5 tips to get your foundation right every time

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Prep Your Skin

More is not merrier when it comes to your skincare routine. Really. So ignore beauty fads like the Korean 10-step skincare regimen that could end up clogging your pores, and making your makeup disappear in to our humid weather.

Aside from using skincare that suits your skin needs, always massage your skin as you apply skincare. This will boost blood and oxygen circulation, and promote product absorption.

After cleansing, apply a lightweight hydrating toner, followed by a brightening and hydrating serum. Use a moisturiser on areas of dry skin and finish with a sunscreen.


Help Foundation Stay Put

Use a mattifying makeup primer on areas that tend to get oily, such as your T-zone. Pick a colourless primer to smooth out skin texture, or use a peach-toned one to brighten up a dull complexion.


Choose the Right Type

The most exciting new foundation launch doesn’t mean anything if it doesn’t suit your skin type. Those with dry skin should go for rich, moisturising formulas and skip compact foundations, which can make your skin look dull and cakey.

If your cheeks tend to feel dry and your T-zone oily, you have dry-combination skin and should skip compact foundations as well. Opt for moisturising formulas in the form of tinted moisturiser, and liquid and cream foundations, then just dust some loose powder on the T-zone to keep it shine-free.


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Help oily-combination and oily skin look fresh and matte with compact foundations or an oil-free liquid foundation with oil-control and skin-mattifying properties.


Get the Perfect Colour Match

Ideally, you should test foundation along your jawline, and the perfect colour for your skin should match your natural skin tone. However, if your neck is lighter or darker than your face, your foundation shade should match the neck.


Apply Only Where Needed

For a flawless looking complexion, you don’t have to apply foundation on your whole face unless the colour of your neck is significantly lighter or darker than your face. If the colour of your face and neck match, apply foundation where the skin tone is uneven and over blemishes. Start from the centre of your face, and apply in outward motions.