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How To Apply Foundation To Mature Skin

How To Apply Foundation To Mature Skin

Make-up artist Julia Biddlecombe shows us how to apply foundation to mature skin. This step-by-step guide on how to apply your foundation properly will make you look years younger!

Step 1: You will need

  • Alcohol-free cleansing & toning wipes
  • moisturiser
  • a cotton wool bud
  • some skin primer
  • a good quality liquid foundation that matches your skin tone
  • a latex make-up sponge
  • some liquid highlighter
  • a large powder brush
  • and some light reflecting powder

Step 2: Choosing your foundation

Take care to match your foundation to your skin tone. Test the colour by dabbing a bit onto your cheek or forehead. Choose a shade that compliments your skin.

Step 3: Prepare the skin

Always start by preparing the skin. Use a wipe that cleanses and tones. Then afterwards use a good quality moisturiser that contains sunscreen.

Step 4: Primer

Wait a few minutes for the moisturiser to soak in, and then apply a skin primer. Primers retexturise the skin and make the foundation application smoother, helping it stay on for longer. They are available from most good cosmetic lines.

Step 5: Applying foundation

Dampen the latex sponge slightly before you dip it into the foundation. Remove any excess water. This will prevent the sponge from absorbing all of the foundation.

Shake your foundation. Put a little foundation onto the back of your hand.

Dab onto the forehead, nose, chin and cheeks before smoothing it in with even sweeping movements.

Step 6: Illuminating the skin

Use your fingers to apply liquid highlighter with light reflecting particles to your cheek bones and the bridge of your nose. Blend using your fingertips. This will bring a warm glow to the skin a give it a youthful radiance.

Step 7: Set with powder

Load a large powder brush with some light reflecting powder. Tap it with your finger to remove any excess and then apply a light dusting over your whole face. This will help to 'fix' the foundation and make the skin appear more even. Avoid using powder if the skin feels very dry as it can make the skin look older.