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Smooth Foundation Application Tips

Reasons Why Your Foundation Looks Weird! | Smooth Foundation Tips

Why does my foundation look patchy?? A question I’m sure we’ve all asked ourselves at least once. Unfortunately, there are multiple reasons why your foundation won’t lay down smooth.. fortunately for you, I have the many reasons why & how to solve them…

Rule #1: Always be gentle with your skin

Rule #2: Only apply as much product as you need (don’t overdo skincare and makeup!)

Rule #3: Use all your cream products before using any powder products

Skincare Tips:

Exfoliate your skin 2-3x a week; this will remove dead skin cells & unclog pores, making the top layer of your skin smoother, helping your makeup lay down smoother! Have sensitive skin? Exfoliate the night before so your skin does not become irritated & red – we don’t want to have to apply more makeup to cover this up!

Apply an oil before bed, this will help to soften & smooth out that top layer of skin too. Be sure to cleanse your face before applying makeup; the less amount of product on your face the better. Sensitive skin friends; use a gentle gel cleanser.

Makeup Tips:

Use either a primer or a moisturizer, don’t use both – these are typically thicker products that will create too rich of a layer underneath your makeup. Prefer a primer? Make sure it is the right formula for your skin; oily skin = matte primer / dry skin = hydrating primer. Also, be sure not to apply too much skincare underneath your primer. I suggest trying no skincare or just a serum underneath. Prefer a moisturizer? Use this as your primer! Primer doesn’t need to be a product you buy at Sephora that specifically says ‘primer’. Your moisturizer will help plump your skin and give it the tackiness it needs to adhere and grip onto your makeup all day. Pick a moisturizer that is thin & unscented. Pat your primer or moisturizer into your skin; rubbing it aggressively will cause your skin to be agitated & can cause texture to surface, making your foundation textured too. Give your prime or moisturizer some time to sink into your skin, this will leave less product sitting on top of your skin.

Use a liquid foundation with medium to full-coverage. The thinner the formula, the better it will lay down on your skin. The more coverage a foundation has, the less likely you are to apply too much in order to achieve your desired coverage. Be sure to use a foundation that is right for your skin, again, oily = matte / dry = hydrating. Only apply foundation where you need it, don’t apply it where you are going to apply concealer too. Remember: the less layers of makeup, the better!

Apply foundation with a damp beauty sponge. Make sure the sponge is not wet. If wet, the water will separate your foundation, making it patchy. Make sure your sponge of choice is soft. A stiff sponge will not apply the foundation evenly and thinly to the skin. Bounce the foundation into your skin, never swipe! Is your foundation not applying well over dry patches or acne scars? Mix a little oil into your foundation and apply that mixture only overtop of those areas.

Use a thin concealer / avoid cream concealer. Only apply concealer where you need it and do not do the whole triangle-underneath-your-eye thing. That is far too much product! Don’t bring your undereye concealer down too far either, our cheeks/center of our face is usually the first place our foundation separates so the less product there, the better! Spot conceal blemishes with a concealer that matches your foundation, this way you are not applying more product where you don’t need it.

Apply setting spray before going in with any powder. If you apply foundation and concealer and everything looks great, a nice mist will help ensure that your face stays that way through the powdering process. Just make sure your setting spray has dried before powdering!! If your base looks weird at this point, then your skincare routine is lacking or you are picking a primer and/or foundation that does not agree with your skin type.

Only apply translucent powder where you need it. The thinner the layer of powder, the better IMO. Tap that into the skin using a fluffy brush. Once you’ve powdered the areas that need powdering, take whatever is left on your brush and pat that into the areas you plan to apply bronzer and blush. Sometimes our foundation is damp/tacky in some places, this will cause your pigmented powder products to stick more in those areas – leaving your foundation patchy or muddy looking.

Pat/stamp bronzer, blush, highlighter, etc. into the skin. You can blend out face powders by patting them into the skin. Swiping may move your foundation underneath and/or can cause irritation or texture on your skin.

Does highlighter ruin your base? Highlighter brings out texture. Only apply highlighter to the tops of your cheeks and apply it by patting it into the skin with a fluffy brush. This will pack the highlighter in-between your texture, so nothing looks raised.

Set everything with a makeup setting spray! This will help the powders melt into the skin, making your overall base look more natural and skin-like.

