Beginner Beauty- Foundation Routine

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Welcome to the first post in the Beginner Beauty Series. This would have to be my favorite part of doing my makeup which is my Foundation Routine. To me this is the most crucial and important first step in learning how to do your makeup. Many people have trouble with their foundation routine. Not knowing what is your right shade, which is the best way to apply it and what else comes in a foundation routine besides the foundation. Today I will be explaining to you what you should products you should have to have a completed foundation routine.

First and foremost picking out your right shade. If you are just starting out then you must have many questions on how to find your correct shade. It may be hard at first but there are some tips you can use to help you find your correct shade.

  • Going into a Sephora store or local drugstore to get your shade matched by a professional
  • Trying out samples of different shades
  • Taking a shade and matching it to your neck
The most important key note you will always have to remember in picking out a foundation is to make sure it blends in with your neck. If you your body is a different color from your face and you choose a foundation that matches your face then you will look like you have two tones and you DO NOT want that. Making sure that your foundation matches your neck and body is the best thing you can do. You want to make sure that you have one color and it blends well all together. In many drugstores they will let you return your items if you do not match them. My tip is when your picking out your shade take a little bit of the foundation and rub it on to your neck. If the colors match then that is your shade. Many people have other ways of testing it out, but that method has worked for me many times. Also if you do go to a store and get your shade matched by a professional they will usually give you a list of your shade in various foundations, if they do hold on to it . You have many options in foundations from drugstore to high end. But I have yet to try out any high end foundations so all of mine are drugstore but that is fine. There are many great drugstore foundations and now they are coming out with even more which is great. So this is perfect for you beginners by getting your foundations at the drugstore, they are very inexpensive and many of them have great coverage and blend out very well. I also find that to me drugstore foundations give me the most natural look and that is what I love the most about them.
My favorite foundations at the moment are:
Maybelline Better Skin
Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless, Dewy and Smooth
L’Oréal Infallible Pro Matte
Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1
As for concealer you can choose to have one or two shades. For color correcting you can find a concelear that matches your skin tone to hide your dark under eye cirlces. As for highlighting the concelear can be one or two shades lighter than your natural skin tone. If you go to light then you will have an extreme white cast which you don’t want. So make sure you go only one or two shades lighter. There are many great concealers out there so you will have plenty of options to choose from.
My favorite concealer of all time has to be the LA GIRL Pro Conceal. I have mine in the shade Toffee. That concealer is absolutely amazing it hides dark circles very well and it also great for highlighting. You can find these everywhere now and it is super affordable. Another concealer I have recently been loving is the Maybelline Better Skin concealer. That one is amazing as well. Its not too thick or watery and it blends out very well which is a plus. Both are drugstore products and amazing. Both of these concealers blend out great with either a brush or sponge.

Below I have products that complete a typical foundation routine. Having these products will help to make sure that your routine is complete. All of the products for my routine will be listed at the end. The items you will need to have for your routine are:

 

  • Moisturizer – to help hydrate your skin before foundation
  • Primer- to help your foundation have a base to hold on to and to help your foundation to apply smoothly
  • Foundation – to apply on your face for coverage to hide any imperfections you may have
  • Concealer – to color correct, hide dark circles and to highlight
  • Setting Powder – one for setting your foundation to help the foundation last and a powder to set your concealer so it will not crease
  • Foundation Brush or Sponge – to apply your foundation
  • Powder Brush, Setting brush – to set your foundation and concealer
  • Setting Spray- to set and lock in your foundation to help the coverage last

 

Many of products are from the drugstore for the exception of one but I will link down an alternate product you can find in the drugstore.

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Now I will show you guys my updated foundation routine.

Here is my bare face with no foundation or primer on.

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Next I applied primer on the areas where I get the most oily and the rest of my face to help my foundation go on smoothly. I used the benefit porefessional as my primer.

Next I apply my LA Girl concealer to correct my under eye and hide my dark circles.
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This is how my under eyes look when I blend my concealer out. The brush I used to blend out my concealer is the Jessup large concealer brush, you can also use a beauty blender or any beauty sponge you own.

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Next taking my foundation on the back of my hand, I dot some of the product all over my face. I only use one layer but if you feel you need more once you blend it out you can go back and add more. But for me one layer does the job and it looks more natural.

Here I am showing you the tool I use to blend out my foundation and it is the Morphe M439 Deluxe Buffer brush. I am starting to love this brush more for blending out my foundation than my beauty blender. It makes my foundation look so natural I have not stopped using since I have gotten it. When you are blending it out make sure that you buff your foundation into the skin. What I mean by that is taking your brush and pushing the product into the skin. By pushing it in you get more coverage and if you swipe you will just be moving the product around and you won’t get the best coverage. So always remember to buff in first and then you can lightly blend it all in.

Here we have my foundation all blended out.

Next, I go in with my Maybelline SuperStay concealer to highlight my under eye area. I place my concealer in upside down triangle way because I want that portion of the under eye area to look lifted. I then take my large concealer brush again and with tapping motions going from the inner corner of my eye to the outter part of my temple I blend out the concealer.

Here you can see the difference it makes when highlighting. My Right eye looks more alive than my left. You look more awake and your face looks brighter.

Once I have both eyes done, I will go ahead and set my under eyes with my Anastasia contour powder in the shade Peaches n Cream. Doing this helps to set the concealer from creasing. An alternative product you can use is the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder or the Ruby Kisses banana powder. The brush I use is the Jessup Tapered face brush.

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Then to set my entire face, I will take my Jessup large powder brush and set my foundation with my Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in the shade transparent. This powder is great for setting because it is transparent to it will not add any extra color to your face and it does not give you a white cast which I love.

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Here is my entire face set with both powders,

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Once my I am done with my foundation routine I will go ahead and move on to blush, contour, highlighting, and lips. But that is not the final step to the routine. The final step comes after all of that. Taking your favorite setting spray, you will hold it about 6 inches away from your face and spray. Using a setting spray will lock in all of your makeup. This step insures that your makeup will last longer and all day. My current favorite setting spray is the L’Oréal Infallible Setting Spray.

 

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And here we have our end result a flawless, natural foundation routine.

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I hope you all enjoyed this first post in the Beginner Beauty Series. May this routine be very helpful to all of you beginners. It is very easy if you just take your time and follow the steps you can also achieve a natural and flawless foundation application.

For any questions please ask me I will be happy to answer any questions you may have. The next post in the series will be all about eyebrows so stay tuned.

 

Until Next Time Dolls !!

Xoxo__ Kris !!

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Products Used:

Nivea Soft Moisturizing Crème – Moistrurizer

Benefit POREfessional – Primer

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin – Foundation in the shade Coconut

Maybelline SuperStay Better Concealer – Concealer in the shade Deep

LA GIRL Pro Conceal – Concealer in the shade Toffee

Anastaia Beverly Hills Contour Kit – Medium-Tan Shade used Peaches n Cream

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder – Setting Powder

Ruby Kisses Powder – Loose Powder in the shade Banana

L`Oreal Infallible Setting Spray – Setting Spray

Jessup 15pc Brush Set Black and Gold – Jessup Large Concealer Brush, Jessup Large Powder Brush, Jessup Tapered Face Brush

Morphe Brush – M439 Deluxe Buffer Brush

 

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