9 Foundation Mistakes You’re Probably Making

Thought you knew your stuff when it came to applying your foundation? Well, turns out there’s plenty of ways you could be doing it wrong…

Here’s what to stop doing, immediately, according to LOOK’s Beauty Team.

See: Best Foundation… The LOOK Guide

1) Selecting the wrong shade

Testing foundation shades on your hand is a no-no, for most of us our hands aren’t the exact same colour as our face, so the best place to test a foundation is your neck or jawline.

2) Forgetting your neck

It’s all well and good to blend your foundation perfectly over your complexion but if you leave your neck totally bare it will look uneven. Instead, take the excess foundation left on your brush, and lightly buff it over your jawline and neck so they match up.

3) Applying foundation directly to dry skin

Foundation tends to accentuate dry skin as it clings to any flakey areas and makes them look a whole lot worse. Combat it by exfoliating, then use a hydrating serum, and finally apply a moisturiser to help banish dryness. If you still have flakiness mix a little moisturiser into your foundation to help prevent it clinging to the skin.

woman applying foundation Make sure to set your make-up before leaving the house…

See: The One Thing Make-Up Artists Say You’re Doing Wrong…

4) Using too much

We’ve long held the belief that foundation needs to be applied all over the face, but if you’re having a good skin day, why not show it off? Just blend a little of your lightweight foundation where you need it, like over any redness or discolouration.

5) Not blending properly 

Unlike lightweight foundations – which you can just apply and go, when it comes to high coverage formulas taking a little extra time to blend makes all the difference and will help you avoid cakiness. Use a buffing brush and work it into skin in circular motions, then grab a cosmetic sponge and dab it over your complexion to soak up any excess and prevent the foundation from seeping into lines or pores.

6) Mixing up your undertones

Most skin tones tend to have either warm or cool undertones, if your skin is warmer go for a foundation with yellow undertones, whilst if it’s cooler you should try a pinker base.

woman applying foundation Not blending properly is the ultimate foundation sin…

See: Best Primer: The LOOK Guide…

7) Forgetting the natural light check

After you’ve perfected your foundation take a second to head over to your window and make sure the colour is perfect and the formula looks fully blended in the natural light. Sometimes bright bathroom spotlights can wash you out and you might accidentally over do it on the coverage.

8) Forgetting to prime

Priming is the not-so-secret step that will take your foundation for average to amazing. Find a primer that matches your skin type though, if you have oily skin go for a mattifying primer, if you’re dry look for a hydrating formula, if your skin is a little dull go for a colour correcting tone.

9) Not setting your make-up

If you get to 3pm and realise your foundation has totally disappeared, it’s likely because the oils from your skin have broken down the formula. Combat patchiness by dusting a little powder over the oily areas and this will keep your foundation locked down all day.