You’re not prepping your skin
Popping the foundation on without prepping your skin? That’s a major no-no if you want it to look smooth. Make sure you have a weekly scrub to keep dead cells at bay, and always apply a light moisturizer so that your base can glide on smoothly.
You’re not using a primer
If your base is bumpy there is no way the finished result will be smooth. With that in mind, you need to ensure that your skin is as smooth as possible before foundation application. A primer basically fills in the bumps, pores and fine lines so that your skin is as even as possible. It also allows the foundation to go on more easily.
You’re not matching yourself correctly
Always test for your shade on the side of your face, between the nose and the side of the cheek, since the face is rarely the same color as the rest of your body. Test three samples that range from lighter to darker and the correct one will disappear into your skin.
You’re not using the right formula for your skin type
If you have dry skin, a more radiant finish will keep you hydrated all day long, whereas a semi-matte finish is ideal for combination skin. And if you’re oily, matte products will ensure shine-free wear.
You’re relying on one colour to be your perfect match
You may have found a formula that suits you but struggle to find the perfect shade. Deciding on a shade closest to your skin colour is not necessarily the best idea. Come to terms with the fact that you may not find the perfect colour and mixing two colours is actually a better option.
Foundation’s sole purpose is to even out your skin tone. It is not intended to conceal major imperfections or change the colour of your skin. If you’re applying a foundation too light or too dark for your skin colour, chances are you’ll either end up looking grey and ashy or orange.
You’re using too much foundation
We admit, there’s a certain security that comes with full coverage base, knowing all those flaws and pores are safely under wraps. But layering the foundation on can lead to that cakey look. Using a lighter base and hand will leave skin looking fresh, and if you have something you want to hide, a dab of concealer will do.
You’re using foundation to cover texture
Expecting your foundation to mask all your imperfections is a little too much. Foundation can only even out your skin tone, it won’t hide texture or active pimples.
You’re not blending it enough
People confuse blending with application, you may apply your foundation well but you still need to blend it in with either a makeup sponge or foundation brush. Focus on hard-to-get areas when blending, your nostrils, under your lip, near your eye brows etc.
You’re forgetting your neck and jawline
Your head sits on your neck, and when people look at you full on they see your face and neck as an extension of one another. So blend your foundation into your jawline well, and if you still feel there is a big difference in colour, dust some bronzer to soften things up.
You’re using a tinted powder to set your foundation
Gone are the days of setting your foundation with a tinted powder. It’s no secret that this process tends to look heavy and cakey. Opt for a translucent powder instead, they set the makeup, keep you matte while providing undetectable finish to the skin.
You’re not setting your makeup
Even when you use a translucent powder, chances are that the foundation may look heavy. Make sure to use a setting spray to melt the foundation right into your skin providing a skin-like finish. Setting sprays take away the powdery-ness and increase the longevity of your makeup.