You'll find the basic application instructions for our variety of base shades, including Matte, Semi-Matte, It and Jojoba, in the "Usage Tips" section of each product, but today I wanted to share with you a handful of new tips and tricks I've picked up so far this summer that can really help make the application of your base a breeze.
One of the best tips I've picked up recently has to do with the order in which you apply the minerals to the different parts of your face. For some reason, when applying base I've always started with my cheeks, and then moved on to my chin, and finished up with my forehead. It's not logical, it just always made sense to me! However, I noticed that sometimes the layers of base would be noticeable and not blended to perfection. So, a friend suggested I start at the hairline, move on to the forehead, then nose, cheeks, chin and neck. It's this gradual progression which insures an equal application of the base minerals, leaving them perfectly blended and super natural looking. Since then, this is the application order I swear by!
I've always though that my next tip was a given, but I've recently been surprised by how many women don't abide by it! I have two words for you: natural light. When you apply your base in the bathroom, the lighting is never totally accurate - variables such as lightbulb wattage, color (pure white lightbulbs versus lightbulbs that give a slightly yellow glow) and other items in the bathroom (colored towels, etc.) can throw off your base application. That's why I have a trusty corner near a window that I've set up a mirror, allowing me to make sure my base application looks wonderful in natural light.
Finally, my last tip has to do with the summer months being in full swing. This means trips to the beach, lake and generally just enjoying the sun (with a full SPF, of course)! When the days get longer and skin gets naturally darker, it's important to remember to adjust your base shade accordingly. I like to go one shade darker than my usual shade in the summertime, to make sure that I don't have the dreaded "ghost face" - when your face is much lighter than your body's skin tone due to a too-light base.