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Back to the basics: Foundation

With new products constantly being launched into the market it can be easy to get caught up and forget what the basic purpose of a product is.

Foundation should be applied after cleansing, moisturising and priming your skin. It can be applied with your fingers, a foundation brush or a sponge. For best results start off with less foundation than you think you need and gradually add more.

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What is a face primer?

Face primers are fantastic, and even though I don’t wear one every time I do my makeup (if I’m wearing tinted moisturiser/bb cream I’ll usually skip it)if I need my makeup to look flawless I’ll usually use one. Don’t be fooled into thinking they are just another product to buy so brands can get more money, they are much more than that.

In short, primers are fantastic products that you apply after you’ve cleansed and moisturised your skin but before you apply any coverage products like foundation or concealer. Majority of primers are designed to help make your makeup last a lot longer and smooth over the surface of the skin so your makeup applies evenly. For tips on how to apply primer, check out my video below.


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The Best Tools for Applying Foundation

Fingers
When it comes to the application of foundation - fingers are one of (if not) the best tools. (Clean) Fingers are great for applying foundation as the warmth helps to blend the product into the skin easier - resulting in a seamless finish. Smooth your liquid foundation over your skin using your fingertips (as you would with your moisturiser) for a natural, dewy finish.
Foundation Brush
A flat foundation brush is fantastic for applying liquid and cream foundation onto the skin and generally tends to give great coverage. Using a “painting” motion and short, light strokes will help give you a finish that looks like your skin, but so much better. The bonus? This brush can be used for just about any cream or liquid face product.
Try: Beau-Make by Abbamart Cream Base Brush
Foundation Sponge
If used right a foundation sponge can be fantastic for applying foundation onto the skin to give an airbrushed finish. Use a small amount of liquid or cream foundation on a large foundation sponge and use a “bouncing” motion on the skin, if you need more coverage than add another layer using the same technique.
Try: Beauty Blender Sponge
Kabuki Brush
If you’re a lover of mineral or powder foundations then this one is for you. A kabuki brush is ideal for “buffing” mineral foundations into the skin and the short handle allows you to get closer to the face, allowing for more control. If you’re not a lover of powder foundation brushes don’t write this brush off just yet; spritz it with a little hydrating mist and buff your liquid or cream foundation into the skin for a dewy finish.
Try: E.L.F Studio Kabuki Face Brush

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The Best Tools for Applying Foundation

Fingers

When it comes to the application of foundation - fingers are one of (if not) the best tools. (Clean) Fingers are great for applying foundation as the warmth helps to blend the product into the skin easier - resulting in a seamless finish. Smooth your liquid foundation over your skin using your fingertips (as you would with your moisturiser) for a natural, dewy finish.

Foundation Brush

A flat foundation brush is fantastic for applying liquid and cream foundation onto the skin and generally tends to give great coverage. Using a “painting” motion and short, light strokes will help give you a finish that looks like your skin, but so much better. The bonus? This brush can be used for just about any cream or liquid face product.

Try: Beau-Make by Abbamart Cream Base Brush

Foundation Sponge

If used right a foundation sponge can be fantastic for applying foundation onto the skin to give an airbrushed finish. Use a small amount of liquid or cream foundation on a large foundation sponge and use a “bouncing” motion on the skin, if you need more coverage than add another layer using the same technique.

Try: Beauty Blender Sponge

Kabuki Brush

If you’re a lover of mineral or powder foundations then this one is for you. A kabuki brush is ideal for “buffing” mineral foundations into the skin and the short handle allows you to get closer to the face, allowing for more control. If you’re not a lover of powder foundation brushes don’t write this brush off just yet; spritz it with a little hydrating mist and buff your liquid or cream foundation into the skin for a dewy finish.

Try: E.L.F Studio Kabuki Face Brush

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How to Contour your face. Contouring tutorial using cream and powder formulas.

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Makeup for Dry Skin

If you’re a dry skin sufferer make-up can be a challenge. It’s either too matte, not matte enough, cakey, flaky, drying, shimmery or it just doesn’t look natural. Don’t fret yet because I’m about to share with you my top tips for make-up application on dry skin.

Skin:

There’s only so much make-up can do, so having a good skin care routine is essential. To wake up with well moisturised and healthy skin, opt for creamy oil-based cleansers, rich treatment oils and antioxidant-packed moisturisers in the evening. You can also use a gentle exfoliant and a hydrating gel-based facial mask twice a week.

Base:
In my opinion primers are a must. They keep make-up staying for longer and ‘set the mood’ for the rest of your make-up. For dry skin, use a moisturising formula like Face of Australia Face Base Primer or an illuminating primer like Benefit That Gal. Apply primer with your fingers and allow it to absorb fully for two minutes so your make-up doesn’t end up patchy.If you are short on time, you can blot off excess primer with one ply of tissue.
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Makeup for Dry Skin

If you’re a dry skin sufferer make-up can be a challenge. It’s either too matte, not matte enough, cakey, flaky, drying, shimmery or it just doesn’t look natural. Don’t fret yet because I’m about to share with you my top tips for make-up application on dry skin.

