The key to beautiful makeup is your foundation. Having a smooth, flawless base will instantly make you look fresh, radiant and give your skin that perfect glow.

If you have young skin, remember less is more. Young skin is beautiful and doesn’t need lots of foundation. If you feel you need a foundation, make sure you get a good colour match and apply sparingly.

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Application techniques

There are many ways to apply your foundation, depending on the type you are using. I highly recommend using a brush, as you and can build up colour easily and get a beautiful even finish. If you use liquid foundation, you can always use your fingers to apply, which gives a soft natural finish.

Brush application

Real techniques expert face brush and powder brush

Using a brush to apply your foundation will give you that flawless, photo ready finish. The ‘Expert Face Brush’ from Real Techniques is a highly recommended tool, as it makes foundation application really easy and gives a professional finish.

Apply the liquid foundation to the back of your hand (two pumps will be more than enough) and use this as your palette. Dab the product gently and start applying to the centre of your face working outwards. Use a circular motion to buff the foundation into your skin, concentrating on the areas that need the most coverage.

To avoid shine, and to set your makeup, you will need to powder your foundation. The Real Techniques ‘Powder Brush’ is great for dusting over your face. If you want to keep a dewy glowing finish to your skin, use a small powder brush and concentrate on the areas where your skin gets oily (nose, forehead and chin).

The video below from Pixiwoo shows you how to create a flawless skin look.

Foundation FAQ’s

When should I apply my foundation?

Generally, foundation should be the first product you use to start your makeup look. If you are using eye shadows that have a lot of fall down (eye shadow dust on your cheeks) then you will need to apply your foundation after completing your eyes. Another way of avoiding eye shadow fall down on your foundation is to use shadow shields. These are sticky bits of paper that catch the eye shadow without ruining your foundation.

How do I know what colour foundation to use?

It’s really important that you use the correct colour foundation, as you want it to blend into the rest of your skin and look natural. Testing foundation on the back of your hand is not a good way to find a colour match, as your hands will generally be darker than your face. The best place to test a colour is on your jaw line. If it disappears into your skin, it’s a perfect match for you.

Why doesn’t my foundation last all day?

If you have oily skin, your foundation can start to move throughout the day. To get the most wear out of your foundation, apply a primer after moisturising, and before you apply your foundation. The primer will act as a bond between your skin and the foundation and will make it long lasting. Applying a powder after liquid foundation will set your makeup and help the foundation last longer.

Best Budget Foundation Buys

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Liquid – Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation

The Rimmel ‘Wake Me Up’ foundation is a favourite amongst beauty bloggers, as it’s a great value product which gives a beautiful finish. It has been compared to many high end foundations as it has a smooth texture and a moisturising finish. Apply this using the Real techniques ‘Expert Face Brush’ for a perfect dewy finish. Great for dry skin.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation £8.99

rimmel wake me up foundation and real techniques expert face brush

Powder/Foundation – Mac Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

Mac ‘Studio Fix’ is a cross between a powder and a liquid foundation. I have used this product for over 10 years and cannot fault it. For everyday wear, a quick dust over your face using a powder brush like the Real Techniques ‘Powder Brush’ will give you a light matte finish. You can also apply the Mac ‘Studio Fix’ powder over liquid foundation to give a super flawless camera ready finish. I included this in budget buys, as one of these compacts lasts for months. Great for oily skin.

Mac Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation £21.50

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Pressed Powder – Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder

Rimmel ‘Stay Matte’ pressed powder is another favourite amongst the beauty blogger community. It helps reduce the appearance of pores and leaves you shine free for hours. This can be used alone for a light matte coverage, or over a liquid foundation to set your look. At under £4.00 this product is a must have! Great for oily skin.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder £3.99


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