5 Products To Help You Achieve Flawless Foundation
by Victor Amos
As a professional makeup artist, the number one question I get asked by models and clients is, “How do I achieve flawless-looking foundation?” Many of them are surprised to find out that achieving flawless foundation relies heavily on the way you prepare the skin for the foundation, and less about the foundation itself. Just like a house, makeup must set atop a base if it is to last and sit properly. Let’s look at some products that will help you achieve that flawless look!
I always start my makeup applications by wetting and cleansing the skin. It is important that you always start off your makeup routine with clean skin. Not only does cleansing the skin remove dirt and excess oils, it also moistens the skin, which helps it better absorb the products that will be applied next.
MY RECOMMENDATION: Bioderma Crealine ($23.00 USD / 250 ml)
Almost nothing is more important than your moisturizer! It is essential to making sure that your skin stays nourished, hydrated and supple throughout the day. Dry skin can lead to flaking, “cakey” foundation, and even worse… premature aging! You don’t have to spend a ton of money, but make sure that your moisturizer meets your skin needs. If you are oily, pick a moisturizer that is oil-free. If you are dry, pick a moisturizer that is thick and creamy. And no matter which skin-type you have, make sure your moisturizer contains SPF!
MY RECOMMENDATION: Olay Regenerist UV Defense ($28.00 USD / 50 ml)
 EYE CREAM
A lot of women forget this step, but eye cream is very important! How many of you have problems with concealer getting “cakey” and seeping into the fine lines under your eyes? That problem occurs because the under-eye is dehydrated. The skin under your eye is very thin and dehydrates easily. If you want smooth, crease-free concealer, then you need to make sure that your under eye is properly moisturized, otherwise the moisture in your concealer will absorb, leaving behind a cakey, flakey mess.
MY RECOMMENDATION: Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream ($49.00 USD / 15 ml)
Primer is another step that is grossly underestimated. If you live in a humid climate or have oily skin, a good primer will help with the longevity of your makeup application. I recommend a silicone-based primer, as it will blur fine lines, and fill-in large pores that are common around the nose and on the cheeks. So not only will you have long-lasting makeup, you will also have buttery-smooth skin.
MY RECOMMENDATION: Whip Hand Cosmetics Set The Stage Primer ($39.00 USD / 1 oz)
 FIXING/SETTING SPRAY
Now, this is a finishing step. Once you have finished your makeup application, you want take take off that “dusty” look that happens after you have applied your setting powder. A good way to bring the natural radiance and glow back to the skin is with a fixing spray. There are many formulas available on the market that will do different things. I tend to gravitate to the fixing sprays that re-hydrate the face with water and minerals. You can use this mist to freshen-up your makeup throughout the day as well.
MY RECOMMENDATION: Caudalie Beauty Elixir ($18.00 USD / 1 oz.)