If there is one makeup faux pas that I would physically force every woman to understand, it would be STOP PILING ON THAT FOUNDATION!!
Foundation should give you “Your Skin But Better”. No matter what age you are, what skin type or what skin condition you have, your foundation should be flawless, luminous and most importantly, invisible.
Thanks to the celebrity status of makeup artists in Asia, the invisible foundation philosophy is now firmly ingrained in and aspired to by all the ladies there. My favourite Taiwanese makeup artist, Kai Chang demonstrates it beautifully in his new book (review will be posted as soon as I get my grabby hands on it in Taiwan):
See how gorgeous, healthy and radiant this model looks. Her foundation matches her natural skin tones, and is blended smoothly into the skin. Clever use of subtle highlight and contour adds to the flawlessness – pores? What pores??
It’s a different case, here in Australia, as time and time again I see girls walking around with foundation so thick and in the wrong shade, that it looks mask like. Over bronzing and glitter highlight exacerbate the problem, and make all the imperfections in the skin (eg. lines, spots, enlarged pores) even more visible.
The barrage of trashy reality TV “celebrities” seem to be the role models for this:
A good look? Trust me – it’s NOT!!
I will be doing more posts specifically on foundation – how to select the right one for your skin, and how to apply it. Let’s hope the invisible foundation philosophy will soon be ingrained into the beauty habits of every Australian woman soon.
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