Foundation Application Techniques – Key To Flawless Skin

Few readers have been asking me how I apply my foundation and that my face looks pretty natural touchwood) in my FOTDs. I was not a foundation person two years back, being afraid of looking overdone or artificial. But with practice and experience, I came to know that the right application gives a natural and flawless look. I would not say that I am blessed with very good skin. I do have small acne marks here and there. I have pigmentation on the upper lip area, thanks to frequent tweezing. Everyone loves to have flawless skin and so do I.
I would be sharing with you today, the right way of applying foundation.

1.Using Fingers

This is the best method to apply foundation. Fingers help in blending the foundation evenly. Fingers also help in warming up the foundation so that the texture is not very thick and helps in spreading the product on the skin easily. Be it cream, liquid or mousse, fingers work very well with all types of foundation, except for powder foundations. While using fingers to apply your foundation, remember to wash and clean your hands thoroughly. Keep a sanitizer and wet tissues handy with you while application. Fingers are best when you are doing your own makeup. But when you are doing makeup on someone, you should be using tools for the same.

2. Sponges

Sponges are great for all types of foundations. I recently did my sister in law’s engagement makeup and used a sponge on her. I could really see how well it blended the foundation and delivered a flawless finish. Sponges also pick up the right amount of product, but end up soaking up a lot of the product , thus wasting your foundation. Also, cleaning the sponges is a big task. You need to use oils to remove the product from sponges. I would do a separate post on that soon.
Choose good quality sponges else your skin may get irritated. I have very sensitive skin. I have tried many sponges and they cause redness on my cheeks. MAC sponges work fine for me and do not irritate my skin. They are available for Rs.500 approximately and can be washed and re-used.

3. Flat Foundation Brush

Flat foundation brushes work very well for liquid, cream and mousse foundations. A flat brush is very easy to use for beginners. Just pick up the foundation on the flat brush and tap on the areas of concern first. This way, the acne marks are concealed first. Then for the rest of the face, the tap and sweep motion works fine. A flat foundation brush does not take much time of yours, keeps your hands clean and also helps in giving a neat, well blended base for the face. You need to be a little careful else it might create streaks here and there. So blending is the key.You may try the below flat foundation brushes.

1. The Body Shop Foundation Brush – Rs.900 approximately
2. Inglot 21T Flat Foundation Brush – Rs.1495
3. Kryolan Flat Foundation Brush – Rs.900

4. Stipping Brush

A stippling brush is a multi-purpose brush. It can be used for foundation, blushes, powder etc. Stippling brushes come in various sizes. Choose one which has soft and dense bristles. Scratchy bristles irritate the skin. See to that the handle is long and sturdy. A stippling foundation brush can save a lot of foundation as you need very little quantity when using this brush. It helps spread and blend the foundation very well. All you need to do is take some foundation on the back of your palm and just touch the upper layer of the bristles ( white in color). Then stipple stipple on the face. This technique requires some practice and takes some time. But once you get the hang of it, you would start loving it. It also blends cream/liquid blushes beautifully. While travelling, if you need to carry just one face brush, this would suffice all your needs. Try the below ones

1. MAC 187 Duoe Fibre Brush – Rs.3000
2. Kryolan Professional Buffer Brush – Rs.850
3. Inglot 27TG – Rs.2000

5. Kabuki Brush

Kabuki brushes come in various types – flat top ( Sigma f80) and rounded top ones like The Body Shop Nature’s Mineral Foundation Brush. Kabuki brushes are very dense and the handle is short so it helps in beautifully blending the base makeup products. This is also a multi-purpose brush and one can do a whole face makeup with a kabuki brush. Since they are small, it is very easy to carry them anywhere.
Kabuki brushes can also be used to give a finishing touch to the base makeup. It should be used in a swirling motion all over the face and it removes any streaks or unfinished look. It can be used to apply foundation, blush, powder etc.

The above mentioned types of brushes are easily available in India and abroad. You need to figure out which one works best for you. Choosing the right foundation type and shade is very important. I would be writing about them in the next post soon.

It is not mandatory that you need expensive makeup brushes. Just the right technique is enough.
All you need to remember is, “Less is More“. Make sure you go little by little and blend immediately. Never forget to moisturize your skin very well prior to applying makeup. A moisturizer helps in even foundation application and prevents the foundation from flaking near the nose or mouth.

I hope this post was helpful. Please give your valuable feedback that would help me do better.

Who is Preetha

Preetha is an engineer turned beauty blogger from India. She loves trying out new beauty products and makeup looks. She is a mother of a one year old baby girl and loves photography, cooking and makeup of course.

1 Comment

  1. Neeraj Navare Reply

    I think fingers are the best to apply foundation. It is controllable and takes out all the guess work of foundation application if any. I have always loved a light veil of foundation and some spot concealing and voila you are ready…nice article…for foundation brushes, oriflame makes cheap and amazing ones..

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