when to apply foundation

Back to the basics: Foundation

With new products constantly being launched into the market it can be easy to get caught up and forget what the basic purpose of a product is.

Foundation should be applied after cleansing, moisturising and priming your skin. It can be applied with your fingers, a foundation brush or a sponge. For best results start off with less foundation than you think you need and gradually add more.

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Review on Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder!

Retails for $34

This powder claims to have a luminous, demi matte finish. Like all products in the “Naked” line it’s supposed to be very natural looking.


Extremely light weight. Your skin doesnt feel like it’s wearing a mask like some more heavy powders. Not as “buttery” and silky as my Benefit Hello Flawless Powder but still smooth nonetheless. 


This powder has a satin finish. Not matte, not glowing although on the box it says it’s luminous. Never looks cakey even when applying a few layers. 


The coverage is pretty decent for a very natural looking, light weight powder. When applied after foundation it covers up any redness from a pimple or acne scars that my foundation didnt cover. You can keep adding more for more coverage and it will never look cakey. 


I really, really like this powder! When I use a more luminous foundation this won’t make my skin too matte, it creates a perfect satin finish. Looks extremely natural and feels light weight yet isnt too sheer and still has a light to medium coverage. 


Maybelline’s Fit Me powder is extremely similar and also one of my favorite pressed powders. I do like Urban Decay’s more because it has a more coverage and looks a little better on the skin.

Most people from traditional education don’t know much about applying for art foundation, so when I decided to study art I found working out where and how to apply SUPER CONFUSING! Hopefully if you’re considering art foundation as an option this can help you understand everything much more clearly:

What is an art foundation course?

  • a  one year long pre-degree course which you might want to take if you live in the UK and are thinking about going into an art-based subject for your degree. 
  • the most common type of course has 3 parts - the first part involves experimenting with lots of different and new media/ techniques, the second part involves choosing an area to specialize in eg. illustration, fine art, graphic design etc. and the third part will be a longer project.
  • about 2/3 of all people going to an art based degree will have done art foundation - its very common!

Why not just go straight to doing an art degree?

  • a good taster year if you’re not sure what you want to do for degree
  • there are SO MANY v specific art degrees (architecture, model making, animation etc.) out there and you won’t have tried all the different specialisms during your time at school, so you can discover your passion during a foundation year!
  • you can improve your work loads by spending a whole year just doing art, so you’ll have a massive head start on people who go straight to an art degree

Where offers art foundation?

How much does it cost?

  • Art foundation is free if you’re a UK resident under 19 but if you study away from home you’ll have to pay for accommodation which is around £4-5k depending on where you go, so it’s lots cheaper to study at a nearby college. 
  • There’s no student loan so you have to apply to bursaries or get financed by family if you want to live in accommodation
  • Supplies and trips will also cost £100-500 .

How do I apply?

  • Applications to art foundation courses don’t go through UCAS so you have to apply directly to each uni. This means you can apply to as many places as you want! 
  • Some places eg. Falmouth have very strict deadlines but many local colleges will accept applications up until the end of August so there is more flexibility if you don’t get offers from your first choices.
  • Each place will ask for slightly different things - Check the university website to find a link to their applicant portal and to see their application requirements. Most places will want a personal statement in the initial application process and then require a portfolio and sometimes a sample of written work. You may be asked to attend an interview.
  • Make sure to visit an open day so you’re certain you want to apply!!

How do I write my personal statement?

  • some places will ask specific bullet points about you, in which case write according to what they ask!!
  • Or you might be asked to submit a more general paragraph about you, in which case try to cover why you want to study art foundation, why you want to apply to the specific art school,
  • The largest part of your personal statement should talk about the type of art you make and give an overview of your recent projects and why your final pieces were effective. Mention some of your favourite artists and talk about exhibitions you’ve visited and why you liked them.
  • Quickly talk about your other A-levels and your extra curricular activities, and how they link to your art.
  • There will usually be a very short word limit (about 450 words) so keep it concise and don’t waffle!! Your art teacher should be happy to read through your personal statement to tell you what to change etc.

How do I organize my portfolio?

  • Make sure to refer to information on the uni’s website - each place asks for slightly different things!!
  • You’ll need an a1 portfolio like this one. It’s scary and massive but it’s the professional size, and you’ll need one like this in the future anyway if you plan to apply for an arts based degree.
  • Most places want you to present your work on loose white sheets, they don’t want the work to be in plastic pockets as they can be reflective and hard to see the actual art through.
  • Usually you’ll be asked for 20 sheets, which should include evidence of you AS and A2 projects as well as any extra curricular art.
  • The art should be widely spaced and usually you’ll put one or two pieces on one a1 sheet
  • You need to show evidence of experimentation, fast and more time consuming sketches, observational skills, developing ideas and finished pieces. For lots of foundation courses, showing observational skills (eg life drawing) is the most important part.
  • Photocopy the art from your sketchbook and enlarge if necessary, then use double sided sticky tape to mount it in a clean and aesthetically pleasing way.

How do I prepare for my interview?

  • Do lots of research - watch tv programs about art, watch youtube clips. visit exhibitions, read books about artists, attend talks etc.
  • Good resources can be found on: TATE youtubeNational Portrait Gallery instagramRoyal Academy instagramThe art assignment youtube channel etc.
  • The interviewer is looking for enthusiasm and potential rather than you being an expert on obscure art movements so don’t be panicked if you’re not an expert on art history! 
  • Read through your sketchbooks and look at your portfolio to make sure you can explain what you were doing and why you were doing it if the interviewer asks you. 
  • Make sure you can talk about all the things on your personal statement in detail!! The might ask you about your extra curricular activities etc. so you need to be ready to talk about that.
  • You need to show that you’ve visited the uni on an open day and you’re enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the course so try to read the prospectus beforehand to refresh your mind.
  • Ask for a mock interview!! Its good to get practice so you’ll know roughly what to expect and you won’t be as nervous for the real interview.

my art masterpost and my list of 50 ways to improve your art are also helpful!!

