10 September 2016

Back to School: 7 Step Guide to Flawless Foundation

It's week 2 of my 'Back to School' session and I thought today I could talk about foundation. It was one of those products I stayed well clear of in school because I was terrified of looking like an orange. Regardless, I've still experienced some absolutely terrible makeup malfunctions, so I thought I could walk you through how to get flawless foundation and maybe, avoid those times where it just goes wrong!

Last week, I talked about products you should consider packing in your makeup bag for school, but I totally glossed over foundation. I'm not the biggest fan of foundation anyway, it's so easy for it to go wrong without you realising. Plus, it's pretty bad for your skin too. But for those of you who just can't say no, I've popped together a guide to help you find your way to perfect, flawless skin. The less embarrassing and catastrophic way...

Step 1: Figure out what you need

No good comes from jumping straight in at the deep end and going shopping with no prior research. Ask yourself some questions first, what skin type are you? What sort of coverage do you want? What skin tone are you? Try your best to go into Boots or Superdrug knowing exactly what you need, what you want from your foundation and what your skin requires from you. 

Step 2: Do some research

Don't judge a book by its cover, a '24 hour Hydrating Foundation' doesn't always do what it says. Google 'the best foundations for dry skin' and see what other people are suggesting and if any take your eye and fit your budget! Troll through Youtube and Bloglovin, check out some reviews online from people who have tried and tested these products already. 

Try and find people who have similar skin to you. For instance, Zoella always says her skin is a little dry, so as much as you trust her opinion on a product, if you have oliy skin it's not going to give the same result for you! 

Step 3: Learn from the professionals

I love Hello October and Estee Lalonde, don't you dare forget that. However, when you're trying something new, it's always best to get advice from the professionals. People who have been trained and worked in the field. Pixiwoo are great for this, they're knowledgeable on more than their own skin types and faces shapes so picking their brains will be of better use. 

Step 4: Find your perfect shade

If you can, pop to a makeup counter where an employee can help you out! If you're on a budget doesn't quite stretch as far as MAC or Benefit then not to worry, plenty of high street brands have counters too. No7 even have a device to match your skin tone! 

If this isn't an option take a friend with you that you trust, and if you can swatch the shades on your face/neck as well as your arm! Your skin tone differs on different places of your body, so a shade that looks perfect on your wrist make look too light on your face! 

Step 5: Find your Foundation soul mate

Your foundation needs friends and a support system to help it the be superstar it's made to be. You're heading back to school so the likelihood of being able to top it up throughout the day is unlikely. Pick up a primer that will help your foundation adhere to your skin. The Maybelline 'Master Prime' is great. However there are a bunch of multifunctional ones on the market too, the NYX 'Studio Perfect, Photo-Loving Primer' range for smoothing, brightening, and colour correcting in addition to preparing the skin for your foundation. 

Then there's setting your foundation so it doesn't budge. Grab a good powder, I love the Rimmel London 'Translucent Stay Matte Powder' and the NYX 'Long Lasting Setting Spray' works wonders too! 

Step 6: Get a good application tool

Using your fingers is fine, but I find I get better results when using a brush. There are some really great options on offer, personally, I prefer the Real Techniques brushes over branded ones. They're affordable, don't malt and work beautifullu. I'd recommend starting on something that provides medium coverage like the 'Buffing Brush' as it does a great job of working the product into the skin! Now I prefer a brush over a beauty blender but it's all down to the artist. 

Step 7: Practice!

You know, practice makes perfect. On the weekend, spend a couple hours popping your foundation on in different ways, find out what works for you and work from your mistakes. 

If you have any other tips leave them in the comments below, I'd love to know what you think helps make perfect, flawless foundation.

Love always,

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