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New Series: Make-Up Basics!

Hello lovelies! 🙂

I’ve decided to start a new series, covering all the basics of make up. Whether your just starting out playing with make up, or a make up connoisseur, I find that there is always something new to be learned or some new tricks to try out!

To start with, I’m going to talk about Foundations and how to choose the right shade for your skintone. Here are my top tips on choosing the right colour;

Use foundation to even and perfect your skintone, not give you a new one
I know that sometimes it is tempting to go a shade or two darker than your natural skin colour to make yourself look more tanned but please, unless you love your face to be a totally different colour to the rest of your body, resist the urge! It never looks natural, always choose a foundation to match your natural skintone, it’s so much easier to bronze it up than trying to lighten a foundation that’s way too dark for you.

Always swatch before you buy
And I don’t mean on your wrist or the back of your hand! Whether your going to your local drugstore to pick up a purse-friendly foundation or heading to a high-end make up counter, go make up free and test the colours ON YOUR FACE! In natural light, take your chosen shade and swipe from your cheek down to your jawline, beside this colour, do the same with a shade lighter and a shade darker. The one that disappears completely is the one you want. If you want to be extra sure your picking the right one, test it on your forehead too as some people tend to be slightly darker here!

Choose a yellow base
Sounds odd I know! But pale or dark skinned, everyone has yellow undertones to their skin. Using a colour laced with pink or peach undertones can make even the most ghostly pale ladies and gents look washed out and chalky! A yellow based foundation will blend easily into your skin and keep you looking bright and radiant 🙂

Change with the Seasons
To keep you looking fresh and healthy all year round, make sure you have two foundations to hand; one for summer when your tanned, and one for winter when your paler. For the rest of the year, you can mix the two colours together or use separate for certain areas where your skin might be lighter or darker!

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And here’s how you can get the right consistency for your skin type!

Dry/Dull/Tired Skin
Your aim here will be a fresh, dewy complexion and to get this, you will want to choose a hydrating foundation. These have a moisturising formula and you can choose to have a sheer coverage, that you would find in a tinted moisturiser, or medium-full coverage from a liquid or mousse formula. Avoid matte foundations and cakey powders as these will make your skin look even drier.

Oily Skin
If you have oily skin, obviously you will want to choose a foundation that will keep shine at bay, so look for foundations that state directly on the packaging that they are mattifying or oil free. You can also add a mattifying powder on top to reduce shine.

I hope this helped some of you!

Love & Lipstick,
Tammy xoxo

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