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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Keeping Foundation & Powder Looking Fresh

First, choose a foundation formula based on your skin type. Oil-free foundation is ideal for oily skin; a creamy formula is for dry skin; and a mineral foundation is best for sensitive or acne-prone skin.

Test foundation in natural light near your jawline. The right color will disappear into skin. Yellow-based shades are more flattering than pink. If you can't find an exact match, buy the two closest shades and mix them in your hand.

If you have oily skin, smooth a pea-size drop of oil-free primer all over your face.

To apply liquid foundation, dot it sparingly along your forehead, nose, chin and across each cheek. Blend the dots with a damp makeup sponge, starting at the center of the face, fanning out. Make sure to smooth it well along your jaw-and hairline.

To make setting powder look natural, apply it only to shiny spots such as your forehead and nose, not all over and use translucent loose powder ( a tinted one can alter the color of your foundation).

Id skin gets shiny during the day, don't add powder. Instead, press with blotting paper.