Applying foundation is one makeup technique that could take a lifetime to perfect. But seriously, who has a lifetime? I've started this thread to see what everyone does to apply their foundation.
For me, personally, I usually just use my fingers. I've found that using my fingers warms up the product and makes it easier to blend over my face without having to use too much and ending up with a gunky and caked on look.
Post your technique and any tips you may have for applying your favorite foundation
I dab on little drops of the foundation over my cheeks, forehead, and nose, and then I blend it before it sets by brushing my fingers over my entire face. I find this is the quickest and easiest way, and the foundation has a very natural finish after I'm done. Sometimes when I have trouble spots, I use a small Sephora brush to apply a bit more foundation only where I need it. I've tried brushes and sponges before, but it takes a lot of time to clean/maintain those tools, and it's really easy to cake on foundation.
I use a brush to apply my liquid foundation and then blend with a damp sponge. It gives me a much more even application and I use far less foundation. With the brush I can more easily build up coverage where I need it.
For me, technique depends on which type of foundation I'm using.
If it's a sunblock or BB cream, I use my fingers.
If it's a powder foundation, I use a blush brush.
If it's mineral foundation, I use a small kabuki brush.
I also make sure to apply it in indoor, even light. Natural light is way too harsh for me.
When I use liquid or tinted moisturizer, I apply a primer first- usually Tarte brightening primer because it has no silicone- Then I Pump the foundation onto the brush and dot across the top of my forehead down the sides of each cheek and under the chin - then from top to bottom work it in circular motions inwards and downwards to cover those pores- that usually works great and it is a bit of work to clean your brushes but if you get into a routine and make a quick solution you can wash as soon as your finished and it only takes a few seconds and it is ready to use again in the morning. I really found that working outward in and down in the circular motions help- I liked the beauty blender but found my foundation always stained it and it looks ugly and my brushes don't have that problem. I used to use my fingers and I found that the brush for me works better- It is a trial and error situation since everyone's skin is different.
i am obsessed with the sephora pro airbrush #56!
i use barely 1/2 pump for each side of my face and blend - the brush works flawlessly!
I always put a bit of foundation on a disc and then dab my beauty blender, or foundation brush depending on the foundatino, and then blend away. I usually start on my cheeks and nose then work my way dwn to my chin and neck line, and finish off at my forehead. Especially if I am using a brush, I'll stroke downwards.
I put a little bit of the foundation on the back of my hand and either use a brush or sponge to apply. Right now, I am liking the brush, I dip just the tip of the brush into the makeup to only get a tiny bit on the brush, then apply.
I don't brush it on, but kind of stipple or bounce it on, then go back with the brush and buff it in, circling in different directions. This tip is supposed to reduce the appearance of pores. If an area needs more coverage, I just apply more and repeat these steps.
If I'm using a sponge, like a beautyblender, I follow thos directions, like getting it wet first, squeezing out the excess water, and using it in a bouncing motion to apply the makeup and smooth it out.
Both work very well.
I LOVE beauty blender as well! For my crazy skin, it is the only and best way of applying my foundation. I have some dry patches on my face, so I can't use brushes. They emphasize all those dry areas making them even more visible and terribly flaky . Beauty blender gives me beautiful, smooth, perfect finish! I'd rather use brushes, because you don't go through brushes as fast as you go through beauty blenders ( I have to buy new one every few months )... But, I've tried so many brushes and none of them work for me, so I have to stick with beauty blender Even if you can use brushes, I really think beauty blender gives the best possible finish. Of course, I use my tinted moisturizer with my fingers
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My technique varies, but if anyone's looking for variations and tools to use check out, I list out different tools and brushes geared to applying foundations:
I scoop or pour some out on the back of my hand or a palette and use a flat, stippling or buffing foundation brush to blend, depending on the formula. If it is a cream-to-powder compact, I use a damp sponge but I don't think it's very sanitary. For mineral foundation, I tap some into a little dish and swirl-buff on with a brush. I don't like to touch foundation or makeup with my fingers though, it's a pet peeve. Also, I'm kind of a sanitation freak so that factors in.
To prevent from serious damage to your skin and speeding up the aging of your skin as well as making acne more likely to occur, I suggest you start using a brush or beauty blender for most of your products on your face-especially your foundation. If you want your make up a little warm before you apply then rub it between your hands a few times and then apply your make up with the device of your choosing. Good luck!!!