A liquid foundation is one of the most popular forms of foundation because it’s easy to use and offers great coverage. There are lots of different types of foundations and thousands of shades to choose from. For women who want full coverage that lasts all day, liquid foundation is the way to go.
In this post, we’ll discuss more about what liquid foundation is, the best tips on how to apply them, and how to choose the right one for your skin type.
What Do Liquid Foundations Do?
Liquid foundation is a tried-and-true beauty essential and a standard product for any makeup routine. It is a mixture of pigments in a liquid form that comes in different finishes and levels of coverage.
Its purpose is to hide skin flaws and make the skin look like it is perfect. Powder foundation tends to draw attention to dry spots and make blemishes on the face stand out more, but the moisturizing texture of the mineral liquid foundation is more likely to look good on dry skin than powder.
If you want to give your skin light and natural coverage, a water-infused foundation blend with Aloe Vera is an excellent option for you to consider.
Applying Liquid Foundation: Step-By-Step Tutorial
To make your skin look perfect with liquid foundation, you’ll need the following:
- Liquid makeup
- Foundation brush
- Makeup sponge (or preferred beauty tool or beauty blender)
- Setting spray
When you have these essential tools to apply liquid foundation, you can get started!
Step 1: Wash your hands and face
Wash your hands with soap first. Clean hands are important for hygiene as well as for healthy skin. Also, by washing your face with a cleanser, you can get rid of any dirt and oil that might make your skin look oily and dull.
Wipe your face with a clean cloth and pat it dry. You want a clean canvas before you apply liquid foundation.
Step 2: Put on a moisturizer
Moisturizer is something that everyone (regardless of whether they have oily skin, dry skin, or combination skin) should be using every single day. It will help your skin retain its natural glow, youthful texture, and suppleness.
It is best to use a water-based moisturizer with SPF whether you go outside or not! You should always wear sunscreen. After application, please give yourself at least five minutes to wait for it to dry.
Step 3: Apply a primer
All you need is two pumps (or dollops if you’re using a tube) of primer to cover pores and make a smooth surface that is ready for foundation. You can use your fingers to put the primer on your forehead, under and around your eyes, crease lines, or anywhere else you need to cover up flaws or pores.
Don’t drag it over your skin with pressure; instead, gently tap it until well absorbed.
Step 4: Put foundation on your entire face
After putting some liquid foundation on your fingers, dot your face with the foundation using your fingertips, or directly from the applicator or jar. It’s important to pay attention to the areas that need to be covered up, like the chin, forehead, nose, eye area, around the lips, and any pigmented areas.
Gently blend the product into your skin. You can apply foundation with your fingers using a circular motion just be sure to get the outer edges as well.
For more shine, you could also mix your foundation with a face oil or liquid highlighter. This will make your skin look healthier and brighter. There are times when less is more. Just a little of this should be used particularly for a day-look.
It is worth mentioning that some liquid foundation offers full coverage while others offer buildable coverage. These are of personal preference and should be selected based on how you want your face makeup to look. Just be sure that you foundation application results in even coverage.
Step 5: Dampen and Stamp
Apply a spritz of setting spray to your face. Then, lightly dampen your foundation brush or sponge with setting spray or water and apply a dime-sized amount of liquid foundation or concealer.
Use a quick and gentle dabbing motion application method to apply the foundation all over your face, neck, and around your forehead, and ears.
Step 6: Use a damp makeup sponge to blend
Moisten your sponge or beauty blender with water. After that, start to bounce it all over your face. The wet sponge will help you blend the foundation, remove any extra, and get rid of any brush stroke lines.
Step 7: Use a concealer
This step isn’t absolutely necessary. On the other hand, a concealer will help you get an even skin tone if you have acne scars or hyperpigmentation. After putting a few dots on the surface, smooth out the edges with your sponge or fingertips.
Step 8: Use a Setting Powder
This step also isn’t necessary, however using a setting powder will provide a complete look for a flawless finish. This is best applied with a kabuki brush or a fluffy brush.
How to Find the Right Liquid Foundation for You
Identify Your Skin Type
This is probably the most crucial step to help you choose the best foundation formula for your needs. To choose a solution that will work best for you, you need to know your skin type, wants, and needs. So keep this in mind!
If you have oily skin, try using a powder or liquid foundation that does not contain any oil. These powders are made to soak up oil and leave a matte, smooth finish behind.
Mineral foundations are suitable for people with oily skin because the dry particles tend to soak up moisture and prevent shine. This makes mineral foundations a good choice for those with oily skin.
If you have dry skin, choose a liquid foundation that has ingredients that keep your skin moist. With a creamy texture and great moisturizing effects, they are a must-have.
If some parts of your skin are oily and others are dry, it’s the worst thing that could happen. What is the best foundation for skin that is both fair and dark?
Don’t use foundations that are meant to be moisturizing or oily. Instead, try mixing and matching different products in a smart way.
Adjust the Color So That It Looks Good With Your Skin Tone
How do you choose which foundation will work best with your skin tone? The best way to find out if a foundation goes well with your skin tone is to try it on your neck or jawline.