Skin:

There’s only so much make-up can do, so having a good skin care routine is essential. To wake up with well moisturised and healthy skin, opt for creamy oil-based cleansers, rich treatment oils and antioxidant-packed moisturisers in the evening. You can also use a gentle exfoliant and a hydrating gel-based facial mask twice a week.

Base:

In my opinion primers are a must. They keep make-up staying for longer and ‘set the mood’ for the rest of your make-up. For dry skin, use a moisturising formula like Face of Australia Face Base Primer or an illuminating primer like Benefit That Gal. Apply primer with your fingers and allow it to absorb fully for two minutes so your make-up doesn’t end up patchy.If you are short on time, you can blot off excess primer with one ply of tissue.

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Makeup Products for Beginners

Drugstore Makeup Products for Newbies.The best basic drugstore products for beginners (and multi-tasking products)

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How to use Bronzer
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If you are coming into summer and wanting to enhance tanned skin and a gorgeous glow or wanting a pick me up for dreary winter skin then bronzing is the way to go.
Formula
There are more formulas out on the market nowadays than regular powder and they can create many different results and shade the face in a unique way.

Powder: The most traditional formula and generally the easiest to work with. Can have a tendency to appear muddy and uneven on the skin and can often oxidize on oily skin (changing it into an unsightly orange shade) I love Benefit Hoola Bronzer, NARS Laguna Bronzer, *Covergirl Clean Bronzing Powder, *Essence Sun Club Matte Bronzing Powder
Cream: Trickiest to apply as creams are usually high pigment formulas, if blended correctly they produce the most seamless result.
Gel: Better than cream for beginners and much easier to apply. Gel formulas are generally quite sheer so blend into the skin easily and make it easy to fix results. I love *Bobbi Brown All Over Bronzing Gel

Finish
As important as the formula of bronzer is, knowing which finish to use is also essential. As a general rule Matte bronzers are usually the way to go.
Matte: Perfect for bronzing the face without being overly obvious. The best finish to use and suitable for all skintones and types.
Shimmer: Can often appear unnatural on the skin and the shimmer reflects light so fails to make your face look slimmer. Medium to dark skintones can wear shimmer, but it is generally best to stick with matte finishes. 

Colour
When it comes to the shade of bronzer there is one universal rule: never use an orange based bronzer (they never look natura) Bronzers usually don’t come in shades for all skintones so a foundation/powder in two to three shades darker than your skintone is the best way to go. The two best bronzers I’ve found that suit most skintones are Benefit Hoola and NARS Laguna

Light Skintones: Stick with light bronzers with no shimmer. Ideally opt for a bronzer with neutral tones and a hint of red or pink. Try: Benefit Hoola, *Covergirl Clean Bronzer in Spices, Essence Sun Club Bronzing Powder for Blondes
Medium Skintones: A brown bronzer with a touch of red or pink in the base and no shimmer is ideal. Try: NARS Laguna, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, Hard Candy SO BAKED Bronzer in Hula Hula
Dark Skintones: A dark, red based bronzer is best, one with a hint of shimmer can be used. Try: ELF Studio Baked Bronzer in Los Cabos, Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Dark.
Very Dark Skintones: The darkest shade of bronzer available should be used, bronzer often doesn’t show up on very dark skin so opt for one with shimmer or just use highlighter instead. Try: Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc Golden Mosaic, Covergirl Queen Natural HUE Bronzer in Ebony Bronze

Application
Application of bronzer can be a tricky thing, when using bronzer we are trying to create that sunkissed glow not trying to contour the face. With the right tools and the right application technique you can get yourself a holiday glow in no-time.
For Powder: Use an angled contour brush.
For Cream: Use a synthetic contour brush, a foundation brush or your fingers.
For Gel: Use a buffing brush or your fingers.
If you find bronzer just looks funny on your skin try using a bronzing primer, a bronzing BB Cream (try *Bourjois Bronzing BB Cream)  or mixing a pea sized amount of gel bronzer in with your foundation (I love mixing bronze illuminators in with my foundation as they make the skin look glowy and bronzed, I love *Benefit Sun Beam, NARS Laguna Illuminator and Stila All Over Liquid Luminizer in Bronze)


As a general rule the best way to apply bronzer is in a “3” shape, this way bronzer is applied where the sun naturally kisses your skin. Apply the bronzer around the hairline, the temples, under the cheekbones and around the jawline & chin. Always use the smallest strokes and use brushes gently to avoid applying too much product on the skin. If you go over the top with bronzer use a small amount of foundation that matches your skintone on a foundation or stippling brush to tone down the colour.


