Tips to flawless foundation application

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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.

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

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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

Foundations
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)

Beautyblender
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.

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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.

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Some of my favourites.

Classic makeup tutorial / Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette

  

I talked about classic makeup and how it suits about everybody here. So I decided to do a tutorial about that! In this look I’m doing all that basic foundation stuff, warm brown eyeshadows and coral red lips. If you want to know how to achieve this beautiful makeup look or just want to see the process, keep on reading!

FACE/BROWS  – RVB Lab The Makeup Smoothing Primer/ MUFE Ultra HD Foundation in 140 / MUFE Pro Sculpting Kit in 30 / Everyday Minerals Multitasking Concealer& Finishing Powder / KikoMilano Desert Dunes trio Baked Blush in Gypsy Pink / Guerlain Brow Pencil in Blonde / Maybelline Browdrama in Medium Brown

1. Apply primer to clean moisturised skin. You can find help on choosing what primer and other crucial makeup basic stuff here.
2. Apply foundation with beautyblender. I recommend applying 1-2 thin layers instead of putting on too much foundation at once.
3. Do your contouring and highlighting. I added also blush since I have it in my palette. Not a fan of contouring? Just add a touch of blush and lightly bronze your face to give it warmth.
4. Set your face with powder. I used a lighter powder (multitasking) in the same spots that I applied my highlighter and the regular (finishing) powder on the rest of my face.
5. Do your brows. I’m really not a pro at this so I promise to do a tutorial once I have my brows under control. Just do your best.

EYES – Urban Decay Primer Potion / Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar/ Zuii Organic Eye Pencil in Black / Benefit They’re Real Mascara/ Ardell Demi Wispies Lashes

1. Apply primer to your lids and set it with powder or eyeshadow that matches your skin. I used ‘Coconut Creme’ from my palette.
2. Apply ‘Butter Pecan’ or other light shimmer colour to your inner corners as well as your brow bone.
3. Apply ‘Bon Bon’ on your lids. Press lightly to get the best pigment.
4. Apply ‘Peanut Butter’ to the crease and slightly above it – depending on your eye shape. I have hooded/deep set eyes so I take it quite high.
5. Blend. It’s up to you how visible you want your colours to be or if you want the colour to fade towards the brow bone.
6. Apply ‘Truffled’ to your outer corners and make a wing out of it. What? Okay so let’s keep on reading..

7. .. So here’s how it’s supposed to look when you close your eyes. It’s this V-shape/wing thing. Okay? Good. Then blend it out ’cause that looks ridiculous.
8. Apply the same shade ‘Truffled’ to your lower lashline as well. Be sure that the colours meet in the outer corner. So it’s like a line from your lower lashline all the way to the end of your brow as you can see from the third picture.
9. Line your eyes with black or brown pencil or eyeliner. I did a soft line with my black eye pencil.
10. Curl your lashes, apply mascara and fake lashes if you want to.

liptutLIPS – MUFE Aqua Lip in 15C / Rimmel The Only 1 Lipstick in Cheeky Coral

11. I really recommend using a lipliner before applying lipstick. It helps to see where the lipstick should go. You can start with your cupid’s bow and just line a half of your lip. Then I recommend smiling ’cause then you can see how your lip looks naturally. Now it’s easier to make the other side match to the other. Just do all weird motions with your lips so you really get the colour to all the cracks and your lip shape looks natural!
12. Add lipstick and smile ’cause you’re done and you look fabulous!

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