Make-Up 101: Flawless skin

By admin
18 June 2013

With so many products available choosing the right foundation can be daunting. Here’s a crash course.

With so many products available choosing the right foundation can be daunting. Here’s a crash course

Compact powder foundation

Use on its own or for light cover and to even out skin tone. Use over liquid foundation to create a matte finish. Ideal for oily or combination skin. Tap off excess powder from your brush before application to avoid streaking.

Liquid foundation

Choose foundation by testing it on your jawline, not your hand or arm. Your foundation should match your face and neck colour. Blend foundation from the centre of the face outwards, into the neck, using a sponge or foundation brush. For scarred or marked skin, choose a foundation with more intensive which also works to lighten dark spots. For older and dry skin, try a hydrating foundation.

Setting Powder

Apply over foundation to help make-up set and prevent foundation from gathering in fine lines. Ideal for the under-eye area, for touchups, to mattify the T-zone and for older skin. Apply with a large powder brush or cosmetic puff.

Tinted moisturiser

Evens out skin tone with minimum coverage. Ideal for those with clear skin who want an even finish.

Concealer

Use to correct darker marks or blemishes – it provides more cover than foundation. Pink concealer hides dark circles, green neutralises redness and a skin-colour one covers imperfections. Choose a concealer one shade lighter than your skin.

Cosmetic Puffs

Use to apply pressed or loose powder. Lightly stroke or pat over the face, moving from the centre outwards.

Moisturiser

Prep dry skin with a moisturiser before applying foundation. You can also spritz it on over make-up to help fix the look or to freshen up during the day.

Setting Powder

Apply over foundation to help make-up set and prevent foundation from gathering in fine lines. Ideal for the under-eye area, for touchups, to mattify the T-zone and for older skin. Apply with a large powder brush or cosmetic puff.

Primer

For older skin. Apply a small amount on clean skin before make-up. It will smooth out fine lines and pores for a more even skin.

Brushes

Powder brushes are large with a round tip and soft bristles. Foundation brushes are firm and flat with a slightly rounded tip. Concealer brushes are small and flat with a rounded tip.

Mineral make-up

It’s mostly free of oil, talc, fragrances, synthetic dyes and preservatives that may cause skin irritation. It’s a good choice for sensitive and acne-prone skin. Apply using a large, soft powder brush.

Sponges

Use to apply powder, foundation or concealer. Blends make-up easily for a professional

finish. Rinse sponges after every use.

Mousse foundation

Mousse foundations are used to create a lighter, matte finish and are a good choice for oily skin.

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