Foundation can give you a fresher, healthier-looking skin in minutes. If you use the right color and texture, you are going to look young AND natural – no doubt about it. However, applying foundation can be very frustrating. You need to learn the right technique, or else you might end up emphasizing your facial lines, wrinkles and dry spots.
Use proper tools
Most women do not use proper tools like brushes and sponges and apply foundation using their fingers instead. Unless you already have nearly perfect skin, this won’t result into flawless coverage.I’ll assume you have read my previous post about foundation mistakes and got the right type of foundation and foundation brush with synthetic bristles. Synthetic bristles are slightly harder than natural ones and are the best for our task.
Prime your skin with an oil-free moisturizer. This will help smooth the lines and dry spots, if any. If you need to use sunscreen, use sunscreen, but do not apply several products in layers.
Warm your foundation
Squirt a little bit of foundation onto the back of your receptive hand (usually left). This will make an application easier in several ways:
– it acts as palette, allowing you to blend colors and textures right on your skin,
– it warms the foundation, making application easier and smoother,
– it’s simply comfortable, especially when using a brush.
I find I can achieve better and more natural-looking colors by blending one dark and one light colors on the back of my hand. You don’t have to do this, but it’s something to consider if you are struggling to find your perfect color.
Using brush, apply the foundation with an up-and-down motion. Your strokes should be quick and short. Use patting or beating motion on areas with large pores. Using brush allows you to apply product easily and evenly, without leaving streaks. If you always applied foundation using your fingers, you will immediately see the difference.
Pat off excess product with a makeup sponge. Apply a little bit of powder on your T-zone, if necessary. You are done!