There’s a lot of debate over the best way to apply foundation. Pretty much every article on the internet praises the magical abilities of the famous beautyblender. While there’s no doubt that the beautblender is a great beauty tool, it takes a lot of maintenance. If you aren’t using it properly, it can be ineffective. Worst of all, beauty sponges soak up a huge amount of your foundation, which is a total waste of product. The best way to apply foundation actually depends on the amount of coverage you want and your skin type.
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For light coverage, it’s best to blend in the foundation with your fingers. Your fingers help warm up the foundation, which makes it easier for you to glide it onto your skin. To properly apply foundation with your fingers, I recommend squeezing a small amount of the product onto the back of your hand. Using your pointer finger, dot the foundation onto your face, focusing on the areas that need the most coverage. Start in the middle and blend the foundation toward the outer edges of your face.
Many people prefer the brush technique because it tends to give you a more even application. This method also requires less foundation, since you don’t have to compensate for product melting into your face and fingers (read more here). A brush picks up foundation and disperses it evenly process your face. When using a foundation brush, apply the foundation starting in the center of the face and blend out.
However, the key to perfect foundation coverage is making sure your prep and prime your skin properly. Before applying foundation, it’s crucial to cleanse and wash your face. Next, you need to re-hydrate your skin with a rich and creamy moisturizer. I like the Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm ($36) because it’s a moisturizer and primer in one. If your skin is on the oily side, use a gel-based moisturizer that is matte. The L’Oréal Revitalift Moisture Blur ($25) moisturizes and controls oil while evening out your complexion. Depending on how long your want your foundation to last, you might also want to layer on a primer. For oily skin, it’s important two prime areas that get greasy, like your t-zone and chin.
If all else fails, you can grab a clean sock. Yes, it’s possible to apply your foundation with a sock! Check out this unexpected makeup hack here.
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