Women Talk: Facial Foundation and Powder

April 10, 2011 by FX777222999  
Published in Makeup

Good make-up begins with an even, well-applied base, and this is produced by careful use of foundation and powder. The foundation provides the background tone and color, and the powder used to set the foundation so that it doesn’t streak or smear.

The coloring of your foundation and powder is very important, and should match your own natural skin tones.  If your skin is very white, or pink and white, you can use pale foundations with a tan, honey, or pink tint.  If your skin tones are more sallow, or suntanned, go for tan, beige, olive, or occasional peach shades – pink tints will look unnatural on your skin.  If your skin is black or very dark, you can get away with dark tones of browns and reds.


            Always test the color of foundation or powder on your face rather than on your hand, as the tones are very different.  If cosmetics are too light they will make your face look mask-like; if they are too dark they will give it an unhealthy all-over flush.  Remember that this is only a base to even out skin tones; color and shading can be applied later.


Note: Start with absolutely clean skin.  Your make-up will look better and last longer.




            Foundations come in several forms.  Liquid foundation, in bottles, gives a light coverage and is suitable for fine and young skins in good condition.  Most foundations are slightly thicker and come in tubes or pots – these are easier to apply, and give a more substantial coverage.  Solid foundations, which come in cake form, are really only needed for badly blemished skin, for instance a face scarred by acne.


            Your face should be very clean and grease-free before you apply foundation; if there are any traces of oiliness, apply an astringent lotion first.  To avoid clogging the pores with foundation, apply a moisturizer first; allow 5-10 minutes for this to be fully absorbed before you apply your foundation.  Put a blob of foundation in the palm of one hand, or on the back of the hand, and use clean fingers or a dampened sponge to apply the foundation in even strokes to one part of the face at a time.


Note: Apply make-up in a natural light whenever possible.  This way you can spot any flaws and blend make-up more perfectly.

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25 Responses to “Women Talk: Facial Foundation and Powder”
  1. Rhodora Bande Says:

    I rarely use make-up, but will remember the tips you gave.

  2. Dee Gold Says:

    thanks for the tips

  3. Eunice Tan Says:

    Good advice for women.

  4. mtrguanlao Says:

    Hmmm..you’re great Sir Fx,you seem to know all women stuffs! Great tips! Honestly,I’m not used to wearing make-ups,hehe!

  5. iva75cpb Says:

    Thanks for sharing these nice helpful tips.

  6. DR.VNS Says:

    useful tips

  7. Dreamy777 Says:

    Thanks for the great information

  8. galore Says:

    nice share

  9. cyrenjan Says:

    Nice tips. I love it simple. I don’t get to use make up though I know I need a lighter shade at least.

  10. gaby7 Says:

    Great share!

  11. joan retiro Says:

    I do not use make up that often but you have shared useful tips, Sir. I’ll take note of those, then.:-)

  12. papaleng Says:

    Pwede.. as in pwede ka ng maging make-up artist Sir..

  13. Brewed Coffee Says:

    Ang galing! You discuss it like a real pro make up artist hehehe….you know more about it than I do since I rarely wear make up. Liquid foundations are nice. Suits me when I do need to apply make up. :-)

  14. Ruby Hawk Says:

    good info, I tried some new foundation looking in the bathroom mirror and my other half thought I was sick when he saw me. After taking a look by the window, I went right back and removed it. I looked like a ghost.

  15. Phoenix Montoya Says:

    Very useful in the future, thanks :)

  16. Tulan Says:

    good information, thanks.

  17. LCM Linda Says:

    Helpful tips for women who have to apply makeup.

  18. leannehume Says:

    Very informative article, I am a makeup artist so I found this piece very useful Thank you

  19. anndavey650 Says:

    Another great girly share… I do love my foundation *Grins*

  20. LadyElena Says:

    Great Advice – I like your lady articles.

  21. KittyK Says:

    Finding a good foundation and make-up product is really essential. Interestingly enough, foundation and make-up is very protective of the skin, especially when in the sun, wind or other elements. Most foundations provide moisturizers which also enhance the skin.

  22. vijayanths Says:

    Interesting info.

  23. CA Johnson Says:

    I have sensitive skin so I do not wear makeup too much, but your tips are excellent.

  24. youthinksokiddo Says:

    this is perfect, i need to print this and tape it to my mirror.

  25. sanaahmed Says:

    good share

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