How to apply foundation flawlessly

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Follow these top tips to getting complexion perfection from Ryno Mulder, make-up artist and brand manager of Bodyography cosmetics.

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Prep your skin

I don’t believe in layering all kinds of lotions and potions as these products can sometimes not sit well under make-up. This can cause the foundation to slip. Stick to one moisturiser or use a primer that caters to your skin type. If you have an oily T-zone use an oil-control or pore -refining primer.If your skin looks red use a green primer, if you suffer from pigmentation apply a peach primer and if your skin is dry or mature use a cushioning formula. The purpose of a primer is to prolong the wear of your foundation.

Use beauty blender

Next, use a damp original beauty blender to bounce the foundation onto your skin. I love brushes and I’ve tried latex sponges but nothing gives you instant airbrushed results like a beauty blender. Kim Kardashian and every A-lister can’t be wrong! Simply dip the product in your foundation and bounce it on your skin. Work from the centre of your face outwards and downwards. I start with the forhead and nose, then cheeks and end on the chin. Always fade the product out from the jawline onto your neck.

Apply more foundation

Blend gently outwards to other areas where your skin is even and smooth. Finally set your foundation with a light dusting of translucent face powder only on your forehead nose and chin. For this I use a tapered powder brush. It has a tapered tip, which gives exact and perfect placement of powder and doubles up as the perfect blush, bronzer and highlighter applicator. I don’t use large, fluffy powder brushes as they are messy and hard to control. The only time I ever apply powder on the full face is for clients who like a very matte, full coverage look or for clients with extremely oily skin.

Set with a spray

Finally mist a setting spray over your face. Three spritzes are enough from a 30cm distance. This will lock in your make-up and is your insurance policy to get a full day and night’s worth of wear.

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