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8 Tips for Flawless Foundation
Great foundation will deftly hide imperfections, make skin tone look even and give skin a smooth, your-skin-but-better finish. Achieving a beautiful, flawless finish foundation can be tricky. The right product, prep routine and application technique will mean your foundation stays flawless all day. So, follow our tips for the best foundation of your life.
1. Start with skincare
Foundation goes on more smoothly and sits better on skin that has been properly cleansed and moisturised. Avoid foundation looking cakey and uneven by applying your skin routine from the beginning by cleansing skin with Crème Mousse-Confort a rich mousse that removes impurities without drying skin out. Follow with a skin barrier strengthening serum, like our bestselling Advanced Génifique Serum which is proven to improve fine lines, radiance and smoothness. Always hydrate skin with a moisturiser before applying foundation, as makeup will cling to dry patches, drawing attention to their appearance. For dry skin, we recommend Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturising Cream.
2. Use a primer
Create a perfectly smooth canvas for your foundation application by applying a primer. Primer makes everything you apply afterwards go on more easily and last longer, so it’s an essential step for truly long-lasting foundation. Formulated with 1% Hyaluronic Acid, our 24H Hydrating Priming Serum is a solid priming serum that transforms into a balm-like texture when applied to the skin. It extends the wear of your foundation and enriches your skin with up to 24H hydration.
3. Find the right shade for your skin
Finding the right shade of foundation used to involve heading off to a department store, trying on various foundation shades along the jawline and going outside to check the colour with a handheld mirror in natural light. Thankfully, technology has revolutionised colour matching and it can now be done from the comfort of your own home, with just a smart phone to hand. Our accurate Foundation Match Tool will analyse your skin tone and undertone thanks to unique video technology. No more running outside with a mirror!
4. Choose the right formula for you
Now you know what shade to go for it’s all about picking out the features of the foundation that you prefer. You might like a radiant, glow finish or you might be a fan of a smooth matte finish to your makeup. We always recommend choosing a liquid foundation that has skincare benefits, you’ll be wearing it for hours, so a formula that’s kind, even beneficial to your skin is essential. Our Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation is a longwear foundation with a natural matte finish, the formula is concentrated with 81% skincare serum including Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E and Moringa. The ultra thin, ultra breathable formula is buildable, so you can apply more where you want more coverage with no pilling and a velvety finish. It’s sweat and humidity proof so you really can wear it all day. Tested on all skin concerns it is suitable for all skin tones, all ages and all skin types including sensitive skin. We call it an all-rounder, because, well, it’s an all-rounder! For those who prefer a radiant, glowing finish, we recommend Teint Idole Ultra Wear Care & Glow Foundation. Fresh for 24 hours, this medium coverage, buildable glow foundation highlights your features and catches the light naturally. Activated by an 82% glow boosting skincare serum base with hydrating Hyaluronic Acid and smoothing Mandelic Acid which means over time skin is brighter, smoother, and clearer. These two foundation formulas are the bedrock of a foundation wardrobe. Reach for Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation when you want a velvet matte finish and choose Teint Idole Ultra Wear Care & Glow Foundation when you want a luminous glow. Both are long-lasting and packed with skincare benefits.
5. Application is important
Remember the tips above, about applying your full skincare routine and then primer before foundation? Well, these are key, but it’s super important to give your skin time to let these products work, before you apply the next. For example, if you apply moisturiser, primer, foundation all in a big hurry without letting anything settle, it simply won’t work, and you’ll have an uneven mess. So, give yourself time to apply your makeup properly and look in a decent sized mirror ideally beside a source of natural light like a window, so you can see clearly. Focus on the centre of your face to apply foundation and move it gently outwards using your fingertips, a damp sponge or a brush. The crucial element to natural looking makeup is actually blending. So, ensure you work makeup into the skin enough to smooth over imperfections while allowing the foundation to meld with your skin, it should be undetectable and look like your-skin-but-better.
6. Use concealer
Stubborn dark circles? Redness? Dark spots? Blemishes? When you need a little extra coverage, reach for concealer. Choose a formula like Teint Idole Ultra Wear All Over Concealer that will blend smoothly with your foundation for undetectable, comfortable coverage and a flawless finish. The soft doe-foot applicator has a precise tip for carefully hiding blemishes and a flatter side that is ideal for covering dark circles. A hydrating formula and long-lasting coverage make this concealer a makeup bag must-have.
7. Set foundation with powder
Powder has come a long way in the last decade. The latest formulas blur imperfections, give skin dimension and never look cakey. Our loose setting translucent powder Long Time No Shine protects foundation wear and keeps skin looking matte, ideal if you tend to get oily skin by lunchtime. Simply dust over your foundation to set and mattify.
8. Get set for the day with fixing spray
For foundation that lasts even longer we recommend misting on a fixing spray once you have applied all your makeup. As well as keeping foundation perfect, it will work to keep all makeup in place, from eye shadow to lipstick. Our lightweight, mattifying Fix It Forget It Spray is a non-sticky mist that fixes makeup for up to 24 hours, refreshes and provides protection against damaging pollutants too.
What makes the perfect foundation?
Perfect foundation is the one that is best suited to your skin type, needs and lifestyle. We recommend booking a live video consultation with one of our beauty experts to enjoy bespoke advice and find your perfect foundation.
How can I make my face look smooth with foundation?
Start with skincare and ensure your face is cleansed, toned and moisturised before you apply foundation. Then starting in the centre of your face gently smooth foundation outwards using a damp sponge or a foundation brush.
Is it better to apply foundation with a brush or sponge?
It really depends on the look you are aiming to achieve and which tool you prefer to use. Our videos will show you how to apply with a beauty blender and how to apply with a brush. You can also book a live video consultation with one of our beauty experts to receive personalised advice on foundation application.
What is the best way to apply foundation for full coverage?
Layering foundation in the areas you need more coverage will create a natural, seamless look that hides imperfections. For personalised, step-by-step advice book a live video consultation with one of our beauty experts.