Foundation can help to hide blemishes, even the skin tone giving you a light glow or a nice matte finish – if you choose it correctly. Let’s see what tips Simona, Miss Ilford International 2017, can give us! She is one of the finalists of the UK Power Pageant Competition, which will crown seven winners this upcoming weekend: World Supermodel UK, Miss International UK, Miss Grand England, Scotland & Wales, Miss Intercontinental England, Scotland and Wales and Miss Grand England, Scotland and Wales.
”First thing to remember when applying make-up– less is more! Foundation or a BB cream, which I use mostly, are great at helping to brighten up your skin, hide small imperfections and give you that healthy glow. I prefer the BB cream, because it is great for everyday use; it’s very light – it not only conceals but moisturises the skin at the same time. Since my skin tend to get dry when I lack time to take a proper care of it, I found that most foundations would only dry it even more. If I want more coverage in the evening, then I add contour, some concealer if needed, and put some make-up powder. It provides enough coverage still keeping the skin looking fresh. Personally, I am not a big fan of putting layers of make up – primer, then high coverage foundation, concealer, contour, powder – it seems too much for me. Yes, perhaps there is nothing wrong with it if you do it from time to time, especially on special occasions or photo shoots, but otherwise the priority should be taking a proper care of your skin so you wouldn’t need all of that. It is sad that a lot of teenage girls are trying to copy their favourite celebrity looks and are into this trend of putting layers of make-up to make themselves look flawless. In my opinion, it only leads to more skin problems in the future. Remember, if your skin is oily or too dry, no make-up will save you!
In regards to applying foundation, my tip would be to make sure your skin is moisturised. Choose something quite light and make sure it is fully absorbed before you start applying the foundation or it will get unevenly distributed. If you feel like your skin feels a bit oily after the application, try to use a facial spray or primer water instead. It refreshes and hydrates the skin preparing it for a smooth and easy make-up application. If you have a long day ahead of you and you want to make sure your make up stays in place until the evening – the primer can be a great help.
It is very important to find the right cosmetics for your skin type. Do not just take a friend’s recommendation, as it may not necessarily be suitable for you. If your skin is dry, compact powder will probably not work, if the skin is oily – you should avoid thick creamy consistency foundation. Then determine your skin tone. One of the biggest make-up mistakes – the wrong shade of foundation. In order to check whether the colour suits you, apply a bit on the hand, choose 3-4 colours and see which one do you think most closely match the natural colour of your skin. It is easiest to do it in a natural light where you can see immediately which of the selected shades fits you best, but of course it is something we often do not get a chance to do when shopping for make-up.
Use the concealer to mask the problematic areas of your skin. It is not easy to pick the right concealer, as there are many different shades depending on what you would like to hide and correct, so try to read more about it to find out what would suit you best before buying just any concealer. If you are getting ready for a night out, use something to make the make-up last longer, whether compact powder or some make-up setting spray – they are quite popular at the moment. Also, don’t forget your make-up tools! Try to experiment and see what works better for you when applying foundation – using a special sponge, brushes or simply your fingers – to apply it evenly.
The key always is to avoid overdoing it, especially at day time. If you’re meeting a friend for a coffee, don’t try to follow a celebrity type of make-up look, which look flawless in front of cameras, but up close in the daylight, I can assure you will not look flattering. Perhaps, while you are putting make-up in your room it may look fine, but once you’re out in the daylight, it changes everything. As you try to choose appropriate clothing for each occasion, the same goes for choosing the right amount of coverage. The most importantly, it will make you look insecure, because confident girls would not hide under a ton of make up. Try to accentuate your best features and make sure your skin has that fresh healthy glow, that is all you need!”
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