In this era of Insta beauty, where almost everyone and their mom is a (self-taught) makeup artist or beauty blogger, it can be quite intimidating and overwhelming to make sure that your own makeup is on point! *snaps fingers*
Luckily we have you (and your face) covered. You’re safe in our expert, beauty-obsessed hands. Here are a few things you might be getting wrong; get them right with our tips and raise your makeup game to Insta-worthy status.
1. Not Using A Primer
Primer is foundation’s best friend. It fills in your pores, giving a smoothing effect, and it makes your makeup stay in place and last longer! Try Inglot SPF20 Under Makeup Base (R399 at Edgars) – it contains SPF20, which is a bonus.
2. Using The Wrong Primer For Your Foundation
There are three main formulations for both primers and foundations – water-based, silicone-based or oil-based. To get the best results, use a water-based primer with a water-based foundation, a silicone-based primer with a silicone-based foundation and an oil-based primer with an oil-based foundation. Why, you may ask? Well, for example, if you use a silicone-based foundation on top of an oil-based primer, your foundation (and makeup) will slide off your face!
3. Shade-Matching Your Foundation On Your Wrist or Hand
Finding the exact foundation shade can be a challenge – even the pros sometimes have a tough time! Instead of swatching on the back of your hand or your wrist (both of which tend to be lighter than your face), colour-test on your jawline, so you can compare it to the rest of your face and neck. That way you won’t look like a ghost.
4. Applying Too Much Face Powder
Applying face powder after your foundation is an important step, as it sets your foundation, giving you fuller coverage as well as mattifying oily skin. However, remember the saying, ‘Too much of anything is bad for you’ – it applies to powder too. Too much face powder makes your face look flat, older and unnatural. Apply small amounts where necessary – like on your T-zone – and try using a translucent powder which doesn’t add colour or coverage and just mattifies your skin. Try Yardley Absolute Translucent Loose Powder (R150 at Edgars)
5. Using Face Powder To Touch Up Throughout The Day
A makeup bag essential is a compact face powder with which you can touch up throughout the day when skin gets greasy or shiny. However, using a full-coverage face powder will give your face a heavy and cakey appearance. To avoid this, we suggest that you use a lightweight blotting powder or our personal favourite – blotting paper. Try Palladio Rice Paper Oil-Absorbing Blotting Tissues (R69,95 at Dis-Chem)
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