The ultimate guide to perfect foundation
- Next1 of 8Balmain Spring 2013; Imaxtree
- Previous Next2 of 8Courtesy of Laura Mercier
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Base Camp1 of 8
By Naomi Jaul
Think you have to ditch your foundation and go totally bare-faced (blemishes, be damned) now that it's summer? Not necessarily. Glo has your goof-proof guide to wearing foundation without looking like it.
Find Your Formula2 of 8
The first step to finding the right foundation is determining which formula is the best for your skin. If you have oily skin, opt for a liquid, oil-free formula, while a cream foundation (like Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Foundation), is great for dry skin—it will smooth and hydrate flaky faces while providing beautiful coverage.
SHOP NOW: Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Foundation, $50
Made in the Shade3 of 8
On clean skin, apply three shades of foundation that look close to your skin tone. "Don't test foundation on your wrist, hand or arm," says makeup artist Bobbi Brown. "The face is so rarely the same color as the rest of your body." Instead, "apply test foundation in vertical stripes from the bottom of the cheek, past the jawline, stopping at the top of the neck," says Becca style director Kerry Cole. Walk to a well-lit window where you can check out the shades in natural light. "Whichever one melds into your skin is right," says Cole.
Oil Slick4 of 8
If your skin tends to be greasy, here's something to keep in mind: "Oily skin can sometimes turn foundation darker," says Brown. "If you have oily skin, wait a minute or two after testing out a shade to see if this happens and adjust accordingly."
Get Your Tech On5 of 8
For a new, high-tech way to choose your hue, head to Sephora: Their new in-store Sephora + Pantone Color IQ System scans the surface of your skin, assigns it a Pantone SkinTone number and matches the precise shade to one of the 1,000 foundations carried by Sephora.
Prime Time6 of 8
"Prepping the skin with the right moisturizers and base will result in a smoother canvas for makeup application," says Bobbi Brown. Swipe on a moisturizer, focusing on the delicate under-eye area—it's prone to dryness, which can exaggerate fine lines once you've got makeup on. After moisturizing, those with especially oily skin, enlarged pores or very uneven skin tone should consider a primer. Pick one made for your particular skin needs and it will ensure that your base goes on smoothly and stays put.
Tool Up7 of 8
Smooth on your foundation with a brush that has tapered ends, and start small—it's easy to build up, but much harder to remove excess product. Start from the center of your face and blend outwards, avoiding too much base on the apples of your cheeks; let that natural glow come through. Wait a full minute for your foundation to settle and dry into your skin, and use the excess on your brush to go back over areas that need extra attention (hello, nose).
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Build a Wardrobe8 of 8
Now you've got the hang of it, consider building a foundation wardrobe with different formulations for different occasions. Think: a tinted moisturizer on the weekend (when you'll want a more casual, less "done" look), and a SPF-free formula (like this stick foundation) for nights when you'll be photographed—SPF can make you look ghostly in flash photos.
SHOP NOW: Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick, $42
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