17 June 2013

5 of the most common foundation mistakes

Applying foundation is so easy to get wrong and even harder to rectify - I've had so many foundation disasters in the past that I feel I'm able to pass on my knowledge! Here are five of the most common mistakes I've made or seen others make...

This is probably the most common mistake people make. I can't tell you the amount of times I've walked out of a beauty counter or drugstore with the wrong shade of foundation, from when I was in school, and the darkest shade in the Rimmel collection was 'Porcelain', to last year when the lady at the YSL beauty counter picked out a fetching shade of Oompa Loompa and insisted it was the 'perfect shade for me'. Picking the right shade is so crucial and unfortunately you can't always rely on the sales assistants to help you. Forget testing it on your wrists or jawline, step out into natural daylight to see how it really looks on you without artificial lighting. 

You don't need a lot of foundation on your face! One layer is more than enough, any more and those marks and spots actually become accentuated and it starts to form a mask over your natural skin. I know when I've put on too much foundation because my face starts to feel sticky (ick). If it happens to you gently press a damp sponge over the areas that have too much makeup on them and it should take off the excess. 

A smooth canvas is so important when applying foundation. If you have dry skin and fail to moisturise your skin will look lifeless and dull, and you'll notice dry patches appearing throughout the day. On the flip side, if you have really greasy skin you should apply a mattifier or primer first so that your foundation has something to grip on to and won't start slipping off come lunchtime. 

Different brushes and tools and create different types of finishes to your foundation. A stippling brush is great for getting a very natural, smooth finish and a buffing brush is good for creating an air-brushed finish. Flat brushes are trickier to use and, unless you're a very skilled make-up artist, it can be hard to blend foundation  in with it. I'd also avoid sponges because they absorb most of the product before it even touches your face (waste not, want not). 

A lot of people make the mistake of just applying foundation to problem areas and spots. This can make your face look patchy and uneven (the complete opposite of what we're going for, basically!). What I prefer to do is apply a thin layer over my face first so that it evens out my skintone, and then apply a little over any blemishes and spots after.Or you could just use a separate concealer...

Has anyone else had any disasters when applying foundation!?


  1. I've had tons of problems over the years too! great tips, especially picking the wrong shade! nothing is more cringe-worthy than that in my opinion. Id probably have to say that one of my greatest disasters when applying foundation has definitely been not using a primer! I Cant stand applying my foundation without a smooth canvas >.<!

    Thanks for sharing this post with us. P.S - love the picture you've used here!


    Ploy <3 x

  2. I have had LOADS of disasters in the past. Makeup can be so tricky especially if you don't search for help and just dive into it without knowing anything about it. I know exactly what you mean about sale assistants. I walked into a Sephora the other day and a SA came to ask me if I needed help while I was looking for foundation. I looked up at her and her makeup looked terrible. Some might have experience, but they don't really know anything more than anyone else about makeup.
    I found this website though http://www.beauty.ps/tool/foundation that helps you find the right foundation for your skin type, the coverage you're looking for and the finish you want, and the right shade according to foundations you've previously used. It has really helped me out!
    Hope you like it :).

    Xx Lucy

  3. Thank you! I'm glad to see I'm not alone with this... It really is the trickiest part of applying makeup!


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