The search for the perfect foundation is a search for the Holy Grail - everyone wants it. And we've all wasted money on shades we can't wear. But key to the perfect foundation, is professional application - and luckily make-up expert Lisa Eldridge is at hand to share her top tips. Click through the gallery to discover her secrets to achieving that flawless finish we all want...
'Creating a base to your make-up is key to a flawless finish. It can really do wonders for your complexion and helps the foundation smoothe onto your skin evenly. It also keeps make-up in place for longer.'
The way you apply foundation makes a big difference. The best technique is to blend thin layers into the skin. The problem areas to focus on when applying foundation will obviously be different for each individual, but the majority of women need a little bit of foundation around the centre of the face, so round the nose, mouth areas, the chin and the centre of the forehead. These are all areas where you often have blemishes or uneven skin tone. If you really focus on these areas and blend out, the foundation will become thinner as it goes towards the hairline, which will help achieve a much more natural finish.
It doesnt really make a difference whether you apply your foundation with your fingers, a brush or a sponge, but you might want to change the application depending on the format. With thinner foundations I find fingers are better as its almost like applying a moisturiser, but for a compact foundation I prefer to use a sponge. At the end of the day, the main thing is that you have the right shade and the right texture for your skin and apply it in thin well blended layers.
The best tip for most skin types is to use a light foundation all over and then just conceal the problem areas. I always apply concealer after foundation, simply because once the foundation is on you can really see the areas you need to highlight or conceal. If you apply before, its also likely to rub off when you apply your foundation.
Finally, I always finish with a little bit of powder to keep it in place. And there you have it, perfect flawless make-up that still looking natural.
Read on to see Lisa's must-have make-up product ...
'I always use Airbrush Away. It gives you picture-perfect skin and it only takes 10 minutes to see the full effects. It temporarily fills lines and wrinkles, giving your skin a soft-focus look.'
Airbrush Away Primer, £19.50
Create the ultimate base for your foundation while giving your skin a sheer and healthy glow.
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer - Radiance, £28
Apply your foundation with a brush? This great creation from Mac will leave you with a smooth, even and flawless finish.
190 Foundation Brush, £26
For flawless coverage that looks totally natural, try a foundation from the bareMinerals range. It will also reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Oiginal SPF 15 Foundation, £24