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5 Upgraded Foundation Hacks You Absolutely Must Know!

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We all know that the secret to beautiful makeup is a flawless base. If you’ve got your base right, you can get away with so much! Besides, don’t we all want perfect skin? If we don’t have it, then we can at least mimic it, right?

So here are 5 cool foundation hacks that you absolutely need to know.


1. Cleanse + Moisturise

Of course, you want to start with a freshly cleansed face. So, cleanse, tone, and moisturise with your daily moisturiser. If you have dry skin, you want something super buttery and emollient. If you have oily skin, then an oil-free formula will give you a smooth canvas. Moisturisers work as primers too, so you’ll have that double layer of primer. Make sure you use a basic moisturiser that doesn’t peel, brighten, or mattify your skin. You can go over that with a sunscreen during the day. Check out Kaushal’s GRWM above for details on pre-makeup skincare.


2. Prime

Priming is of utmost importance, especially if you’ve applied sunscreen. And yes, despite using moisturiser, you absolutely need to wear sunscreen. Again, pick a primer that is suitable for your skin type. If you’ve got oily skin, choose one that makes your skin matte. If you’ve got dry skin, pick something that has a dry oil or cream consistency. Silicone-based primers work super well with oily skin, but they can work for dry skin too if there’s sufficient moisturiser underneath.


3. Colour-Correct Before Foundation

In case you’re still confused about colour correcting, watch the video above and read my breakdown below. Orange corrects dark spots and blue/green pigmentation. If your pigmentation and veins are too intense, then you can opt for a red corrector, although it’s a little risky to blend out. Green corrects redness that can’t be covered by foundation. Yellow can also cover milder redness, but it’s the best for purple pigmentation under the eyes. Purple brightens up and corrects sallow skin or yellow bruising. A lot of correctors are available as a mix of yellow and orange, and usually have high coverage. Try a couple of options, then pick the right palette or corrector shade for you.


4. The Life-Changing Dry Skin Trick

If you’ve got dry skin or mature skin, then mix 2-3 drops of oil into your foundation. Yes, oil. Make sure the oil is either a face oil, Rose Hip seed oil, or cold-pressed Argan oil. If you’re opting for this method, use a silicone-based foundation and not a water-based foundation, as oil and water don’t mix well together. Most foundations in the market are silicone-based.


5. The Life-Changing Oily Skin Hack

For those of you with oily skin like me, here’s what to do: apply powder first! This works with a translucent powder only, so avoid compact foundations and try using either a yellow or white translucent powder. Colour-correcting translucent powders work fine, but you want to avoid ones with skin-coloured pigment. Don’t forget to cleanse, moisturise, and prime first, as per usual. Next, go in by dabbing translucent powder all over the face and then start with your correcting step. Your foundation step will come next, unless you use colour correctors. Next, dab on concealer, and then add a tiny amount of compact or translucent powder on top of these layers, just along your oily t-zone. This works like magic!


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