The Best Makeup Tips For Flawless Foundation

Creating a flawless foundation is often easier said than done, especially if you suffer from combination skin. Watching YouTube guru’s do their thing works to a certain extent, but most of it comes down to working with the skin you’ve got.

This might mean that touching up with a powder, using a setting spray, or simply staying away from a primer will apply for you – since there is no magic spell for flawless skin. Use the following fool-proof tips to help prep your skin for that fabulous base you’ve always wanted.

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Even if you suffer from extremely oily skin, it’s so important to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day and night. Neglecting a moisturiser is one of the biggest mistakes you will ever make for your skin, or maybe the one you’re currently using isn’t actually working at all?

Regardless of your skin type, stick to a moisturiser which is fragrance-free and won’t interfere with your skincare regime. This means that you won’t find your skin breaking out anytime soon, and you can benefit from a flawless base all day long. Look for a moisturiser with an added SPF, so your skin can feel amazing and be protected from the sun while you’re out and about.

The Best Makeup Tips For Flawless Foundation

La Roche-Posay Effaclar H Soothing Moisturiser, $30

Makeup brushes

I’ve recently found out that my skin doesn’t work too well with stippling brushes. Just imagine,  constantly rubbing the product can make it flake over dry spots and look like it’s peeling, eek! If you identify with any of these symptoms, then I highly recommend that you stay away from stippling brushes – at least until the colder weather is out the window.

Cosmetic sponges are much kinder to skin because they are used damp, and won’t have you spreading the same old product all over your face. Simply dot your preferred foundation on the forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin, then bounce the cosmetic sponge over your face.

Be careful when it comes to your eyes, since this is the number one place foundation is prone to crease. Dampen the sponge, then press over this area to avoid your foundation from cracking.

The Best Makeup Tips For Flawless Foundation

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, $11


Now this can be tricky since there are a variety of foundations on the market which claim to revolutionise the look and feel of your skin. The best advice is to get your skin matched by a professional, and they will tell you the kind of foundation you should go for.

The most popular finishes are matte and dewy, and if you want to keep your skin from creasing and peeling throughout the day – then stick to dewy foundation instead. Apply foundation sparingly to areas such as the nose, around the mouth and over the pores, since it’s often difficult to achieve a flawless finish here. Use your finger and gently tap the product over these places to avoid the foundation from peeling and flaking. Gently spritz your face with a setting powder to keep it all intact.

The Best Makeup Tips For Flawless Foundation

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup, $56.30

Image via Taylor Hill

October 21, 2014

How To Dress Up A Natural Makeup Look

One of the most common make-up misconceptions is that a natural look only really works in the day. Truth is, a neutral and simple look can work just as well when you need to dress up and look a little fancy. You just need to know the clever little ways to enhance your features, like these four super easy ways…

1. Illuminate your skin

While a natural glow works wonderfully for any daytime look, you can definitely up the ante in the radiance and luminosity department for an evening or nighttime look. Notice how Chrissy Teigan has illuminated her cheekbones, forehead and chin? Too much for day-to-day activities, but spot on for a more formal affair.

Chrissy Teigan

Hot tip: Dust an illuminating or highlighting powder, like Mary Kay Highlight Powder, over your cheekbones, chin, brow bones and even décolletage for a radiant finish. A light dusting will do for a delicate and natural finish, while a few layers will help give you that extra red-carpet intensity. 


2. Define your brows

Sarah Hyland

Never underestimate the power of well-defined and perfectly groomed brows. Just look at how brilliantly it balances out Sarah Hyland’s au naturale beauty look and complements her winged liner and luscious lashes. The trick for a taking this look from day to night is to fill in your brows that little bit extra to make them look a touch darker and more defined.

Hot tip: Brows looking a little sparse? Try a brow mousse. blinc Eyebrow Mousse helps tint your natural hair while filling in those gaps with a water-resistant colour. Gently comb your brows with the mascara-like brush to apply and rest easy knowing that the formulation is holding your brows in place.

3. A glossy lip


Beyonce’s make-up looks perfectly acceptable for a special occasion, right? If you look carefully, you’ll notice she hasn’t done anything extra special or over-the-top – she’s just finished off her look with a high-shine lipgloss. The finish helps to add an element of glitz to your look without you having to do much at all.

Hot tip: No one likes the feeling of dry lips, so look for a lip colour that’ll offer the shine of a lipgloss and the comfort of a lip balm. L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire in Nude Vibrato will give your lips that barely-there colour with maximum shine and comfort.

4. A smoky eye

Kate Mara

The reason so many people steer clear of a natural make-up look when they’re getting dolled up is because they feel like it’s too simple; it’s not quite jazzy enough for a special event. But what many people don’t realise is that it’s the perfect opportunity to add some shimmer and smoke to their eye look like Kate Mara’s done here. Pair dark, defined eyes and lashings of mascara with a metallic eyeshadow for a standout eye that’ll add some glamour to your look.

Hot tip: Use a light shimmery shade like Revlon Colorstay ShadowLinks in Oyster, on the inner corners of your eyes as this will help brighten your eyes. Oh, and if you have small eyes, don’t line both your top and bottom waterline – just stick to the top.

By Carli Alman, Makeup, Hands and Feet Editor for beautyheaven.com.au. Carli is currently the Make-Up, Hands & Feet Editor of beautyheaven.com.au, after her love of bright lipstick, appreciation of elaborate nail art and a mascara collection that would make any woman jealous made her the natural choice for the role.

September 11, 2014