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How to Apply Liquid Foundation

Updated on October 19, 2013

Prepping your Skin

Start by washing your face with your favorite face wash. Next, apply an alcohol free toner. Toners help prevent your face from becoming oily. I recommend using an alcohol free toner to prevent drying your skin out. Next is to apply a moisturizer. This is important even if you have oily skin. My favorite oil-free moisturizer is Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel because it feels very light on my skin. An optional step is to apply a primer after moisturizing. This helps makeup last longer as well as covers pores and evens out your skin tone.

Applying Foundation

There are many ways to apply foundation

  • Foundation Brush
  • Sponge/ Beauty Blender
  • Flat Top Kabuki Brush
  • Fingers

When using any tool you can either dot the foundation onto your face and use the brush or sponge to blend it out, or you can put the foundation on the back of your hand and dip the brush or sponge into it lightly. Make sure to apply the foundation to the inner part of your face and blend it out. This prevents any harsh makeup lines around your face.

E.L.F. Cosmetic Foundation Brush
E.L.F. Cosmetic Foundation Brush

Method 1: Foundation Brush

Use the flat side of the brush to make stokes down and out. If you have trouble blending, making small 'x' motions can help. Use the edge of the brush to apply foundation around your nose. This method can be used to apply a light or full coverage depending on the amount of foundation you use.

A concealer brush looks just like this foundation brush but it is smaller. This is good for applying concealer to the under eye area and to any blemishes.

Sigma Beauty Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki Brush. F-80
Sigma Beauty Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki Brush. F-80

Method 2: Flat Top Kabuki Brush

This is a very dense brush that is better if you want a full coverage. Use small, circular motions to buff the foundation into your skin. This method creates a flawless, airbrushed look.

Beauty Blender
Beauty Blender

Method 3: Sponges and Beauty Blender

Sponges and the Beauty Blender are great if you want a more natural look. They leave skin with a nice dewy look that can be quite sheer. Use the wide part of the sponge to apply the foundation to your entire face, and the smaller edge to apply it to the under eye area and to any blemishes. It is important to wet the sponge before you use it because they tend to soak up a lot of the product.


Method 4: Fingers

I like to use all of the methods, but this one is probably my favorite. Before applying foundation, make sure your hands are clean. I put one pump of foundation onto the tips of my fingers, then blend it between my hands to warm it. After I apply it to my face I use a stippling brush to buff it into my skin using small, circular motions.

Final Touches

The last step is to apply concealer and then set your foundation. Make sure to blend your concealer well. I then take a translucent powder and a powder brush to set my foundation. Lightly sweep the brush across your face. If you have dry skin you can skip the powder, or only apply it to your t-zone. Apply blush and eye makeup and you are ready to go!

What is your favorite method for applying foundation?

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