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Ten tips for applying foundation make-up flawlessly everytime.

How to Apply Foundation Makeup Flawlessly

Here are my tips for a flawless foundation:

1. For a natural look your foundation must match your skin tone.
Test foundations along your jawline. You will know the best color because it will disappear into your skin.


2. Spread foundation on your hands and pat it on your face, then smooth out with a sponge making sure not to pull or stretch the skin. Be extra careful in the area around your eyes where the skin is super thin. Don't forget to apply foundation on your eyelids and lips.


3. To make foundation last apply moisturizer first giving the foundation a base.
Dry skin will soak up the foundation if not given that base. For oily skin use an oil-free moisturizer and powder foundation.


4. On hot days foundation can be difficult to keep looking fresh.
Set your foundation in the morning using a loose powder and puff, then do regular touch ups throughout the day.


5. To cover imperfections apply foundation first and then go back and dot on a concealer that neutralizes red. For noticeable imperfections like very dark circles and birthmarks use a yellow concealer. Don't use too much powder in problem areas because it will draw attention to it.


6. To avoid a foundation line around the jaw apply foundation as usual then use a little moisturizer in your hand and blend it down your neck.


7. For evening mix some shimmer powder with your powder and put it where you want to attract light such as the bridge of the nose, underneath the brow bone, the temples, cheekbone, chin and shoulders.


8. Always use a foundation with a sunscreen of at least 15 to prevent future sun damage.


9. Change your foundation shade if the color of your skin changes.


10. After you apply foundation go near a window to make sure it looks natural. Natural light is the ultimate test.

Sheila Dicks has been in the fashion industry for more than twenty-five years. Early in her fashion career as a dressmaker, she learned the effect line and design has on appearance. Sheila spent three years in the cosmetics industry and later acquired a diploma in fashion merchandising and two university degrees. As an image consultant, she does wardrobe building and professional dress workshops. For more information, visit: www.SheilasFashion Sense.com.

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