So many foundations today say that they are buildable foundations. Some claim they can vary in coverage from natural light to full on blemish concealing coverage that I personally am partial to. The problem with buildable foundations is that many companies don’t specify how to achieve such drastically different results. So if you want the great gift of being able to diversify the coverage of your favorite new foundation keep on reading…
First and my opinion the most important step is prepping the skin correctly.
Make sure it is clean, dry and taken care of per your personal skin type. After the skin has been properly taken care of next make sure your primer matches not only your skin type but pairs well with your foundation meaning if you pick a hydrating primer but you don’t have the time to let the hydration set in and you layer it with a super matte foundation it MAY (not always) suck the hydration out of the primer keeping your skin from reaping the benefits. It is a bit of trial and error sometimes but when you lock it down with a great combo it can really take a foundation that may start out as lack luster to your “holy grail”. *Don’t give up on a foundation after one trial it may take a bit for find that “holy grail” combo.
Second find your favorite way to apply said foundation.
I.E. beauty sponge, brush, fingers etc. Whatever works for you that gives you the finish you want which again may change with different foundations too can also take some trials.
Third start with thin layers.
The best way to get the most out of your foundation is to apply it in thin layers making sure to let the foundation dry/set in between before the next layer. This is crucial because layering your foundation up this way allows you to customize your coverage per your facial needs meaning if you need more coverage under your eyes due to blemishes but not as much on your forehead then you can leave the forehead after you are satisfied with it and build more in the areas where you need it whist avoiding the dreaded “cake face”.
The other perk of applying foundation in thin layers and allowing it to dry is many times especially with dewy foundations if you don’t wait long enough when you apply the next layer it can actually take away the coverage of the first layer. If any of you do acrylic painting the same idea applies if you create layered paintings if you build up the paint and don’t wait long enough the first layer wipes away and your canvas starts to show again.
Fourth, lock in your foundation.
One way to lock in your foundation after you apply it is to set it with translucent powder or another loose foundation (depending on your preference and that dreaded combo “holy grail” situation again) which you may not have to worry about if your foundation dries quickly or is more on the matte side. Dewy for sure for the most part needs that lock in effect and just like layering you may need to lock in some places on your face and not others. If you get oily in certain areas that may be a great place to powder and lock in the foundation.
With all that work we’ve just done it is always good to set your foundation with a good setting spray. Again these come in all shapes and sizes so you can achieve the look you want/need. Setting spray not only locks in your look for long wear but also melts your makeup together to give that seamless healthy look. If you like to wear fuller coverage foundations it is also a good idea to have a small setting spray with you to refresh your face when you need it to bring it back to life again during the long day.
Let’s say we purchase a foundation and it’s too thick or we get too much coverage when we don’t need it. There are two things we can do (and probably many more) besides rethinking the above combos to achieve our desired look. First and my favorite is to add in a bit of moisturizer. Easiest to do this on a palette but whatever works for you is great. Start adding it little by little until you learn the best consistency for your needs. If moisturizer isn’t working for your or maybe it is too much try a facial oil. Yes even oily skin can use a facial oil sometimes. Just a drop at a time until you find that “sweet spot” can really make your foundation work for you.
Remember not all foundations work for everyone even if these steps are taken, but because our skin is so different between person to person we have to remember that sometimes it’s not that the foundation just isn’t for us, it’s that we need to figure out how to make it work for us. Easier said than done we understand. Once we find the basic fundamental products that work for our skin we can really focus on the fun creativity part of makeup.