Simple (yet incredibly effective) tips for flawless foundation

How To Nail Your Foundation

This is how to get it right

marie claire marie claire Beauty Director / August 03 2018

Nailing your foundation starts with finding the perfect match. Then comes the application. If you're still trying to master a flawless base (don't worry, you're not alone!), make sure you always follow these five steps.


Test before you buy

“Never purchase a foundation until you have seen it on your skin in natural light,” says Grant Power, National Face Designer at Giorgio Armani Cosmetics. “If you like it outdoors, you will like it everywhere.”


Invest in your natural shade

“Don’t buy foundation to make skin look lighter or darker,” advises Power. “Use a bronzer or colour-corrector primer instead.”


Good lighting is key

“Always apply your foundation in the best light available to you,” says Liz Kelsh, makeup expert and ambassador for Max Factor. “If you can't see it, you can't blend it.”


Apply where needed

“For makeup that’s flawless yet natural, only apply extra cover where you need it and keep coverage sheer where your skin is naturally good,” suggests Kelsh.


Less is more

“You should only need one to two pumps of foundation,” says Power. “Start with less and build from there.”

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marie claire Beauty Director, Sally Hunwick joined the marie claire team in 2017. Previously Sally has worked on Cosmopolitan as Beauty and Lifestyle Director, Women’s Health as Contributing Beauty Editor, and Harper's BAZAAR and Dolly as Beauty Writer and Beauty Editor respectively. An award-winning journalist with a long-running career both in Australia and in the UK, Sally is passionate about all things beauty and health.

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