7 Foundation Tips For Beginners That Will Make Your Makeup and Your Skin Look Flawless

Hey beauties, today we are going to be talking about foundation tips for beginners.

I’m going to be giving you all my best foundation tips for beginners and tricks for applying foundation.

Foundation is really important because it’s the base of your makeup look.

If your foundation looks cakey or has a lot of creases or doesn’t match your skin color or tone then it can throw off the rest of your makeup.

Also, foundation that’s applied correctly stays on longer and serves its purpose better.

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Of course, the base for your foundation is your skin so some of the foundation tips for beginners I’m going to mention apply to your skin and keeping it in good condition.

It doesn’t matter how well you apply your makeup if you’re skin isn’t at it’s best so you have to make sure that you’re doing your best to help your skin.

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Foundation tips for beginners

Foundation Tips for Beginners: Tip #1 – Exfoliate your skin

I do not recommend putting makeup on a dirty face.

It just doesn’t look good and to me, it doesn’t feel good either.

Also when you apply makeup to your face before cleansing and/or exfoliating then you run the risk of building up the oil and dirt and causing breakouts to form on your skin.

So make sure you have cleansed and exfoliated your face before you apply your foundation.

You can exfoliate your face using a sugar scrub or a face mask

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Exfoliating will remove all of the dead skin cells and dirt so that your skin can regenerate and create new skin cells.

I like to exfoliate every day but it really depends on your skin type and what works for you.

But remember not to exfoliate your skin too much. You have to remember to give your skin time to rest and regenerate.

If you try applying your makeup products and your skin feels sore or burns then you have probably over exfoliated your skin and you should give it a few days rest before exfoliating again and apply makeup products to it.

Foundation Tips for Beginners: Tip #2 – Moisturize your skin

Once you have cleansed and exfoliated your skin you absolutely must moisturize it.

Moisturizer will give your skin some much-needed hydration after you clean it which will make it easier to apply your makeup.

If you don’t moisturize your skin it can become rough, patchy or even start to peel and putting makeup on over that is not going to be fun.

Also if you aren’t moisturizing your skin before your apply your makeup then there’s a chance you skin will feel extremely dry and tight underneath your makeup which can look and feel uncomfortable.

Make sure you’re using a moisturizer that is good for your skin type. If you have oily skin you don’t want to use a moisturizer that has oil in it because that will just add extra oil to your face that you don’t need.

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Foundation Tips for Beginners: Tip #3 – Use a primer

Using a primer before you apply your foundation is so critical because it preps your skin for the makeup.

Depending on what your skin needs a primer can:

  • Fill pores
  • Smooth out texture
  • Hydrate

Using a primer also gives your makeup something to stick to so it doesn’t slide right off your face the moment you start to sweat.

Be careful not to put on too much primer because that can actually make your foundation look cakey especially if you’re using a pore filling primer.

You want to apply a thin layer of primer, not the whole bottle.

What I like to do is apply a moisturizing primer all over my face because I have dry skin and then I will apply a pore filling primer to my T-zone.

Make sure that you’re using a primer that matches your skins needs. If you have dry skin, try using a hydrating primer or a luminous primer. For oily skin a mattifying primer will probably work best for you.

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Foundation Tips for Beginners: Tip #4 – Find the right shade

All this great work we have done to prep our skin for makeup will go straight out the window if you don’t have the correct foundation shade.

So let’s talk about how you should shade match yourself.

Test the foundation on your chest.

Not your hand.

Not your face.

Not your neck.

On your chest.

I prefer to do it this way because when you put on foundation you are supposed to blend it down from your face to your neck so everything is the same color.

But when you shade match on your face or your neck you might end up getting a foundation that is a different color from your chest so when you blend down it might look like you’re wearing a mask.

Das not good.

So when you match your foundation shade to your neck and you blend downwards everything will be the same color.

Keep in mind you don’t have to match your foundation this way, this is just the method that works best for me and that I have found looks the best.

