look at some tips that are just plain bad right off the bat.
MYTH: Match to the OPPOSITE of your undertone.
You may have heard that if you’re warm, you should use a cool-toned foundation (or vise versa) to even out the difference and make you appear neutral. Well, while foundation will mix and blend, your skin won’t. If you’re pink, and you apply a layer of yellow foundation over your face, it’s just going to make your face yellow.
All matching to the opposite of your undertones is going to do is make your face look weird in contrast against your neck. You’ll have a different colored line against a different colored neck, and it will make your face look as though it were transplanted on, sunburned, or jaundiced.
If you’re cool toned, stick to cool toned foundations. If you’re warm toned, stick to warm toned foundations. If you’re neutral, you can try to stick to neutrals, but not many companies provide a decent range for those of us who are a good balance of both colors. If you use a shade that only leans a tiny bit in one direction, you should be able to pull it off safely.
MYTH: Match to your face.
It seems like it would be common sense to match foundation to your face. The problem with that is that skin is a gradient of colors, and matching to your face abruptly stops that gradient with one flat color. Matching your foundation color to your chest is the best idea. It will give you the appearance of one solid color from the top of your forehead down your cleavage.
You may not believe that the variations in your skin tone are enough to write home about. Apply your apply your foundation, and touch your cheek to your shoulder. Look in the mirror. If they aren’t identical colors, everyone will notice when you’re wearing a tank, sleeveless, or strapless top.
It’s also easier to match foundation in this way. In store, you can’t exactly hold the bottle to your face. At least not without a mirror. Just hold the bottle to your chest and look down. It’ll give you a great match every time.
MYTH: Foundation MUST be set with powder.
While powder certainly does help to set your foundation, it is not an
absolutely necessary step. If you absolutely need powder to set your foundation, you’re probably using a very oily foundation – which is no good for you anyway.If your concern is that your foundation needs to be long wearing, invest in a long wearing foundation. Sometimes, powder can eliminate the natural glow of the skin, and that glow can be a highly sought-after look.
Admittedly, there are two exceptions to this rule: If you love a matte finish, powder will give that to you. If you don’t want a glowy or satiny finish, pack on the powder. Another exception would be for those with very oily skin. If you have a difficult time with oil control, investigate a mattifying powder. Most other powders won’t be strong enough to get the job done right.
MYTH: Brushes are better than sponges.
This isn’t true at all. While there are many foundation brushes that will offer a beautiful finish, a damp foundation brush sponge will give you a luminous, airbrushed affect. Just make sure to wash the sponge OR the
brush between uses to prevent the spread of bacteria. Brush cleaner will also help out in a pinch.
This myth may have sprung out of people using sponges to apply foundation and finding that they were breaking out. Once you use a sponge that comes in a compact, and then set it back on top of that product, you’ve introduced bacteria into the product. Throw the whole compact away. It’ll continue to give you problems. Ultimately, the problem is because the product is being contaminated, and not because of the sponge. Remember: no double dipping.
If you have wedge sponges from a large pack, don’t wash those. They’re intended as single use products, so use them once and toss them. Only professional foundation sponges are intended to be washed and reused over a period of several months.
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