Actresses often wear subtle makeup which enhances their look in undetectable ways, giving their faces shape and structure that appears natural. So, when we compare our face to theirs, it looks like they have great bone structure, as if they are naturally contoured and chiselled. This is not always the case. It has everything to do with light-handed makeup, and the right makeup techniques. Today, we’ll be unearthing one of those secret tricks, called the reverse foundation technique.
What is the reverse foundation technique?
This technique involves layering skin sculpting products like blush, highlighter, and contour colour on bare skin, and then applying foundation.
What you need to do is apply the aforementioned products, be it rouge, bronzer, or luminiser, on primed skin, before applying foundation. Then, blend it a little to get rid of harsh lines and get a rough shape instead of blending completely. Now, apply foundation on top of that, using a beauty sponge. Make sure to press and tap the foundation in at each spot where something has been applied instead of dragging it, or all the colour underneath will get messed up.
There are caveats, though. You cannot use any formula of products for this. Only cream or liquid contour, blush, and illuminator can be used because they go on seamlessly on bare skin. Not only that, it’s best to layer liquid foundation on top of liquid or cream products. If you apply a powder blush or contour, and then a liquid foundation on top, it will get cakey and not sit properly.
In addition to that, you need to use a light to medium coverage foundation, as full-coverage foundations like Huda Beauty’s Faux Filter foundation will cover everything completely, making your work useless.
How does this way of applying makeup help?
Contouring is a task, especially because both under-blending and over-blending can make skin look too muddy or too harsh. This helps make your face look structured and adds dimension to it without betraying signs of an obvious contour. So, even if you are bad at blending, you can get away with it by applying foundation on top of your contour lines and erasing the harsh angles. This gives a more diffused, soft look to the skin, making your makeup look more natural.
The same goes for highlighter. When we apply highlighter on top of the skin, it looks like a stark block of shimmer, but actresses look like they’re glowing from within. If you press some of the left-over foundation on your beauty blender on top of your highlighter, even if it is powder, your highlight will look more skin-like and believable.
Who should try this technique?
Obviously, this technique is great for people who want a more natural look or are bad at blending. But other than that also it has benefits.
For instance, outright contouring and bronzing can look quite stark on people who don’t already have hollow cheeks and prominent cheekbones. So, instead of drawing a harsh (and obviously fake) column of colour on a part of your face which clearly isn’t prominently demarcated by your bone structure, you draw it below the foundation, giving a shadow. This looks much softer, giving the suggestion of structure instead of looking like you have painted a flat surface.
Other than that, this technique is also useful for people with acne or other kinds of skin texture. This is because, when you apply a cream contour on top of acne and go to blend it, blending often removes the product underneath, exposing all the spots. With this technique, you apply the foundation afterwards, giving yourself enough coverage whilst also sculpting the face properly.
Isn’t that a game-changer for those of us who like natural-looking, undetectable makeup?
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