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