If you choose the right shade, it will go well with your skin tone and keep you from looking ashy or ghostly. It’s the wrong shade for you if it makes your skin look lighter or if it makes you look much darker than you really are.
Don’t be afraid to wear really different colors together, whether it’s summer or winter. This also works because your skin tone changes in different parts of your face at varying times of the year.
Going lighter almost always makes you look fake and chalky, so if you’re not sure, choose a slightly darker tone.
Identify Your Undertone
Think about whether the sun makes your skin turn golden (with yellow tones) or rosy (with pink tones). If you have a golden skin tone, your undertone is warm. If you tend to look pink, your undertone is cool. When you put them together, they create an atmosphere with a neutral undertone.
If you want to know if you have cool-toned skin, you can also look at the color of your veins. If your veins are more blue or deep purple, you probably have cool-toned skin.
If your veins look green, that means you have a warm tone. The question is: How do you decide which foundation is best for you right now?
It’s simple! If you know the undertone of your skin before you go shopping for foundation, it will be much easier for you to choose the one that will look best on you. Some foundations are also called “warm-toned” or “cool-toned,” depending on how they look on your skin.
Choose a Finish
If you’ve never used foundation before, the word “finish” might be confusing to you. Even people who use foundation all the time don’t always seem to know which one is best for them. To put it another way, the finish of a foundation is the sheen—or lack of sheen—it leaves on your skin after you apply it.
There are options for a dewy, matte, semi-matte, and illuminating finish, and each one looks beautiful on its own. But the one that works best for you will depend on the look you want to go for. Another thing that affects whether or not you can pull off a certain finish is the type of skin you have.
The Dewy-type or finish that makes your skin shine
If you want the look of a dewy foundation, you might want to use a pigmented eye shadow that doesn’t shimmer instead of a high-shine lipstick. Instead, you should use lipstick with a matte finish. Avoid using products that have a lot of shine and shimmer in them if you don’t want your skin to look oily.
Trying the matte finish
This is great for people with oily skin or a combination of dry and oily. If you use a foundation with a matte finish, you can get a look that is almost perfect. As long as you use it right, you can get a beautiful powdered finish that is smooth as silk and doesn’t look heavy.
Perform Several Tests Before You Buy It
You shouldn’t just walk into a store and buy something without testing it first. Do not do a color test on your hand; this warning cannot be emphasized enough. Knowing which tone suits your skin best has the correct technique.
For the most accurate color match, lay a sample of the desired shade down the side of your jaw. Choose a few colors that look the most like your skin tone and try them out by putting swatches on your jawline instead of your hand. This will help you get a shade that looks as natural as possible.
Check Out Some Customer Reviews
Even though reviews won’t always help you choose the right shade for your skin tone, they can give you information about how a product wears throughout the day, like whether or not it oxidizes and how to apply the formula best.
You can read reviews on the brand’s website and on other web pages like Sephora, Ulta, and Amazon.com. This will also give you an idea of what their skin type is. So if it’s similar to yours, then it would be easier to find the right makeup for your skin.
Look For a Reference
Find a beauty Influencer or a highly followed makeup artist online who shares some of your traits, like the color of your eyes and hair and your skin tone. With just a little research, you should be able to find out what shade and type of foundation they use.
If you can find a beauty Influencer with the same skin tone as you, they may also be able to point you toward the exact shade you need to add to your shopping cart.
Don’t Be Upset If You Get it Wrong!
Imagine the worst-case situation, which is that you listened to all of the recommendations, but you still ended up with the wrong foundation. On the other hand, it acts like it is working, but as the day goes on, it oxidizes and changes color. Don’t worry!
If your foundation is a little bit too dark for you, you can lighten it by mixing it with the vegan cream of your choice before you put it on. If the foundation you buy is too light, you can make it darker by adding some of the great custom bronzing drops on the market today. If the colors are completely wrong, you could try adding a color-correcting agent.
Seek Makeup Advice
Expect to spend a higher price for your foundation if you purchase it from a retail shop, but believe us when we say that it is money well spent if you do so. You will get good advice from trained professionals who want to help you. Those who are just starting out will find this very helpful. Interested buyers can also get testers from certain manufacturers.
They can try out the product over a few days in mirrors and under different lighting conditions and also record a video to see how it looks. You can also ask for swatches and compare them to your skin using the top of your hand or your forearm as a guide.
Most Frequently Asked Question:
Is it preferable for concealer to be lighter than foundation?
Makeup artists will tell you that your concealer should always be one or two shades lighter than your foundation if you want to make dark spots on your face look less noticeable. If your concealer is more than two shades lighter than your foundation, it will make your skin look too pale.
If, on the other hand, you just want to cover a few spots and smudges, you should choose a concealer that is the same color as your foundation.
We hope this information helps you feel more confident and better prepared to explore the wonderful world of makeup! Feel free to reach out to us here at Viviane Woodard if you need any suggestions on Foundations, Primers, Concealers, or Powders. With over 60 years in the beauty industry, we are confident we can help!
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