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Avoiding the Mask with Foundation

Nothing is less appealing than a woman who has a clear line across her jawbone where her makeup ends and her bare skin is revealed. She’s tried to look her best, but instead she just looks plastic. What can you do to avoid this?

One of the most important thing you can do to avoiding the mask look is blend and choose the right color. If it disappears on your skin, then you know you have the right color. Be sure to look at your neck color in comparison with your face. Choose a warm color if your neck is much darker than your face, which is a common problem for women who have been careful to sunscreen their face but have forgotten their neck!

When applying foundation with your fingertip or with a sponge, the thing to remember is that you probably don’t need it all over your entire face. The problem areas where your color is uneven is where you want to concentrate. If you do your entire face, you are much more likely to end up with the mask.

Use the minimum amount foundation that you feel you can. The heavier your foundation is, the more likely you will end up with the mask look. Foundation will not do much to get rid of fine lines. In fact, it may make them more obvious. If you have a lot of fine lines, you might do better with a more forgiving tinted moisturizer instead of liquid or cream foundation.

Blending is extremely important. If you do wear it over your entire face, be sure to extend it over your jawline to avoid that boundary look. Also – check near your hairline to make sure it is well blended there as well. Look at yourself in different lighting as well.

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Beauty Tips Editor
Laurel Smith