The entire foundation of makeup is based on seamless blending. It may not be possible for every one of us to have poreless, even-toned, and smooth skin naturally. However, if you are successful to learn the art of blending your makeup, you won’t need to fret about your skin woes.
Imagine spending hours applying different kinds of products to enhance your natural features yet ending up with harsh foundation lines, triple stripes of blush, bronzer, and highlighter, and streaky eyeshadow. Doesn’t really sound like a good makeup routine now, does it?
We have made a list of effective tips below highlighting which products you can blend like a pro and how to get the best possible natural makeup look.
Understand the art of buffing your foundation
The main purpose of a foundation is to make your skin look even while lending to it a slow glow and radiance. Now, whether you apply liquid, gel, cream or powder foundation, you need to make sure that the finish looks natural. The best way to ensure this is with the help of certain tools.
You can use makeup brushes, beauty blenders, and even your fingers for this purpose. We would personally suggest using a makeup brush instead of sponges since they can reach every nook and cranny of your face which would otherwise be difficult in case of beauty blenders or fingers.
But then again, you should opt for a makeup tool that you feel comfortable in using. Beauty blenders are still good tools that can help you give a seamless finish provided you remember to dampen it before you apply the product with it.
The idea here is to use small, circular motions to dab the product into your skin making it melt against it instead of letting it sit stiffly on the surface of your face. This will help give you a more flawless and natural look which is exactly what you are aiming for.
Blend in your contour, highlight, and bronzer
With the help of a contour and highlight palette along with a bronzer, you can manipulate the features of your face making it look more svelte and slim. Firstly, you have to understand the correct placement of the products with regard to your face shape and natural features.
In the case of contour, you have to focus on the shadows of your face and simultaneously use a buffing brush to blend in the rough edges. Try to work the product into your skin to make them look more convincing.
At the same time, use a highlighter on the high points of your face like the top of your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, the inner corner of your eyes, and just above your cupid’s bow. This will help create an illusion of a more feline and angular face. When you apply highlighter, make sure that it’s just higher than the blush with a slight overlap so that there are no visible edges.
It is not necessary to use a bronzer if you have already contoured and highlighted your face, but if you do, try to make a “3” shape design on either side of your face. With the help of this technique, you can add the product across your jawline, cheekbones, and the forehead at one go.
A common beauty mistake is to confuse the bronzer to be a contour product. You see, the purpose of the bronzer is to make the sun hit the tops of your cheekbones and not the hollows. Finally, use a big, fluffy brush to dust the bronzer over your skin and make it sheer for that effortless sun-kissed glow.
Blend the blush on the apples of your cheeks
Using a blush can help create a healthy glow on your face as it mimics the rosiness that comes after a great workout.
While applying blush isn’t really that hard, you have to use makeup tools as per the blush formula you have. For example, in the case of powder blushes, using a fan brush or a duo-fiber fluffy brush would be more appropriate. These brushes pick up less product that helps to make your blush application more natural.
Applying cream blushes with a stippling brush would be appropriate for a translucent glow helping the product blend easily into the skin. A stippling brush helps to give a light application while adding just the right amount of color to your cheeks.
Nailing the nuances related to blending
After you have sorted the right makeup tools according to the different makeup products, you should practice perfecting your blending. After all, practice makes perfect. Just remember the golden mantra of a flawless makeup: blend, and then blend some more.
Before you apply foundation or primer to your skin, make sure that you have prepped your face. Prepping the skin is an entire, elaborate process that comes before you use any cosmetics. Start with cleaning your face and if needed, exfoliating it. Follow this by using a toner to make your face squeaky clean and then apply a moisturizer to restore the hydration levels. Remember, your face should not be damp – just well-hydrated and moisturized.
If you don’t prep your skin, no matter whichever brush a beauty blender you use, blending will always be a problem. You will end up with flaky skin and face difficulty in dissolving the products into your skin. Even if you don’t have the time to follow the complete prepping process, always dab a bit of moisturizer or cream before you apply your foundation. The easy application will also save a lot of time.
Finally, after you have completed your make-up routine, spritz your face with a setting spray to help lock in your makeup making it last longer. There are also various setting spray formulas that can have an illuminating or mattifying effect (depending on what you prefer) on your face after you have sprayed it on.