Top tips for perfect foundation
If you want to recreate our March cover girl Halle Berry’s flawless skin tone, here are some top tips from Candis beauty editor Justine Brennan plus some extra products to covet!
What’s a primer?
Your undercoat, and it’s key! It preps the skin and provides a smooth, even base to help your make-up glide on and stay put. Try Nivea Express Hydration Primer (50ml, £4.99), a 2-in-1 primer and moisturiser, or Paul & Joe Pearl Foundation Primer (30ml, £22, pictured right).
Do you still need powder to set a base?
Yes – but only a tiny amount. Too much will highlight fine lines and accentuate them. Always apply with a large brush, give it a tap to knock off excess powder and use mainly around your oily zones – nose, chin and forehead.
Liquids, mousse, mineral… what’s the best foundation?
In our opinion, liquids – they give the most natural base. And less is definitely more when it comes to foundation – start around the nose, dab on the chin, forehead and any blemishes, then work outwards, blending, blending, blending. Try Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow (£24.50, pictured right) in nine shades for medium coverage and a believable base or Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint (£21) in four shades for a lighter coverage.
Which powders are the best to use?
A good translucent powder will suit all skin tones and types. But never use a powder puff, always a brush. We like Clarins Loose Powder (£30).
Fingers or sponge to apply?
Neither! Fingers use too much and sponges waste too much product. Try a good foundation brush and be amazed at the difference – you’ll notice how much further your foundation goes and how much easier it is to blend.
Should you always apply lower than your jawline?
It’s true you should never stop at your jawline but you don’t really need to apply make-up to your neck – just keep blending so that there’s no apparent ‘line’.
Is it true that concealer should be applied after the foundation?
Quite true, and it’s obvious when you think about it. Concealer moves once you apply foundation over the top and becomes less effective – if you dab it on lightly once your base is on and blend well you’ll have a more flawless finish. Remember to find a concealer that’s close in shade to your base or try Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer (£5.99) for a concealer that adapts to your skin tone.
How can I find the perfect colour match?
Aside from testing hundreds of brands or relying on sales assistants, try the revolutionary No7 Foundation Match Made Service. Just pop along to your local Boots where an assistant will use a Match Made device to photograph your skin. After two clicks it will analyse your skin tone and advise you on your exact match from the 17 shades available.
How do you ‘touch’ up your base half way through the day?
A good foundation Like Estee Lauder Double Wear (30ml, £27.50, 30 shades) shouldn’t need too much reapplication – just a touch around the oily areas that may have worn off and another light dust of powder. However a lesser quality product may need to be reapplied more often so you must, blend, blend and blend again to avoid a patchwork effect.
And here are some more tips for great new products this month from Justine…
Mother’s Day treat
What mum wouldn’t deserve this heavenly Time For You Spa and Skincare collection (£39) from Elemis? The ultimate pamper package includes the uber-relaxing Quiet Mind Bath Elixir plus hand cream, body lotion, cleanser, exfoliator and cellular recovery capsules to lavish the skin with – and it all comes in this chic wash bag. What a Mother’s Day present – and for more ideas for Mum, click here. [link to other Mother’s day gift website feature]
This 1950s-inspired cosmetic clutch makeup bag by The Vintage Cosmetic Company. For £16.50, there’s not a prettier way to hold all your girly goodies.