Some people match their foundation to their neck and only apply it on their face and that works well for them so it’s really is up to you to decide what you want to do.

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Foundation Tips for Beginners: Tip #5 – Apply it correctly

When you are applying foundation it’s important that you do it the right way.

For the application, you can either use a beauty blender or sponge or you can use a brush, I personally prefer a brush.

Regardless of what tool you use to apply your foundation I recommend that you dab the foundation on your skin into of swiping it onto your skin.

When you dab the product on you get a better more airbrush looking finish.

It also cuts down on patchiness, brush strokes and uneven application.

If you use a beauty blender or a sponge I also recommend that you wet it first.

Using your sponges damp will not only make them easier to use but it will apply the product better.

Your skin type will also help to determine how you should apply your foundation.

If you have oily skin you should probably avoid applying your foundation with your fingers because your fingers can produce and add more oil to your skin.

On the other hand if you have dry skin and you use a brush or a sponge to apply your foundation you could be drying out your skin and taking away moisture that your skin needs.

So determine your skin type and apply your foundation in a way that works best for it.

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Foundation Tips for Beginners: Tip #6 – Apply concealer

This isn’t a necessary step but it’s something I always do.

Concealer is your best friend because it can cover up your blemishes but it can also add dimension to your face.

When you apply foundation, it makes your entire face the same color and it can make your face look very flat.

Unless flat is the look you’re going for it would be wise to apply concealer.

Let’s break this down:

You should have a concealer that is the same color as your foundation.

You will use this concealer to cover up any blemishes or imperfections instead of applying 50 layers of foundation

Applying too much foundation will make your face look cakey and that’s not what we want, so use concealer instead when you have a pesky pimple that doesn’t want to stay covered.

You should also have a concealer that is a shade or two lighter than your foundation.

You will use this concealer to lighten up the high points of your face like the middle of your forehead, your cheekbones and the bridge of your nose, and bring some dimension as well as cover up any dark circles.

I like to apply the lighter concealer under my eyes, the bridge of my nose, my cheekbones, my chin and the middle of my forehead.

I use my finger to blend out the concealer by dabbing it and blending it out.

But remember your skin type! Use a brush if you have oily skin instead of your fingers.

This step is optional but you can also have a concealer that is a shade or two darker than your foundation and use that to contour.

This will mimic shadows and allow you to sculpt your face to look the way you want.

I like to apply contour just under my cheekbones, my jawline, the sides of my nose and on my temples.

I blend it out the same way I blend out my highlight.

Concealer is extremely versatile so I recommend that you always have some on hand in different shades so you’re ready for any situation where you might need it.

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Foundation Tips for Beginners: Tip #7 – Set with powder

Once you’ve done all this work to make sure your foundation looks smooth and flawless it’s important that you set it with powder so it stays in place all day.

Now, please be careful with this because if you apply too much powder it can make your skin look cakey and that’s not what we want remember?

You have two options:
Loose powder
Pressed powder

It’s really more about preference because they both do that same thing.

I prefer pressed powder because it’s less messy but you can use whichever you like better.

I recommend applying a light, very light layer of powder over your entire face to set it in place.

Foundation can make or break your makeup look so it’s important that you know how to apply it correctly but it’s also important that you take care of your skin first.

There’s a trend that’s popped up in the beauty community called baking.

This is when you take loose powder and, using a beauty blender, you apply an obscene amount to your face after your have applied your foundation and concealer.

Usually people bake underneath their eyes and on their cheekbones but it’s really personal preference.

Because I have dry skin I do not bake but if you have oily skin it would probably be worth trying out to see if it works for you.

These foundation tips for beginners that I’ve given you are not gospel.

Meaning if there’s something you don’t agree with then disregard it because what works for me might not work for everyone else.

With makeup, most of it is trial and error.

So I encourage you to try everything so you can find out what really works for you and what doesn’t.

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