Coverage and consistency needs differ according to skin type, so it’s crucial that you identify your skin type before you buy a foundation.
Oily skin will benefit from a mattifying foundation that offers medium to full coverage. Control shine with a foundation that hydrates where needed, without encouraging oil production.
Quench dry skin with a light coverage, hydrating foundation. Whip away flaky patches with a gentle exfoliator before applying a liquid foundation that’s moisture-rich.
If you’re lucky enough to have normal skin, than the level of coverage you choose is up to you. Why not try a lightweight, sheer foundation or a BB or CC cream – apply a luminous serum underneath for a dewy complexion.
Heavy or powder-based products can settle into fine lines, worsening the appearance of wrinkles. Instead, look for a light coverage foundation that is enriched with antioxidants to target your ageing concerns. Tinted moisturisers are equally good.
3 Tips for flawless application (every time)
1. Always apply foundation to well-moisturised skin, and if your products don’t include SPF, layer on sunscreen under your foundation.
2. Apply foundation in one of three ways: If you apply with your fingers, press foundation into your skin rather than rubbing it in. If you prefer to use a sponge, roll the colour into your skin to blend. Those using a brush should buff foundation on, in small circular strokes.
3. Start applying foundation around your nose area, as this is where most redness occurs. Leave the under-eye area bare (use lightweight products on this delicate skin), and always - always – blend well at your jawline.