Remember that many foundation courses are more competitive than university degrees so don’t be put off it you don’t get an offer from some of the places you apply to! Good luck!! xx

dramaqueen2397  asked:

Hi, just a quick question. When applying your foundation should you put moisturise on before you put foundation on or just out foundation on with moisturise. Also what is a good setting powder ? Thanks you (:

Skincare is the most important step in any makeup application because without good skin you can’t have great makeup…

Generally speaking you should cleanse your skin and then apply your moisturiser, sunscreen, primer and THEN foundation. However…

Sometimes too many products will cause makeup to “slip” off the skin so using a dual purpose product is a great idea. I like to use a light moisturiser that contains SPF, my favourite is the Ultraceuticals Mattifying SPF 30+ Sunscreen, it is light and doesn’t leave an oily residue on the skin. Then I apply primer after.

For oily skin you may find it is best to ditch the moisturiser/sunscreen and just opt for a primer instead. I like the *Dermalogica Skin Perfect Primer with SPF 30

It is always best to apply some kind of product before you apply your foundation so that your makeup applies evenly and looks healthy.

As for my favourite powders for setting makeup…

*CARGO HD Picture Perfect Loose Powder

This is a new love for me and has quickly become one of my favourite setting powders, this stuff makes skin look flawless and I mean flawless. It isn’t cakey or dry, it doesn’t add any coverage to the skin but it does a fantastic job at keeping shine at bay. Plus it has this beautiful finish that almost blurs your skin so it looks photoshopped.

Too Faced Primed & Poreless Finishing Veil

This powder is amazing at gives skin a poreless look and really combats shine without making skin look dry and cakey (I have dry skin and this doesn’t make my skin look horribly flaky and dry) it is expensive but has been my favourite powder for a year.

If you are on a budget I love the Maybelline Shine Free Loose Powder and the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder isn’t bad either.

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If any product you use irritates you discontinue use immediately.

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One of THEE best drugstore foundations and face powder, EVER.

A lot of you have been asking me about good drugstore foundations lately, I highly recommend this one! Actually, BOTH of these products! And I find that the foundation works even better when applied with a slightly damp beauty blender!

girlfriend does my makeup challenge with Luke would include:

•giggles obvs
•him puffing out his cheeks when you apply foundation for a smoother base
•not really working and having to blend the access foundation in to his stubble
•his asking what everything was before you put it on
•his doing his high pitch laugh whenever you grimaced at your work
•trying to figure out how to apply lipstick without getting it on his cold lip ring
•giving him a kiss before you apply it
•complaining about not having to contour because his cheeks are already so sharp
•applying highlighter to his nose and Cupid’s bow because those are some of your favourite features
•his running away squealing and swearing when you take out your eyelash curler
•him cursing and complaining whenever you got too close to his eye
•"am I a pretty girl?“
•"I’d bang you, yeah.”
•after you’re done him falling on to your bed and staining the pillowcase with the foundation and blush

jamieeislame  asked:

My skin is very dry but when I apply liquid foundation it seems to make my skin look flakey what am I doing wrong?

Flaky skin never looks nice, especially when you can see it through your foundation. Skincare plays a large part into how your makeup looks so whilst it’s important to ensure you are using the correct techniques to apply your foundation it’s also essential that you are taking correct care of your skin.

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One of my pet peeves is when these big youtube beauty gurus apply foundation with their fingers like please love yourself and spend your youtube money on a foundation brush or a beauty blender

s-oftbrown-blog  asked:

I have acne prone skin that is dry but oily in my t zone and even when I apply my foundation, which is medium/full coverage, my imperfections still show through, do you have any tips for getting that flawless look with my skin type?


If you want a more medium/full coverage foundation look while still keeping a more natural finish letting some imperfections show through I recommend using a light coverage foundation and spot concealing with a more heavy duty concealer! Spot concealing does take a little more time and effort but the result is your skin looking flawless but never over done! Check out an awesome tutorial on spot concealing here.

A few foundation tips for combination (oily/dry) skin

  • Exfoliate and moisturize frequently to buff away dry patches and moisturize your drier areas. Don’t be scared to “over” moisturize at night because it can actually help you become less oily during the day! Treat both your skin types by thoroughly hydrating at night but have a day time skin routine catered more toward oily skin like a light weight lotion and gel/foam cleanser.
  • Avoid using too dry/matte of a foundation. Go for a slightly more moisturizing foundation and use a long wearing primer under your makeup and powder your oily areas. 

When applying foundation and concealer there really is no right order that you have to apply it. I apply foundation before concealer because after you apply foundation then you can apply concealer where you need and if you still need it depending on the coverage of that foundation that it gave you. Also because after you have on foundation you might already have the coverage you need and then if you still need concealer in areas you can always apply it easier. Although applying concealer after can be tricky to blend. But using a beauty blender will help make it look more natural and blend out the concealer.

anonymous asked:

Are beauty blenders really worth the money? Any tricks to make foundation layer better without getting cakey?

I’ve never even tried a beauty blender because I refuse to pay the price, plus I love brushes. Also when I wear a lot of foundation I like to mix beauty oil in with the foundation when applying it or spray Mac fix plus afterwards to stop the foundation from looking cakey xxx