Back with foundation week, and today we are going to talk all about application. This can go two ways: we can barely scratch the surface or deep dive. So I’m going to try to find a sweet spot. I know most of us don’t have 30-40 minutes to do makeup daily, we want something quick, but that looks good, and we want it to last.
I think I mentioned this earlier this week on the blog, but it’s hard knowing what to do or not to do with your makeup. There are many opinions, different ways to apply, and many VOICES. And that should tell you one thing- do what works for you. If you like to use something that works for you, then there is no need to fix what isn’t broken. Now that doesn’t mean you can’t try something new. You should- you’ll never know what you may end up loving.
Let’s move on… today I want to share things I have learned along the way, my tips and tricks, and how I apply my foundation. I will address some of the most significant issues and complaints I have heard from you below …
tip #1 for how to apply foundation
Right off the bat, SKINCARE, SKINCARE! I promise that exfoliating your skin and moisturizing will change your foundation game. Now, yes- you will still have wrinkles and skin texture, but a good routine will make a huge difference. Don’t forget to let your skincare dry down at least 5 minutes too before applying foundation
tip #2 for how to apply foundation
Choose the proper foundation for your skin. If you get super oily, a foundation like byMario may not be the best. I would suggest sticking to a more matte foundation.
tip #3 for how to apply foundation
Work in thin and even layers, and build from there. If you want more coverage, apply only to the areas you want to cover more and not all over. Also, when using matte foundations, work in sections. Matte foundations tend to dry quickly, so that means you have to work quickly before they dry down, or you’ll get seperation
tip #4 for how to apply foundation
You can use a brush or a sponge, and both work great! A sponge will soak up more product and give you a sheer finish. A brush will provide you with full coverage.
P.S. when using a brush, don’t swipe but tap to build and blend things out. I like using my fingers first and then using a brush or sponge to blend everything out. Remember, your beauty blender needs to be DAMP- squeeze out ALL excess water. Watch this video here.
Setting powders- do just that, set your makeup. Setting powders are usually also used for “baking.” A setting powder is designed to help absorb oil and lock things in place.
Finishing powder is more of a “final step” in the makeup application. Geared towards hiding texture, like pores and fine lines. You can run into caking or flaking if you try to set your makeup with a finishing powder.
tip #6 for how to apply foundation
Know the difference between finishing spray and setting spray. And yes, there is a difference.
Your MAC+ is a finishing spray. It gives you that skinlike appearance and brings back some glow to your skin after baking or using powders. Setting spray will set your makeup; it contains alcohol, which helps set things and keep them sweatproof.
tip #7 for how to apply foundation
When you’re in between shades, try using the L.A. Girl
mixing pigment is great when you’re in between seasons or shades. They come in 4 different colors, and it does not change the formula of the foundation. They come in 4 different shades; white can be used to lighten your shade. Orange can be used to shift your foundation for a warmer undertone. Blue can be used to shift your foundation for a neutral undertone. Yellow can shift your foundation for a golden undertone
tip #8 for how to apply foundation
Make sure to match your primer to your foundation. I mentioned this in the first post and how to tell if your foundation is oil, water, or silicone-based (see the post here). If you’re using a silicone-based foundation, use a silicone-based primer. That way, you won’t have any separation going on.
Phew, you still here?! 🤣
Thank you so much for stopping by today! I really hope this helps you understand more on how to apply foundation to get the perfect coverage. Any questions? Send me a DM or comment below!
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