It’s a bit of a catch-22 situation sometimes.
You want great coverage from your foundation
but and you want it to look light and natural. Not so difficult if you have perfect skin (n which case, do you really need the coverage?). But for us mere dermo-mortals, it can prove elusive.
BB/CC creams and tinted moisturisers are good but if you want a little more coverage, you might want to stick with your regular foundation. That doesn’t mean you need to live with looking cakey.
I’ve tried a few things and I reckon you can have your cake and eat it too (bad pun, sorry) with a couple of easy steps that take all of 30 seconds.
You will need
- A misting spray (I use Avene thermal water but ordinary tap water in a fine spray bottle is just as good)
- A clean medium/ large stippling brush
What to do
This is a tip to incorporate to your makeup routine, just after you’ve applied your makeup base. So hold the powder, blush and highlighter for a moment.
I usually do the next steps after I have applied concealer (under eyes) but if you have particular areas that need a little more coverage, you may want to revisit them with concealer after.
- Mist your face with the spray to dampen it – it doesn’t have to be a light spritz but you don’t want to look like you just got caught in the rain either.
- While still damp, take your stippling brush and swirl it across your face in sweeping circular motions. Don’t rub or drag heavily or you will end up taking your foundation off.
- The idea is to sheer out the base by blending the moisture from the spray and the foundation. You will find the brush will pick up some colour but it is really a small amount and not enough to worry about.
I find this method smooths out any edges, streaks or patches and gives a lovely airbrushed look with a natural sheen.
If there is excess moisture left on the skin, give it another 10 seconds to dry out a little.
- At this point, I like to dust on some translucent powder while the skin is still a touch damp. Of course, you can skip this step if you want to keep things more dewy.
And there you have it. Your base should look pretty even and smooth with a freshness to it.
You can go ahead and apply the rest of your makeup at this point or stop here for more laid-back and natural look.
Try it. Let me know if it works for you.