Words by: Victor Jones



Just like music, makeup is a universal language that many people around the world speak, especially here at Florida A&M University.

Makeup not only allows people to showcase their creative skills, but to use makeup in ways that can benefit them professionally and for everyday use.

It is important for students to feel confident about their appearance whether it is on the job or at a social event.

Below are a few tips as to how to apply different types of foundation: liquid, cream, and cream to powder.

Mel Theodore, Lancôme Consultant, says,Skin prep is number one when applying foundation because it lays the base for the upkeep of the foundation and the longevity you want your makeup to have.”

“You want to use a mattifying primer for oily skin, hydrating primer for more dry skin or a combination of both to target different facial area,” says Jennifer Daniel, Sephora Color Artist.

Although primer is not needed for foundation application, it aids in minimizing pores, fine lines, and wrinkles so that the foundation can smoothly be applied.

The next step is applying the foundation. There are 3 different levels of foundation coverage: light, medium and full. These 3 levels are measured by the amount of foundation used that will cover blemishes, discoloration, hyperpigmentation or acne that one wants to correct.

Common types of foundation brushes have synthetic, natural or duo-fiber bristles. Synthetic and duo-fiber brushes do not hold product, while natural bristles will hold more product, but still offers an airbrush affect.

Emmanuela Andre, MAC Pro-Artist, says, “If you want full coverage, you want to use a dense foundation brush. Using a damp sponge will give you a more sheer and airbrush affect. This goes for both liquids and cream foundation.”

“Using any brush to apply any type of foundation will get you the most use out of the product. Beauty sponges typically soak up a lot of product and can break up the makeup in certain areas of your face over time. However, to get the most coverage while using a sponge is to use it dry.”

Using cream to powder foundations will give off a natural powdery finish that sets itself. However, I like to use a cream or liquid foundation and then set the foundation with a face powder to reframe from looking too powdery. It’s personal preference but its better to set after all of creams and liquid are applied,” says Andre.

Using face power is not a necessity, but for oily prone skin types, face powder will allow the makeup to stay in place at a longer rate.

So there you have it Rattlers, a few important steps towards achieving a flawless foundation application.

Be great!


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