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Foundation How-To
Foundation How-To
Before
After
Step 1
Prep

Step 1
Prep

Before applying foundation, prep your skin with touch of moisturizer to make sure it’s smooth and hydrated.
Step 2
Choose Your Shade

Step 2
Choose Your Shade

Choose your favorite foundation formula, then swatch 2 to 3 shades on the side of your face and on your forehead; the shade that disappears is the correct one for your skin tone. If the foundation looks ashy, it’s too light. If it looks too yellow, it’s too dark.
Step 3
Apply

Step 3
Apply

Foundation should be applied after under eye concealer. Use your fingers, a Foundation Brush or Makeup Sponge to apply foundation. Start around the nose and mouth where skin tends to be red and uneven. For a full-coverage look, apply and blend foundation on the rest of the face.
Step 4
Set

Step 4
Set

For the most polished look—and added staying power—set foundation with a light dusting of face powder. Use a Powder Brush for sheer application and a Powder Puff for more coverage.