Nina’s Foundation Class
Pro U.K. Makeup Artist Nina Westbury
When it comes to makeup application, there is one question that Nina Westbury and I get more then any other: foundation. Purchasing the correct shade and applying it properly is a challenge for so many people and with good reason. There are so many different textures, formulas and brands. How does one choose the best one? And when is it time to try a new one? Nina recently hosted a fantastic Twitter chat with some basics of foundations. (@ninawmakeup on Twitter and ninawestbury.com) Here are some of her best tips and explanations:
Cream/creme foundations come in little pots or tubs. These foundations are best suited for dryer and mature skin. They offer a lot of coverage so a little goes a long way. They will leave you with a glow that will last all day.
What is a moisturizing foundation? It’s a foundation that contains an element of skincare ideally suited for dryer skin types. These are also good during colder seasons as dryer air conditions can dry out the skin. You’ll see more moisturizing foundations in the coming months as this is a huge trend in Asia right now.
Liquid foundation is suitable for all skin types. They blend by capturing moisture within the skin. They come in a wide range of shades and are usually packed in tubes or bottles.
What does full coverage foundation do? It allows a little of your skin to show through. It typically contains a higher concentration of pigment which downplays redness and imperfections. It is best applied with a brush or sponge.
Powder foundation is usually applied with a brush or sponge. It is generally best for light to medium coverage. Powder can help absorb oil. Nina keeps powder foundation with her for quick and simple application. It is great to refresh your complexion at the end of the day.
If you are using powder foundation, here are the basic steps: 1 Conceal where needed. 2 Apply your powder foundation with a brush for sheerer coverage in a sweeping movement or sponge with a dabbing motion for heavier application.
If you use a liquid, creme, mousse, spray or stick foundation, apply it first. Then conceal where needed and finish with a powder to set the foundation. The finishing step of applying a translucent setting powder is the secret here. It will set your foundation and keep it in place throughout the day.
Foundation technology has evolved incredibly over the past 2 years. Beauty companies have made big advances on making foundations feel featherlight on skin and shades that flatter complexions. Don’t be afraid to try a new product from time-to-time. You may be amazed at how it feels on your skin.
When you find a foundation you love, buy it in two shades: a lighter and a darker shade. That way you can adjust the shade in summer and winter to match your complexion.
For more beauty tips, follow Nina on Twitter at @ninawmakeup