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Sam goes to beauty school #1: How to apply the perfect foundation base
A make-up course is something that I’ve always wanted to do, mostly for appearance reasons (I’d love to be able to contour my face properly), but also because being a make-up artist is pretty high on my list of dream jobs (alongside world renowned DJ and zookeeper).
So I decided to take the first step and enroll in a 10-week make-up design and application course at the Artistry of Make-up Academy. The course is one night a week, which allows me to learn some tricks of the trade without sacrificing any time from my full-time job. Perfect!
Sharing is caring so I’ll be posting the top tips that I learn each week on beautyheaven. Unless I become a beauty school drop out, which would then lead to my other dream job, playing Frenchie in Grease.
LESSON #1 HOW TO APPLY THE PERFECT FOUNDATION BASE
TOP TIP #1 The better the canvas, the better the make-up
It seems pretty simple, but one of the most important things for achieving the perfect base is to have healthy skin. So cleansing, toning and moisturising every night is a must.
TOP TIP #2 Match your colour to your face, not your hand
We’re all guilty of testing the colour of foundations on the back of our hand, but that is no way to find an accurate match. To find your true colour, pick two or three shades you think look accurate and then apply them in tiny amounts to multiple areas on your face. If you can’t tell where you applied one of the shades once it’s blended, ding ding you have a winner.
TOP TIP #3 Foundation, concealer, foundation
On the days when I can be bothered to wear concealer, I usually pop it straight on my skin, with foundation over the top. But in make-up class I learnt a new technique: apply foundation first, then concealer on any problem areas, and then foundation back over the concealer areas only (not the entire face). This will ensure both even colour and coverage.
TOP TIP #4 Stipple and dab, don’t wipe
Do you tend to end up with more foundation on your fingers then your face? Or streak lines from your foundation brush? When applying your foundation, use gentle stippling and dabbing motions to ensure better coverage. When you use a wiping motion, you’re essentially wiping off half of what you’re trying to apply.
Have you ever wanted to enroll in a make-up course? What are your tips for applying the perfect foundation base?
Sam is enrolled in a Make-up Design and Application course at the Artistry of Make-up Academy in Sydney.