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The word ‘foundation’ is one that says a lot when you’re learning how to apply makeup  professionally. That’s because it is very much the foundation for everything else, which is why it’s such an essential step for a makeup artist  and their work - particularly for clients with an uneven complexion.

What Do Colour-Correcting Foundations Do? 

As you’ll find out by taking beauty courses online, colour correction foundations exist to help in the creation of an even skin tone. Some clients may have red patches or issues like rosacea, which need to be evened out. Colour correction foundations do the job rather well.

How Can I Find Out What Colour Foundation I Should Use?  

Generally speaking, what you shouldn’t do is trust what it looks like on your hand. This is a common mistake and it’s an error because the hand and the face often have different colours, so it doesn’t represent a good guide. Instead, you should be applying some to the jawline under good light.

Any online makeup course will show you the best way to find the best shade, as getting it wrong can make your client look like they’re wearing a mask. Colour matching is vital in creating natural looks and avoiding harsh foundation lines.

What You Need To Know About Foundations

Whether studying short online courses on makeup for a career change  or just for your own skin, it’s essential to master the application of foundation. Everything else good you do will require an even, natural-looking base. Here are a few facts that you’ll need to be aware of. 

Makeup artists (MUAs) will tend to have hero products in their kit, with the foundation being one of them. Pros also need to have a selection available to cater to the different skin types.

For example: 

  • Powdered (mattifying) foundation is best used for people with oily skin, as oil-based products are likely to just slide off the face!
  • The liquid foundation often comes with moisturisers blended into the formula, as it will primarily be used for clients with dry skin or those needing greater coverage.
  • Mousse foundation is a great product to use if your client has combination skin, as it’s designed for use with all skin types. 

As a makeup artist, you also have to remember that everyone’s skin is different and will change a couple of times a year, in line with the seasons. Colour blending is crucial because the different skin types and colours that you encounter will need to be approached differently. 

Fail to take account of the variations that exist, and it’s only a matter of time until you apply the wrong type of foundation to the wrong type of skin. That’s when the trouble starts and when your professional reputation is risked, so pay it the respect it deserves. 

Launch Your Makeup Career With OCA Beauty Courses Online 

As we can see, the difference between a fantastic result and one you’d rather forget does rest heavily on selecting the proper foundation for your client. The good news is that all the skills you’ll need to be a successful makeup artist  can be gained conveniently and affordably with our online video-based, CPD-Endorsed beauty courses.

Put together in collaboration with top industry experts, our short courses are highly stimulating and modular, meaning that you can fit your training around your current obligations. You’re fully supported, too, thanks to 1 to 1 mentoring that’s available 7 days a week, so you’re completely covered.

To find out more about our full course library that covers 20+ professional industries or the flexible payment plans that let you spread the cost, visit us today at Alternatively, to see what a highly stimulating learning experience looks like, take a look at our student study demo!

We’re also here if you need any questions answered, so to get in touch, simply call us on 1300 611 404 or drop us a line at [email protected]

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