There you have it! I hope this was helpful & would love to know if it was. Please comment down below letting me know what you took away from this makeup article & please come back in order to let me know what did the trick for you.

xoxo, Fortune

JULY 2018 Favorites

Hey Finders! I’m walking you through my 7 favorite products during the month of July. It’s a lot of skin/lip care but these goodies have seriously made a BIG difference in my overall skin hydration – be sure to peak my before & after photo! These products have become my every day staples & I can’t rave about them enough!

Questions? Ask me in the comments below!

 

  1. NARS Luminous Moisture Cream $64 / normal to dry and dry skin types

Very light citrus smell. Keeps skin Hydrated

Hydrates & Strengthens – 24 hour hydration. Fine lines diminished as Bio-Hyaluronic Acid plumps skin to hydrate, soften and comfort. Omega 3 Ceramides help strengthen skin’s barrier function and prevent moisture loss.

Wild Thyme Extract delivers powerful antioxidant protection.

Plankton Extract helps boost cell energy. Beech Bud Extracts helps boost collagen production and Sephora Root Extract helps protect vital elastin to keep skin firm!

  1. Kiehl’s Youth Dose Eye Treatment $39

Received this complimentary via Influenster & Kiehl’s.

Thought it would be like every other eye cream (I’ve tried a lot!) but it actually works wonders in the matter of days! INSERT before & after photo.

Key Ingredients:

Pro-Retinol, helps reduce appearance of lines while improving firmness and elasticity.
Vitamin Cg, vitamin c derivative w/ antioxidant benefits, helps boost radiance and smooth skin texture

Grape Seed Extract, rich with antioxidants. Helps brighten skin and reduce appearance of dark circles.

  1. Wet N Wild Cushion Foundation in “Creamy Ivory” $7.89

Great for travel! Comes with a sponge to use on the go. Has an SPF of 15

  1. Grown Alchemist Watermelon & Vanilla Lip Balm $23

Watermelon Extract purified, rich in Vitamins and Carotenoids, noticeably provide superior hydration improving the appearance of dry and chapped lips. Antioxidant Triglycerides from Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil nourish, visibly improving lip texture and noticeably protecting the lips. Sweet Almond and Rosehip, rich in Phytosterols, Essential Fatty Acids and Vitamins, leave lips supple and looking soothed and smooth

  1. Rodan + Fields Redefine Lip Renewing Serum $56

Leave my lips so smooth & wrinkle free! It’s really helped transform my lips from crackly & chapped to smooth & beautiful! I recommend using half a capsule each night before going to bed.

  1. Rodan + Fields Enhancements Lash Boost $150

I’ve seen a difference in as little as 3 weeks! My lashes are whisper & longer (even my lowers lashes). I apply this at night before going to bed. Stay tuned for my review video! Coming soon!

  1. L’Occitane Roses Hand Cream $12

Enriched with Shea butter and vitamin E, this light cream helps nourish, soften and protect the hands while helping to strengthen the nails.

BASIC MAKEUP KIT: FLAWLESS SKIN – SEPHORA/ULTA

Hey Finders! Need some new makeup or starting from scratch? I’ve put together a list of my holy grail Sephora/Ulta purchases that I know would make a great addition to anyone’s vanity. I’ll be focusing on the “base” of the face today; primer, foundation, concealer, setting powder, bronzer, blush, highlight, setting spray – the flawless skin essentials!

Have a product you want me to test for my upcoming drugstore makeup kit? Leave it in the comment section below!

Products Mentioned:

Saturday Skin Waterfall Glacier Water Cream $39

NARS Radiance Primer $36

NARS Radiant Longwear Foundation “Vienna” $49

Mikasa F300 Foundation Brush $16

Halo Beauty Hair, Skin & Nails Supplement $39.95

EcoTools Beauty Sponge $4.99

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer “Light-Neutral” $27

Laura Mercier Translucent Powder $38

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette $62

Hourglass Powder Brush $38

Morphe E3 Powder Brush $17

NARS Laguna Bronzer $40

Japonesque Brush $23

Anastasia BH Highlight $28

Laura Mercier Fan Brush $32

Elf Blending Brush $1

NARS Orgasm Blush $39

Urban Decay Setting Spray $39

 

Eye/Lip Products:

Revlon ColorStay Creme Eye Shadow #710 $3.79

Pacifica Crystal Matrix Mineral Eyeshadow Palette $ 18

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz $21

Tweezerman ProMaster Lash Curler $22

L’Oréal Telescopic Mascara $9.99

Kylie “Mary Jo K” Lip Liner $12

Make Up Forever Artist Rouge Matte Lipstick “Red Orange” $22