5 tips for flawless foundation that every girl should know…

International make-up artist, Jen Gooding shares her tips for flawless foundation

Instagram | @jennifergoodingmakeup / Model: @sydneyjharper

During the winter months, many of us step it up a gear with our make-up ready for the festive season. Creating the perfect base is the starting point for a make-up look that will stand the test of time– and won’t rub off on your face mask! Below top makeup artist Jen Gooding gives five top tips that all us girls need to know to create a flawless foundation base over and over again.

1. Prep

To make sure you are getting the most out of your foundation application, preparing the skin is the most important part. The key is to make sure your moisture levels in the skin are on top, to do this I recommend introducing a hyaluronic acid serum into your skin care routine, This adds more hydration as it draws moisture into dry skin. Try The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Serum.

2. Prime

Applying a primer just before your foundation is essential when preparing your skin for makeup. It smoothes over fine lines, evens out skin tone and texture and holds the foundation on for longer. I love the Benefit the POREfessional Primer.

Instagram | @jennifergoodingmakeup / Model: @nahuane

3. Choosing Your Foundation

When choosing a foundation I recommend one with an added illuminosity into it which will bring out that vitality and youthful glow back into the skin. Try the L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation (available in 40 Shades), which has a medium coverage. Match the shade to your body as our skin on our face tends to be darker so we want to bring that warmth back into the face.

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4. Blend

Use a small amount at a time and buff into the skin in circular motions with a buffing brush where you need the coverage, build up if you need to but remember a little goes a long way. I love to use a damp beauty blender to set the foundation, tapping it all over the face and neck to blend out the areas where the product may settle in fine lines and distributes any extra product evenly onto the skin. Then add a concealer very minimally under the eyes and any imperfection, use your finger or beauty blender to press it into the skin. I love the Glossier Stretch Concealer (available in 12 shades) as it’s lightweight, great coverage and a dewy texture, so it won’t sit in any pesky under-eye lines.

Instagram | @jennifergoodingmakeup / Model: @marika_ofarrell

5. Set

For those who wear glasses, your foundation will most likely rub off in the areas where the glasses cause friction on the sides of your nose. To prevent this, try this little trick with loose powder and a beauty blender, apply a thick amount of powder on the sides of your nose where your glasses touch, leave it for about five minutes then brush away the excess powder. The heat from your skin and the powder create a barrier on the skin to keep the makeup on all day. Try the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder in Honey.

When it comes to your face mask I recommend a different technique. Adding powders to set the makeup will just rub off on the fibrous material of the face covering. ​Instead, spritz a makeup setting spray all over the face. This is one of those steps that’s going to be really helpful for us to solidify and lock in the moisturiser and powder underneath… and of course keep our makeup on longer.
I love the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray.

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