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How to use Bronzer

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Whether you’re in the Southern or Northern Hemisphere you’re about to jump into a new season and it’s time to make some changes. It’s  important to make quite a few changes in your skincare to keep your skin in tip-top shape, but it’s also a good idea to swap a few things around in your makeup bag.
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Face
Winter: In winter skin tends to look drier and lack luster so a light to medium coverage foundation is generally best at hiding minor imperfections, for any other imperfections use a good concealer. For winter you may need to change your foundation & concealer to a lighter shade so that it perfectly matches your skintone. If you have oily skin ensure you set the oiliest areas of your face with some translucent powder on a powder puff. Try: Revlon Colorstay Foundation, Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer, Essence Translucent Mattifying Face Powder,  *Ultraceuticals Mattifying Daily Moisturiser SPF 30+ (sunscreen should be worn everyday in every season to prevent skin damage.
Summer: ‘Tis the season to ditch heavy, full coverage foundations and embrace your natural skin. Switch to a BB Cream or tinted moisturiser instead of foundation (if you have really great skin just stick to concealer) It’s also a good idea to use a foundation & concealer in a shade darker for Summer as skintones generally turn slightly darker.  Powders have a tendency to oxidize with oils on the skin and as skin tends to be oilier in the summer time it’s better to go for a setting spray instead of a powder. Try:  Missha Skin Perfect BB Cream, Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, *Ultraceuticals Mattifying Daily Moisturiser SPF 30+ (sunscreen should be worn everyday in every season to prevent skin damage.
Cheeks
Winter: High pigment powder and cream blushes are fantastic for giving skin that real rosy glow in the winter time (try a cream blush in a berry shade applied with a stippling blush for winter-kissed cheeks) Swap a dark, shimmery bronzer for just a hint of contouring under the cheekbones and around the hairline. A pinky illuminator will help add a pick me up to dreary winter skin. Try: Bourjois Baked Blush, ELF Studio HD Cream Blushes, Revlon PhotoReady SkinLights Illuminator in Pink Light.
Summer: As the weather heats up and we become more active our makeup becomes very prone to fading so instead of high pigment blushes opt for a sheer cheek stain (which can also double up as a lip colour) Use a powder bronzer with minimal shimmer (or a gel bronzer, I like *Bobbi Brown All Over Bronzing Gel)  and apply in a “3” motion (around the hairline & temples, under the cheekbones and down near the jawline) for a sun-kissed glow (bonus points for adding a champagne toned illuminator on your cheekbones)  Try: Benefit Cheek & Lip Tints, Benefit Hoola, *Bobbi Brown All Over Bronzing Gel, Stila All Over Liquid Luminizer in Kitten

Eyes
Winter: It’s the perfect time to experiment with makeup. Loads of lashes, smoky eyes, winged eyeliner, cut creases and glitter, nothing is too much (except maybe a full eyelid of winged eyeliner or frosty blue eyeshadow)
Summer: Keep the eyes clean of jet black mascara and opt for a clear mascara which can be wiggled through the roots of curled lashes and brushed through the brows to give your makeup a fresher edge. If you insist on eyeliner and eyeshadow opt for either a hint of brown eyeliner smudged in between the lashes (or a nude shade on your waterline) and a dusting of bronze eyeshadow over the eyelids. Try: Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara, Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

Lips
Winter: Dark berries, plums, reds, wines,  mahogany’s and burgundy’s with blue undertones in matte formulas get a big tick and are a definite must for winter. Either use a fantastic matte lipstick, a mattifying lipstick base or after applying lipstick place a tissue over your lips and dust a small amount of translucent powder over it  to achieve the matte look. Dark, matte shades tend to be quite high maintenance so having well hydrated lips and using a matching lip liner underneath are essential. If you want to amp it up a little more dab a blue toned illuminator onto the center of your lips to make lips look larger and add an unexpected twist. Try: MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick, *Australis Mattifying Lipstick Base
Summer: Dark, matte formulas may look luxurious, but in the summer time it’s better to go for something a little less high maintenance. Instead, opt for bright creamy lipsticks, sheer tinted lip balms and stains. Try:  Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters, Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balms, Benefit Cheek & Lip Tints.

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*This post contains a product/sample which was sent to me for editorial consideration in accordance with my disclosure policy. This post also contains affiliate links. This does not alter the honesty of this review or this blog, all opinions stated are honest and my own

Whether you’re in the Southern or Northern Hemisphere you’re about to jump into a new season and it’s time to make some changes. It’s  important to make quite a few changes in your skincare to keep your skin in tip-top shape, but it’s also a good idea to swap a few things around in your makeup bag.

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Should you Smile when applying Blush?

I’m Judge Makeup Tips and  I’m about to bust you for believing one of the biggest beauty myth’s out; you now have the right to relax your face.

"To apply blush just smile and put it on the apples of your cheeks" she said. A lot of the time people are so confused on where to apply blush that they believe what they want to believe. Applying blush whilst smiling to the "apples" of the cheeks can actually drag your face down.

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