Are you struggling to achieve the right shade of skin glow? With so many beauty products at our disposal, it is not always easy to find the right path to successful makeup. Remember, abundance does not always equal accomplishment. On the contrary, by often doing too much or combining too many products, we achieve the exact opposite of what we’ve set out to do.
If your skin often ends up looking too dull or too shiny, here are some tips on how to achieve that ideal, balanced glow you are going for.
When it comes to the base, it’s all about choosing the right one for you. If you’ve done that and if you apply it correctly, your foundation can work wonders for you. It will refresh your face and highlight its contours.
1. Apply your daily moisturizing cream before applying any foundation. Allow it to dry, and wipe off any excess cream with a towel
2. Using a sponge or a brush is the best way to apply foundation
3. Once you’re done with the application, pat your face with a tissue
4. Oil-free formulas work best if your skin is prone to break out in spots; moisturizing versions are suited to those with normal or dry skin. There are also ’hypoallergenic’ creams for those with sensitive skin
5. Don’t test a foundation on your wrist or the bend of your arm — the skin composition there is significantly different from the face, thus its tone should not be taken as a benchmark. Ideally, it would be best to try it on your face and wait several minutes. After that time the real shade will form and you will be able to see whether it’s right for your skin tone
6. Apply foundation using circular motions, moving from the center to the periphery
7. Avoid applying large quantities, instead use small, pea-sized amounts – this will result in a more equal application and a more natural look
8. It’s best to apply the base during the daytime. Even if your artificial lighting is good, you should still check how you look in natural light — this way, spotting mistakes or uneven application is far easier.
Concealer is irreplaceable. You never know when you might need to hide traces of tiredness, mask lines under your eyes, and cover spots and blemishes.
9. Always go for a concealer lighter in tone compared to your skin
10. Apply your daily eye cream before putting on concealer; having the skin moisturized will result in a far easier application
11. Make sure to warm up your fingers beforehand
12. Always apply foundation before any concealer
13. Never use foundation instead of concealer
If used correctly, face powder can cover deficiencies in your skin and make it look smoother. It can also absorb excess grease and avoid shining.
14. Apply powder only after the moisturizing cream or the foundation has dried thoroughly
15. The best way to apply powder is by using a sponge, a wide brush, or a powder puff
16. Try to be consistent when applying it: start with the forehead, continue with the side of the nose and the chin, and only then to the cheeks, cheekbones, and the remainder of the face
Blusher is probably one of the most mistakenly applied makeup items. Using it properly, however, can really help to bring out one’s most attractive facial features.
17. Apply blusher in several thin layers; this will result in it lasting much longer
18. There is a set of simple rules: for pale skin, go for light coral, light pink, or a peach shade. For skin that is neither too pale nor too dark, rich pink, warm lilac, or rich peach color will do the trick. For darker skin, go for rich fuchsia, dark brown, or a plum tone
19. The best way to apply it is to simply smile. Move the brush from the part of the cheeks that protrudes the most towards the cheekbones
20. It’s always best to use less blusher than to overdo it. Always check the results under a natural source of light
The correct bronzer not only revitalizes the tone of the skin and makes it look tanned, it also helps to accentuate facial features, such as the nose or the cheekbones.
21. The bronzer should be one or two shades darker than your natural skin color. It should help give the skin a warm tone rather than make it look artificial
22. Bronzer should never be applied to the entire face. Instead, it should only go on the most prominent parts – the ones that are the first to be hit by sunlight
23. Pay attention to the neckline; you don’t want to end up with a tanned-looking face above a pale neck
24. Apply bronzer as though you are drawing the number ’3′ on your face. Apply it to the forehead first, proceed to the cheekbones before moving down to the chin