Rethink how to apply foundation. You may never have naturally gorgeous skin—smooth, poreless, even-toned, and in some of your dreams, sprinkled with freckles—but I DO know some techniques to make it seem like you do….
BUFF YOUR FOUNDATION
The main purpose of foundation is to make your skin look magically radiant and even-toned. Not like it’s in an opaque, all-one-colour mask.
It needs to be buffed in. This means applying your foundation—whether it’s a liquid, cream, gel or powder—and then making small circular motions with your tool of choice to gently push the product into your skin. It should look and feel seamless, as if it’s melted in instead of just sitting on top.
Brushes and clean fingers (free!) can be your best friends in creating a flawless face. I prefer using brushes instead of sponges, since sponges can waste a lot of product and are usually better suited for removing excess product rather than applying it.
Here’s some tools you can use:
Flat foundation brushes: Require a skilled hand to “paint” on product, otherwise you’ll be left with streaks or lines.
Buffing brushes: Have densely-packed bristles cut at an even length, which enables you to buff the product into your skin. Buffing brushes can work powders, liquids, creams and gels into the skin for an airbrushed effect. For extra coverage, try tapping the brush on your skin to add more product—you may not even need concealer!
Fingers: Great for cream products, since your body heat warms the product to help it blend easily into your skin. Your fingers are also good for hard-to-reach spaces, such as around your nose. Dab the product in a diamond shape on your face (forehead, cheeks, chin) and then use your index, middle and ring fingers to blend it into your skin, making small, circular motions.
BLENDING FOR BEGINNERS
Always start with a moisturized (but not damp) face. Blending products will be much easier and more comfortable on hydrated skin. You can even dab a tiny bit of moisturizer on your foundation or blush brush to buff in product that’s clinging to dry patches.
Do what work’s for you. These suggestions aren’t meant to be hard and fast rules.
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