Even though it’s something most women do every day, a lot of us still aren’t sure exactly how to apply foundation. If you still use your fingers to apply your base or you’re applying your concealer before your foundation (NO!), read this post and change your ways today!
The pros know that foundation plus a few skin-perfecting products can make a real difference and give you a naturally flawless finish.
Just 7 steps and then you’ll know how to apply foundation like a pro
1. Be prepared
You’ll get the best results if you prep your ‘canvas’ properly. The first step starts with a good skincare routine, making sure you exfoliate a couple times a week and moisturise twice a day will mean you won’t have to deal with dry, patchy areas — the enemy of flawless skin.
2. Light it up
If you’re really wondering how to apply foundation like a pro, then this is probably the most important and often overlooked step: make sure your mirror and lighting are good. If you can, choose a spot with great natural light, so you can see exactly what your face will look like, and avoid any cakey, unnatural looking spots. A magnifying mirror is also a great tool that will let you see EXACTLY what you’re doing.
3. Prime time
If you want your foundation to have real lasting power, apply a primer before your base. Primers help to minimise pores and take care of shiny skin. If you have any redness that you’d like to cover up, look for a tinted or colour-correcting primer.
4. Ace that base
Leave your moisturiser or primer to absorb for at least 5 minutes, then use your finger to dot foundation onto your cheeks, nose, forehead and chin to ensure even distribution. Remember, you don’t have to cover your whole face. If you’d like a more natural look, only apply foundation to the areas that really need it.
5. Use your tools
Using a foundation brush or blending sponge, blend your liquid foundation outwards from the centre of your face. A brush is way, way better than your fingers because it lets you use a circular ‘buffing’ motion, so the cream doesn’t sit in any fine lines or your hairline.
6. Conceal and reveal
Now is the time to apply concealer. If you do it before your base, it will just get wiped away instead of covering any blemishes or dark circles. The best way to apply concealer is with a concealer brush. Carefully apply it under your eyes, on blemishes, around the edge of your nose and on your chin to get rid of any redness.
7. Powder your nose
Finally, dust a loose translucent powder over your foundation to reduce shine. Focus on your T-zone — your forehead, down your nose and along your chin — so your cheeks keep their natural glow and your face doesn’t look too done up.
Beauty Tip: If you’ve gone overboard with the foundation, try a light spritz of mineral water over your face — it’ll keep your skin moisturised and stop base looking cakey.