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Finding the right foundation for your face

oy number-one rule for foundation is it shouldn't look like I'm wearing any. I want makeup that reflects the light, doesn't sink into pores and wrinkles, and makes my skin look like it's glowing, so I've been testing loads of formulations to find out which are the most flattering and longest lasting. And I've discovered the secret to a perfect base is all in the prep.

As you get older, the golden rule is more prep, less product. It’s all about priming the skin for a more flattering finish. As makeup artist Napoleon Perdis says, “Not to prime is a crime!”

  • First, apply a moisturiser and wait a minute for it to sink in.

  • Next, use a primer designed to tackle your skin issues. Primer can help to shrink pores, mattify skin and give a luminous, light-reflecting finish.

  • Now choose a concealer in a shade that matches your natural skin tone to disguise any dark circles under your eyes, areas of pigmentation or blemishes. Pat it on using a small flat brush and then blend. Don’t apply too much – less is better!

There’s so much choice when it comes to deciding on a foundation. oousses and powdered mineral options are great for younger girls or anyone with oily skin. As you start to mature skin often gets drier so what you need is a foundation that’s light in texture plus has light-diffusing properties.

Fluid formulations are ideal, but there are some good powder and cream varieties around too. There’s no need to apply it all over the face like a mask. Keep it minimal on areas like the forehead, where you shouldn’t need much.

I really don’t think it matters whether you blend with a sponge, a brush or your fingers. The important thing is to choose a shade that matches your skin tone. Test it on the side of your face, not on your hand or arm. If the makeup disappears into your skin, it’s the perfect shade for you.

As for finishing off with powder, do so if your skin is on the oily side as it’ll help keep makeup in place. But if your skin is dry or showing signs of ageing, then just dust a little onto high-shine areas like the nose.

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