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I’ve always played in makeup. Growing up, my grandmother owned a funeral home, and we lived right next door to the business. I remember sales representatives coming over to the house to bring foundation makeup kits for her to sample on her “clients.” She never used all of them so when no one was around, I would sneak the unopened yellow kits into my room to play dress up. That stuff was thicker than putty, but it was fun to play in.
Whenever I see dull, flat, super dry makeup on someone, I immediately think of mortuary makeup. Now, I’m not trying to talk negatively about anyone’s preference for wearing foundation, that’s just how I remember it. Thank goodness, things have evolved quite a bit. A lot of makeup artists are skilled in applying makeup on the deceased to make them appear life-like.
I remember when I first started to wear makeup and because my skin was so oily, I would pile on tons of powder from my Black Opal compact. (I didn’t know any better) My mother would tell me that I looked like I was about to be laid in a casket! It took a while for me to really get what she was saying, but I eventually caught on.
As we age, time blesses our skin with creases, lines, and wrinkles which provides perfect crevices for makeup to settle. Therefore wearing heavy foundation can be quite unflattering, as it draws attention to the very thing we don’t necessarily want to show.
There are strategies to get amazing, lasting coverage without piling on pounds of makeup. Over the years, I’ve experimented quite a bit and have found ways to apply foundation so that it looks natural. If you want to know my top tips for avoiding casket-ready makeup, keep reading.
1. Use Your Fingers
Sometimes I’ll only wear concealer and I prefer to apply it with my fingers. I’ll do the same with my cream foundation at times as well. The warmth of my hands helps the product melt into my skin thus providing a natural finish. The one thing about this technique is you must be sure to blend very well as to not end up with patches or streaks all over your face. It does take a little more time than if you were to use say a synthetic foundation brush, but when done properly, it looks very nice.
2. Use a Fluffy Brush
Using a large powder brush to apply foundation is quick, easy and provides light, even coverage. I do this method if I’m in a rush and just want to quickly even out my skin tone. A fluffy brush doesn’t pick up a lot of product like a tool that is denser will, and it also makes it easier to layer your product.
3. Be Careful With the Powder
Translucent powders are great for reducing shine and mattifying your face. However, they can also be your worst enemy. If you must apply a powder, do so very lightly. I use powder when I get oily, but I don’t use a lot. I’ll tap it into the compact (mine is a pressed powder) tap off any excess and then apply to my face…lightly. The goal isn’t to make my skin dry, but to reduce shine–hope that makes sense. When you use too much, it settles into creases and can make you look cakey, which is never a good look.
Alternatively, if you get oily throughout the day, it could be better to use oil blotters. I have tons of them. And do you know what works? Toilet seat covers. I know it sounds gross, but I used one in a pinch at it was the best thing ever!
4. Use a Damp Sponge
If you have something like a Beauty Blender or Blenderful (what I use), add a little water or primer spray on it; dip the sponge in a bit of product, and press into your skin. When the sponge is damp, it thins out the foundation and provides a dewy, natural finish.
5. Use a Spritz as A Finishing Touch
I love a good face spritz. LimeLife by Alcone has a great one called Time Setter. This one extends the life of your makeup and prevents settling into fine lines and wrinkles. Other than that I like to use rose water or Caudalie’s Grape Water (also great for dampening your sponge). If you find that you went a little overboard with setting powder, sometimes a quick spritz or two will help.
There are other techniques that provide natural-looking makeup. These are just the ones I use the most and are tried and true. If you have any questions or would like to discuss any of the products I mentioned, you can schedule a FREE 30-minute one-on-one consultation here.
All the best always,