Since foundation is the palette on which you will paint, it is the first important step in the process of good cosmetic application. A good moisturizer containing sunscreen should be applied, followed by a spot concealer to cover any blemishes, spider veins, or dark areas in pigment. To choose the perfect shade of foundation, a three stripe test should be done along the jawbone. The shade that more closely matches the skin tone should be chosen. If the match is good, it will be unnecessary continue foundation past the jaw line.
One of the best beauty cosmetic tips concerns contouring, which is best done at this point. Using a very light, almost white, foundation, and a tiny brush, paint any obvious wrinkles. With a finger, gently blend this by patting it, You will notice that the wrinkles almost disappear because light colors bring out shadows. This principle works with darker colors in the same way. If you have a double chin or a round face, you can use a darker foundation shade or powder in that area to slim the face. Most foundations last longer if covered by a light dusting of complimentary facial powder.
Once the foundation is set, facial features should be dramatized. The eyebrows are often forgotten, but a touch of eyebrow pencil works to create framework to make the eyes pop. To lift the eyebrows and create space above the eyes, a light eye shadow should be applied to the entire eyelid all the way to the brows. Using a sponge brush, a base color can be applied from the eyelid into the crease of the eye. Then, for a particularly dramatic look, you can make a triangular shape with a darker color at the outer corner of the eye. These colors should be blended upward and outward with small strokes.