Tips to flawless foundation application


Wrong way to do it – and the right way. The first picture also shows that the foundation shade is a bit too red for me – in the other picture I’m wearing a yellow-based shade, which is perfect.


Here is what the base looks like after foundation. It’s easy to see where you need the concealer, so apply it after foundation.


Here is the finished look.

Sometimes the most simple things seem to be the most problematic. For makeup enthusiastic foundation may really be easy and almost boring necessity but for beginners it can be overwhelming.  Why my foundation doesn’t blend? Why my foundation looks cakey? Am I doing it right? I decided to share my tips to flawless foundation application – maybe there’s something new for you to learn! I included photos of how not to apply foundation – and how it should be done.

Oh and if the question is: how to choose the right foundation? Check this post.

Tip number 1: Use a beautyblender. It really makes a difference. A moist makeup sponge makes the application a lot more easier. It blends the foundation onto the skin beautifully so you den’t get streaks. The water in the sponge blends and thins out the foundation so beautyblender actually also gives you a natural glowy sheer finish.  If you have normal or dry skin you can use a really wet sponge and if you’re oily you can just spray the sponge lightly with water ’cause you don’t need all that extra moisture.

Tip number 2: Apply thin layers. Start small. Take a little bit of foundation and blend it to the skin little by little rather than applying one thick layer. You can always apply more but it’s not as easy to take off excess foundation afterwards.  Thin layers don’t necessarily offer as much coverage as you’d like – but that’s what concealer is for! Concealers are usually very pigmented so they are perfect for any redness spots or dark under eye areas. Use a concealer.

Tip number 3: Show some skin. Don’t cover up everything. Your real skin can and should shine a bit through. It makes you look more natural and it looks better when wearing off. You can start the application on the center of your face: on the forehead, on the nose, on the cheeks and a bit on the chin. Start there and blend with circular motions. This way you get the most coverage on the center of your face – which is what people see when they look at you – and almost not any foundation on the sides of your face.

Tip number 4: Try mineral makeup. Mineral makeup offers an easy solution to all of these problems. It’s easy to apply with a brush and it gives you a nice coverage – you don’t even necessarily need a concealer. Mineral makeup reacts with your skin temperature and “melts” to your skin so it looks extremely natural and it also gives you a nice glow. Mineral makeup (depending on the brand) is also good for problematic skin. It lets your skin breathe and it doesn’t clog pores – actually it moisturizes, balances and protects it.

Some product recommendations

Affordable: Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude 25HR, Loreal Infallible 24-HR Matte, Maybelline Fit Me
In between: Paese matte&cover, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation
High end: Diorskin Forever Everlasting makeup, Clarins Everlasting foundation

Mineral makeup: Everyday Minerals (affordable), Jane Iredale (luxury)
Flower makeup: Zuii Organic (A flower-powder based foundation with some minerals in it)

For beautyblender I recommend getting the real deal. I know that there are some great dupes but there are also some not-so-great ones. With the original beautyblender you don’t have to guess.


This is what I wear on these pictures. I used Rimmel for the “wrong” demonstration and Clarins in the finished look. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in shade Vanilla & Joe Blasco Red Neutralizer.


Some of my favourites.


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