If you are working on makeup with an accent on the skin, your focus will always be on the well-applied base and main tone. But in fact, this point is the main one in any make-up: if you overdo it with a foundation or miss important nuances during its application, then the results of your further work are unlikely to justify themselves. How to avoid the “second person” effect and achieve a tone according to all the rules of no makeup makeup - we figured out together with the national Lancôme makeup artist Ekaterina Ponomareva.
Step # 1: Cleanse with tonic
Before you start applying the tone, it is important to carry out a delicate facial cleansing. To do this, choose a toner depending on your skin type. For dry, options are suitable without the addition of alcohol-containing components - based on thermal water or flower hydrolyte. They can be enriched with natural oils that will leave the skin soft and hydrated. Such a composition will help to delicately cleanse dry skin without aggravating its condition.
For skin prone to irritation, an excellent solution would be a tonic containing the following components: panthenol, allantoin, plant extracts. For normal skin, products based on fruit acids and vitamin complexes are suitable. They have a light peeling effect and help deeply cleanse the pores.
Experts advise owners of oily and oily skin to turn to products based on mineral powder, natural antiseptics, plant extracts and essential oils. Fatty toners may also contain a little alcohol, and strong-acting products contain salicylic, glycolic, and lactic acids.
Step # 2: hydrate and nourish
For this step, use a moisturizer with the lightest texture that is quickly absorbed and does not weigh down the skin. If you are creating a tone for the whole day, then moisturizing with a product that is too dense, oily texture will ruin your makeup within a few hours after its creation. If you are in doubt about choosing the right cream, a serum is an excellent way out. Depending on the type and condition of the skin, you can even use oil, but the main thing here is not to overdo it, otherwise a shiny coating on the face will not be long in coming.
Step # 3: Working with the base
A make-up base, or primer, is hugely popular: it evens and brightens the skin, prolongs the hold of the make-up and works well with the T-zone (read also: "The base of the foundations: how the primer really works and if you need it"). For dry skin, choose a primer with moisturizing ingredients, for oily and oily skin - a primer with a matting effect, for sensitive skin - a product with the simplest, understandable composition for you, and for mature skin - with antioxidants and nourishing ingredients.
If you are struggling with acne, but are not ready to part with your makeup, we recommend choosing primers with salicylic acid, vitamins E and A, which will increase the intensity of the regenerative processes in the skin and provide deep hydration. In the case of acne, avoid formulations with oils and parabens: such products will quickly clog pores and aggravate the dermis.
Step # 4: Apply foundation
Before you start applying the foundation, make sure that you are not mistaken with the tone (as practice shows, this is the mistake girls make most often). To test, choose a place with daylight, take a little of the product on your fingertips and apply it along the top of the cheekbones and the bottom line from the chin to the ear. If the tone has merged with the skin, then this is the perfect alignment and you have not made a mistake. However, before you make a verdict, wait a couple of minutes so that the substance of the foundation has time to oxidize and show its real shade.
Apply foundation with a flat brush or sponge to your hand and wait a few seconds. So, the foundation will take body temperature, and it will be much easier and more comfortable to apply it. Do not forget that all movements must follow ascending lines (read also: "Foundation: 8 mistakes you make every day").
Step number 5: working out the nuances
It would seem that after the previous point, all the problems are left behind, and it's time to walk the perfect tone, but this is not at all the case. Immediately after you have finished distributing the foundation over the face, we move on to another, no less important point - working out the area around the eyes and the T-zone. In the case of the first one, you can do with a concealer: choose it in such a way that the tone of the product is lighter than the skin color by a maximum of 1-2 shades - this way you will avoid contrast and circles under the eyes. We work on the T-zone using loose powder or make-up fixer. Your perfect tone is ready!
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