Prepping Your Canvas
Jan 2014

There is no step more important to a makeup routine than creating a perfect base (remember to start with Spackle Under Make-Up Primer!). Professional makeup artists know that foundation and contouring products can make all the difference in the world to a person's appearance, as long as they're applied correctly. Here, we'll look at the process of applying foundations and contouring products so that flaws disappear.

 

Applying Foundation

Not every foundation type is right for every person, and some even have fairly rapid expirations. Those with dry skin can opt for liquid, stick, or hydrating powder foundations and those with oily skin can choose powder foundations. The common denominator is powder, so let's look at the proper method for applying powder foundation.

 

Applying powder foundation is not difficult, though it can be tricky to strike a balance between coverage and cakiness. Use a concealer to cover any areas of severe discoloration like undereye circles, redness, or blemishes. Then, roll a large kabuki brush in your foundation. Begin applying powder foundation in a stippling motion all around your face. Then, finish applying the foundation by blending in circular motions all around your face.

 

Contouring

Once you're done applying powder foundation, your face should look smooth and even, albeit flat and a little unnatural. Contouring makes cheeks look more chiseled and perfects the appearance of the face.

 

Begin with a bronzer. Apply it along your jawline, under your cheekbones, on the sides of your nose, along your hairline, and directly under your bottom lip. Use the kabuki brush to blend it in, making sure there are no tell-tale lines.

 

Next, use a highlighting powder on the center of your chin, down the center of your nose, on your cheekbones, on your cupid's bow, and on the middle of your forehead. Again, blend carefully, always pulling upward to create elongation.

 

To finish, use a blush on the apples of your cheeks, also pulling it upward toward your hairline, along your cheekbones. If you like, you can set your makeup with another light dusting of powder foundation.

 

Finishing the Look

Once you've prepared your face, you can take your makeup look in any direction you like. Simply apply a little mascara for a refined natural look, experiment with a smoky eye for a bold statement, or go light on the eye makeup and emphasize a red lip. The choices are endless. Once you've used primer, foundation and contoured, you're a perfect blank canvas!

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