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How to create a perfect canvas

29 July 2014

Achieving a flawless foundation finish is as easy as one, two, three.

WORDS BY Fashion Quarterly New Zealand

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A model from Public School fall/winter 14.

Achieving a flawless foundation finish is as easy as one, two, three:

Step 1:

To prep your skin for a smooth, perfect canvas, start with cleansed, moisturised skin. Wait a few minutes to let the moisturiser sink in, then smooth over primer.

Step 2:

Apply foundation from the centre and work your way out. For a light coverage, blend with your fingers, and for heavier coverage, use a brush.

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Step 3:

If you apply concealer first, you’ll use too much product. Instead, apply concealer on dark circles under the eyes and any blemishes that are visible through the foundation. Blend in with your fingers to finish.

 

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1. L’Oreal NutriLift Gold Foundation, $44. 2. Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind The Lifter, $36. 3. Shiseido Sheer and Perfect Foundation, $81. 4. Revlon Age Defying Firming + Lifting Makeup, $29.

Shop like a pro:

– If you’re shopping for a new foundation, the best way to find your perfect match is to blend a sample onto the side of your face and check your reflection in natural light. The correct shade should practically disappear into your skin.

– Every makeup artist’s secret weapon for a flattering complexion is a primer, but less is more. Choose one to suit your skin type (tinted to counteract redness or dull skin, oil-free if you suffer from breakouts) and spread only a pea-sized amount evenly over your skin. Allow time for it to dry before applying your foundation over the top.

– Most makeup artists use a little powder to give foundation all-day staying power. Look for one with a fine, silky texture, and dust very sparingly over your forehead, nose and chin.

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