What is wrong makeup actually made of?
No make up is perfect7 foundation mistakes you make too
Blotchy, too shiny, the wrong shade. Guilty on all Foundation charges. Because even the best makeup foundation is only as good as you apply it. 7 make-up artist tricks for the perfect complexion.
No offense! But you've probably applied your makeup incorrectly over the years, too. Because a good foundation can do more than just cover it up. With the right technique, it stays the whole day, does not shine like a bacon rind and softly draws large pores, red spots and bumps. So exactly what we all want, make-up that makes the skin appear flawless and still looks natural.
Avoid mask effect: apply foundation in a targeted manner
1 Yes, we always did that too. Once everywhere with the mop over it. In fact, it is not necessary to apply the make-up foundation all over the face. A good foundation primer only covers the problem areas on the face, the remaining areas remain untreated by a professional make-up artist. This creates no mask effect and your make-up looks natural. However, who is already a professional? Because it is also true that if you are not trained, you end up looking more spotty than natural. Therefore, the following rules will help makeup painters for home use even better.
Color choice: how does the foundation match the skin tone?
2 Fake tan or classy paleness with the foundation? Bad idea. At the latest, your neck gives you away and divides your body into two parts that do not belong to each other.
Especially if, as we have just learned, we only prime individual areas such as the forehead, nose and chin, it is all the more important to match the color of the foundation exactly to the skin tone. Incidentally, as is often recommended, it makes absolutely no sense to try the color on your wrist. The skin here is usually much lighter than the face. Even the tip to test the foundation on your cheek just misses out on enlightenment.
The best way to find the right shade for your skin type is to test the make-up under the eyes, around the nose and on the lower half of the cheeks. It is best to only apply the foundation to one half of your face so that you have a direct comparison. And nothing is more deceptive than department store light. A foundation works best in daylight.
Rule of thumb: If in doubt, choose the foundation a shade darker than too light. Colors that are too light make the complexion look pale instead of fresh and warm.
Not to prime is a crime: No foundation without a primer
3 celebrities who strut up and down the red carpet and have to endure badly boring awards still look perfectly made up and radiantly beautiful at the after party despite the heat, sweat and stress. Because we often have to remove our perfect complexion a few hours after applying make-up. The make-up runs away, the foundation no longer covers, but pimples, wrinkles and shiny skin appear.
Make-up that lasts for a long time is not a privilege of the stars, but a question of the right basic work. Your make-up artists never work without a primer! And for the sake of your foundation, you shouldn't do that anymore.
On the brushes, get set, go! Apply foundation properly
4 brush, sponge or with your fingers? How do you properly apply a foundation? That is probably the crucial question. Their answer is often: a matter of taste. But if you want a result that is as natural and even as possible, you should use a brush. You can achieve the most exact result with a foundation brush (never made from real hair) - and you often need a lot less product than with a sponge or your fingers.
However, this also settles the question of the foundation texture. In professional makeup, this is usually liquid and is applied with circular brushstrokes.
Checkmate: set transparent powder to the foundation
5 powder is part of a successful make-up. It fixes the foundation for many hours and soaks up the shine on problem areas such as the forehead, nose and chin. However, some skill and know-how are required in dealing with the cosmetic dust. The basic rule here is: less is more. Powder is best applied in a transparent, loose form and as sparingly as possible. Only dust the areas that tend to shine. The rest of the complexion can look pale due to unnecessary matting.
So that the magic dust does not fly around unnecessarily, do not use a fluffy powder brush - contrary to what is often recommended - but rather work with thick, flat brushes. These are completely sufficient to apply the powder precisely and still enough. A little tip: For oily skin that needs to be powdered, powder paper is a practical solution for on the go.
The concealer question: under and over
6 Okay, that's a tricky question, which the professionals always get wrong. You will clearly say the hackneyed foundation The Foundation. But what's the point if you just wipe it away again? If you are using concealer to correct certain areas that the foundation does not grasp, then it should be applied on top of the foundation.
(The same effect also happens if powder is applied over the foundation with too coarse brushstrokes. Always tap the powder gently and deliberately.)
7 Otherwise, there is only one rule that applies to the handling of make-up and foundation: Just as important as applying it is to remove the foundation again. Take off your make-up regularly and thoroughly so that no makeup residue remains on the skin and unnecessarily clogs the pores.
You can read here which is the best product and the best regimen for your skin type: How to clean facial skin properly.
Creamy or compact: which foundation is right for me?
The different textures are less a question of taste than of the desired result. A compact foundation has the largest Opacity, followed by foundation sticks and liquid foundations. When it comes to one flawless complexion liquid foundations do the best job.
The most natural complexion can be achieved with tinted day creams, BB or CC creams that contain fewer color pigments than their opaque counterparts. However, the make-up can then be a bit too natural for one or the other problem skin.
And of course your own skin color is also an important factor when choosing a texture: Women with light, freckled complexions choose products that do not develop too much coverage, otherwise the skin will quickly look like a mask. A foundation with a light beige effect helps with a red cast; Products with green color pigments also visually neutralize redness. Women with a Mediterranean complexion can be satisfied with a tinted day cream that only covers small bumps.
Be careful with powdery and mineral foundations: They certainly have their advantages, especially for blemished skin, but their dry texture is only too happy to collect in expression lines and often emphasize them unnecessarily.
Photo: Collage from Femelle.ch
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