The Key to Flawless Foundation
Where Does It Go?
Always use foundation over the eyelids, even if you aren't using eye makeup. It cleans up tiny veins and uneven skin tone. Simply blend over the entire lid, and powder to set. Go under the eyes, too, to take minor circles away (really dark circles need concealer, then foundation). This is a great nude eye look on its own, also a great primer before applying eye color.
Another key spot: around the nostrils. Most people have some redness here to cover. Foundation around the eyes and nostrils makes such a difference, many women learn that's all they need. Everywhere else is an option.
I also like to put foundation over the lipline (not over the whole lip), so when I do the lips later, lip pencils glide easily. This gives you a clean line to work with -- and also hides any unevenness of your lipline.
If you want a full face application, go for it. But the idea is to use foundation to perfect the skin, not hide it.
Sonia Kashuk's book, Real Beauty, is available at bookstores nationwide.