Two Ways to Apply Your Foundation Like a Boss

I bet if you Googled how to apply foundation the amount of different techniques for application would be endless, like a bottomless basket of fries. Everyone has their own method of applying foundation, but there are two methods that I have found give me the best results.

Method 1:

The Beauty Blender is a pretty popular tool for applying complexion makeup, and with good reason. This sponge is really great at getting everything well blended and is my go-to when I am working towards a more natural, skin-like finish for my foundation.

After I’ve dampened my sponge with warm water and squeezed out the excess liquid, I dot foundation all over my face. Then I take the wide, rounded edge of the Beauty Blender and basically bounce it gently over my face until everything is well blended.

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Side note: For some reason the red Beauty Blender is a little rougher than the other ones so I’d skip buying that color.

I use the pointed end of the sponge to gently pat my under eye concealer in and to blend in liquid highlighter.

Even with powder to set everything, the Beauty Blender gives foundation a finish that just looks like my skin but more even toned.

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On the lips: Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Sheer Shame

Method 2:

When I want a fuller coverage look, I like to use a dense buffing brush to apply foundation. I still dot my foundation my face first but then I go in in with a buffing brush and use circular motions to blend my foundation in.foundation tips

My two favorite brush currently are the Sigma 3DHD and the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (used above). Both have really tightly packed (soft) bristles; the 3DHD is nice because it’s tapered in the middle so you can really get around hard to reach spaces (side of the nose, etc.) and the Expert Face Brush is small enough to blend your concealer out as well.

For powder highlighter I like to use a soft fan brush to gently sweep the product on the high points of my cheek bones, down the center of my nose, and just above my cupid’s bow.

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This fan brush is from Sonia Kashuk

The finished look using a brush is definitely fuller coverage, so I usually reserve this method for when my skin is misbehaving or when I am taking pictures.

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On the lips: NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anita

What’s your preferred method of foundation application? Comment below and let me know!


8 thoughts on “Two Ways to Apply Your Foundation Like a Boss

  1. I like to apply with fingers and then buff over it with a buffing brush to smooth the finish. At least I think that’s what brush it is, brushes have changed a lot since I started this game, lol. People used to use those flat foundation brushes, but they always left a streaky finish for me, the buffing brushes are so much better (by buffing brush I mean one of those densely packed flared brushed that’s flat on the money end, mine’s a cheap-y e.l.f. brush that’s just labeled “powder brush,” I think that’s the type of brush you mean by buffing brush!). Anyway, fingers then brush saves product and gives me a good finish.

    1. There’s about a million different brush options now too lol! I use a flat brush if I’m actually painting my face but otherwise I think it just applies too much. I use my fingers sometimes with BB Creams or tinted moisturizers!

  2. Beauty blender is my preferred way, but I have been looking for a brush to invest in. Thanks so much for the great content and beautiful pics!!!

  3. I just bought this RT brush form a store called DIrt Cheap (kind of a salvage store) where prices are food, but products are clean and packaged. It was so good I went back to get the other one, but was nice enough to let another customer get it. My mom told me she already had enough brushes, so rather than get it for s friend, I gave it to a stranger. Surely that is worth some Karma points, and I know how hard it is to get good brushes!!!! 🙂 thanks for the advice, Tamara. Also, I left some goofy pics in a rely to you on vain so you can tell me if you think the Anastasia MR palette would work on me, or if I should stick to the Lorac Pro. I have a lot of redness in my skin. Thanks honey!!!!

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