Find your perfect foundation
Sick of applying seemingly perfect foundation only to step outside and realise it’s not as flawless as you first thought?
Whether you’re using the wrong shade for your complexion, or need a few tips on your make-up technique we’ve got you covered (literally!) with our back-to-basics guide to purchasing and application.
Shopping for your shade
To find the right hue for you it’s imperative you test the product properly. “A lot of women try out their foundation on the back of their hands thinking it will give them the closest match to their face,” says Revlon Training Specialist, Bree Sharpe. “As our hands are often exposed to more sun, the skin on them can be up to two shades darker than that on our faces, which means it’s unlikely you’ll get a true indication of how a foundation will look on your face.”
The easiest way to find the perfect shade of foundation is to pick the hue that you think might be right for you, then select one shade lighter and one shade darker than your initial choice. Next, apply a stripe of all three shades next to each other on your jaw line (right by your chin). “Having three hues next to each other gives a really clear comparison and lets you sort your perfect shade from the almost-there-but-not-quite-right colours,” says Sharpe. “Your ideal foundation will be the one that disappears in to your skin and makes the other two stripes stand out.”
If the colour of your skin is prone to changing during summer (and by that we mean through the use of faux-glow products of course!), you may want to consider buying two different shades of foundation. “If you tan easily I’d recommend purchasing another shade within the first few weeks of the new season,” Sharpe advises. Keep in mind you may also need to consider the formula of your foundation when switching for the seasons. For example, if your skin tends to become oilier in hot weather, opt for a light, mattifying base in summer. Likewise, if it’s prone to dryness in winter, choose a foundation with moisturising properties for the colder months.
To achieve a photo-worthy complexion, you should always start by preparing your skin properly. “A good moisturiser and primer are very important in creating a long-lasting flawless finish,” says Sharpe. “Priming your skin creates an ‘artificial’ smooth surface so that your make-up goes on easily, looks better and lasts longer – it’s a must for all foundation wearers!” Try: Revlon Absolute C Radiance Moisture Crème, and Revlon Beyond Natural Smoothing Primer.
Foundation is next. Starting at the centre of your face, blend out and downwards to ensure that less product is applied to the jaw line and eliminate the dreaded demarcation line (otherwise known as ‘pancake’ face). We like Revlon PhotoReady Makeup as it contains light-reflecting pigments to erase all flaws and produce an airbrushed finish. It also contains an SPF 20 making it the perfect foundation for everyday use.
Finish with a light dusting of Revlon PhotoReady Powder or Translucent Finisher to set your foundation and minimise shine.