You Are Most Likely Making These Most Common Foundation Mistakes!

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Committing some of the most common foundation mistakes can make you look tired and old even if you are in your early 20s!

As the base of your makeup look, your foundation is the most essential item in your makeup bag. It can instantly lift your complexion, give you a flawless skin and make you appear less tired. But committing some of the most common foundation mistakes can do just the opposite. 

It can either make you look old and cakey. Not to forget, the wrong colour can turn you into the walking dead!

9 Most Common Foundation Mistakes You Can Totally Avoid!

Luckily, you can avoid making nine of the most common foundation mistakes with our pro tips. So that the next time you go foundation hunting, you make an informed decision. 

1. Choosing the wrong foundation 

Before buying your foundation, it's important for you to know your skin type. Do you have an oily complexion? Then you should buy foundations that are non-comedogenic (that do not clog your pores) and preferably water-based. You can try the M.A.C Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation (S$62).  

If you have sensitive skin, you should look for mineral-based formulas that are free from fragrances and preferably organic. You can opt for the L’Oreal Paris True Match Mineral Foundation (S$27.14).

And, if your skin is dry, pick a cream-based moisturising foundation like the Revlon ColorStay Makeup (S$12.8).

2. Picking the wrong shade 


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A common mistake most Asian women make is to buy a shade lighter than their skin tone. Let us tell you the truth ladies- this trick does not improve your complexion!. In fact, it does quite the opposite. 

But you avoid this mistake by testing the colours on your jawline instead of your hands. The colour of your wrist or your palm is not the same as your face and when you go out to test, you'll have to do it on your face. 

Your exact match should disappear and you shouldn't be able to tell if you're wearing any foundation. When you test your foundation, also make sure to head out into the sunlight. This is because department lights are harsh and do not reflect the exact colour. 

3. Skipping the primer 

When you are a busy girl on-the-go, it's tempting to skin the very first step of your makeup routine- applying the primer. But it's actually the most crucial step if you want a flawless base, even if you opt for light coverage. 

It makes your foundation and all the other makeup products on your face last way longer and will prevent your foundation from creasing. We recommend that you opt for a silicone-based primer such as the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer (S$42.94). 

4. Applying the foundation before your moisturiser has dried

We get it. You're a busy girl and can't be bothered with drying one layer of makeup after the other. But your skin needs proper moisturisation before you slather on layers after layers.

So the best way to solve this issue is to spritz some makeup primer water onto your face that dries down within minutes. 

We recommend the Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix (S$40.26) and Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray (S$42.94).

5. Applying layers of foundation

Any makeup artist worth his salt can vouch for the importance of a thin layer of foundation. This, by the way is true even if you have scars or freckles. Because building layers of foundation is better than caking your face at once.

To hide your scars, first prepare a smooth base by gently scrubbing off dead skin. Use a spot treatment like the Kiehl's Blue Herbal Spot Treatment (S$24.15) and then slather on a moisturiser.

Dot a bit of concealer like the Maybelline Instant Age-Rewind Eraser (S$19) and blend it with your fingers. You won't even need a foundation if you followed these steps to a tee.   

6. Applying it without tools


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Yes, it's faster and easier to use your fingers to quickly apply your creams and foundations. But if you're going for the flawless finish, that's not the way to go about it.

Instead, use a makeup sponge like the EcoTools Total Perfecting Blender (S$8.05) for the perfect base. 

You can also use cruelty-free makeup brushes with synthetic bristles and blend the foundation using circular motions. Either way, using these tools will allows you to pick up much less product and create a smooth base.    

7. Using an incorrect formula 

The idea behind using a foundation is to create a smooth canvas so you can maintain an even complexion. But if you use the wrong formula for your skin type you can age yourself by many years. 

For instance, if you have dry and flaky skin and you use a matte formula, your makeup look with age you. Similarly, if you have oily skin and you sue dewy foundations, you'll have that 4pm shine at 11 am!

So opt for hydrating, mineral-based products that enrich your skin by providing essential nutrients and even out your complexion. Look for a version that contains moisturising glycerin and/or hyaluronic acid so your skin looks plump and supple for a long time. 

8. Using a concealer before your foundation 

Yes, it's true that there are no rules in makeup. But following just a few basic ones can save you from looking cakey and your under eyes becoming ashy as the day goes by. 

The skin under and around your eyes is the most sensitive. Therefore, it needs all the TLC you can give. But when you cake one heavy layer (concealers are mostly heavier than foundations) and then add another to the mix, it will crease and enhance your lines and dark circles.

Instead, apply a light concealer over your foundation and dab it with your fingers as opposed to tugging it with tools. This way you avoid making one of the most common foundation mistakes. 

9. Forgetting the neck 

If you are applying a full face of makeup, but forget to cover the neck then you might end up looking like a deer in the headlights. Your face is lighter than your neck and if you add a foundation that is the same colour as your face, it'll enhance the deeper shade of your neck. And, resultantly make your face look super odd and white. 

Always remember to blend your foundation down your neck so your skin tone looks even. You can use your makeup tools to do the job and pull the foundation down as you go about applying it. 

While these are the most common foundation mistakes, they are also the worst ones and can make you look more mature and aged. So the next time you go foundation shopping, remember to keep these points in mind. 

Happy shopping! 

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Written by

Deepshikha Punj