6 Simple Steps To Flawless Foundation Plus Win A $250 Farmers Gift Card

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Great foundation is the key to beautiful makeup but it’s often one of the hardest makeup moves to master. This is probably why so many of us are opting for BB creams. But the benefits of a good foundation far outweigh those of a tinted moisturiser when it comes to party season. For starters foundation evens out your skin tone, lasts longer than BBs and makes your face look fresher and more luminous. Sadly, most of us have had bad experiences with foundation: They cake, crease, settle in fine lines and change colour in the middle of the day. But follow these simple steps and your foundation will look flawless every single time – promise!

Don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom of the page to enter to win a $250 Farmers card to stock up on some fab new foundation.

Step 1: Find your perfect colour It’s important to test your foundation in the daylight and the colour is correct if it disappears without blending.

Step 2: Prep your skin For the perfect canvas you’ll need well moisturised skin. But remember to wait a few minutes before you apply foundation to allow your moisturiser to really sink in. Primer is great but you can skip it unless you have noticeable pores or you want your makeup to last through a late night.



Above: Almay Line Smoothing makeup


Step 3: Apply it correctly If you’re after a light coverage just use your fingers. For more coverage, use a sponge. The Beauty-blender Cosmetic Sponge is a cult favorite among pros. For everyday, dab foundation only where you need it to hide pimples, camouflage redness or even out your T-zone. To get an airbrushed finish, blend makeup all over, including the eye area, starting in the middle and working your way out. Many professional makeup artists insist that using a brush is a must for an even, flawless finish and to help buff foundation into the skin an avoid a cakey, mask-like look.

Step 4: Prevent creasing There’s no magic wand that will prevent foundation creasing in fine lines, but there are techniques you can use to minimise it. Be sure to wait at least five minutes after moisturising your skin before applying foundation – the more moisturiser on the skin the more likely the foundation will crease. Also after you’ve applied your foundation get a small brush and gently remove the foundation from fine lines.



Above: Almay Clear Complexion concealer


Step 5: Do concealer after foundation If you apply concealer before your foundation you generally use more than you need. A good base of foundation helps to keep concealer crease-free too. Look for a lightweight liquid in a color one shade lighter than your skin. But be careful not to go too light – it starts looking fake. 

Step 6: Finish with luminous powder New translucent powders reflect the light and help you skin glow. They also cut down on the shine and help to keep you makeup in place for longer. Always tap extra powder from the brush before gently sweeping across your face for an even coverage.


Above: Almay Smart Shade Loose Finishing Powder



To help you stock up on some of these fab Almay products we’re giving away a $250 Farmers‘ voucher to one lucky Insider.

To enter to win simply tell us which palette is your favourite then click HERE to subscribe to our free weekly Insider updates. By the way you can unsubscribe at any time if you change your mind – it just makes it easy for us to contact you if you win. If you’re already a subscriber then great – you only need to comment below.

Everyone who has commented and subscribed automatically goes in the draw to win. A winner will be announced here on 26 January.

Good luck!



Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter to win. We’re thrilled to announce our super lucky winner is:

Christine Quigley

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