For the best results, choose the right foundation by applying a small amount of the product you have in mind along your jawline. Blend it in and wait a couple of minutes. It should disappear completely, leaving a smooth, even finish behind. If it looks chalky, the shade is too light. If it looks ruddy or orangey, the shade is too dark.
Once you've chosen a light reflecting makeup:
- Clean -- Prepare your face by cleansing it thoroughly.
- Tone -- Apply a toner (if you use one) to remove excess oil, tighten your pores and adjust your skin's pH balance.
- Moisturize -- Add moisturizer in smooth even strokes. Use moisturizing products that contain an SPF 15 (at least) broad-spectrum sunscreen. Don't make the mistake of adding foundation too soon. Let your skin absorb the moisturizer completely. The emollients and humectants in the formulation you're using will help protect your skin and keep it hydrated. They will also work with the foundation to reduce drag and allow you to apply the product more easily.
- Add primer -- For the smoothest application, invest in a skin primer product and add it after your moisturizer. It works with your foundation to ensure even coverage and consistent skin tone. This may seem like an unnecessary step, but if you have problems with age spots or redness, it's extra insurance.