Makeup artist Bobbi Brown was on the Today show today to give some tricks and tips on the perfect foundation. Bobbi says it is the simplest thing when you get it right, and the trick is it needs to match your face, your neck, your hands; it just has to be the right tone. My mother has this problem finding foundation, as her neck is a different colour from her face.
Her number one tip for buying foundation is getting the proper colour. You need to get the one that blends into the side of your face. (Don’t use your hand – wow, I am so guilt of this sometimes!). Try to look in natural light, and try a yellow-based foundation. Yellow foundations get rid of redness, and it is tones we already have in our skin. Second tip is choose the right formula. She also loves tinted moisturizers, they are sheer and great for weekends. You need to adjust your foundation for spring, as your skin gets dryer or oilier. You can also adjust the formula by adjusting the moisturizer you wear underneath.
The first model had some dark spots, so Bobbi suggested putting foundation on first, taking a touch up stick (not a concealer, because concealer is lighter than your skin, Bobbi applied this with a brush), go wherever there is a spot, let it sit and use powder on top to lock it in place. Bobbi says if you have dry skin, you can still use a mineral-based powder foundation.
The trick is to use a yellow tone foundation. Apply all over. Use a yellow powder. A translucent powder could cause ashiness. By using a good moisturizer underneath, you can still get a great dewy look, even when using powder. She also used a a cream blush on her cheeks, as well as a bronzing powder all over with a big brush, including a little on the neck.
Never apply foundation on the neck.
Avoid over applying to cover dark spots.
Apply foundation with fingers, sponge or brush. A brush will give you more coverage.
Reduce redness with a tinter moisturizer.
You can also correct redness with bronzer.
Avoid using a product that is too dense.
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