Knowing how to apply liquid foundation can be the difference between having flawed and flawless makeup. Applying liquid foundation is pretty simple though, right? Well, kind of. There are still plenty of ways that liquid foundation can go wrong, so the following are just a few foolproof tips for how to apply your foundation like a pro.
Step 1: Find your perfect color.
Test foundation on your jawline and check it in the daylight, the color is correct if it disappears without blending. Finding the right shade at the store can be hard, If you can’t afford to splurge on foundation, get a beauty adviser at the store to help you pick the perfect color.
Step 2: Prep your skin.
For the perfect canvas, make sure your skin is clean and moisturized. Wait five minutes before you apply foundation to let moisturizer sink in. Primer is a skippable step unless your makeup has to last through a late night. Or use it alone on lazy days as a quick complexion smoother. Primer can minimize pores and mattify your face.
Step 3: Swipe it on the right way
If you want just a little coverage, use your fingers, pros advise. For more coverage, use a sponge or a brush. The Beauty-blender Cosmetic Sponge is a favorite among pros: It leaves just the right amount on the skin. For everyday, dab foundation only where you need it to hide pimples, camouflage redness or even out your T-zone. To get an airbrushed finish, blend makeup all over, including the eye area, starting in the middle and working your way out. Just don’t pile on extra for big events or photos. Digital cameras won’t wash you out like old school ones used to, so less is more.
Step 4: Do concealer after foundation
If you apply it before, you’ll use more than you need, and that base of foundation keeps concealer crease-free. Look for a lightweight liquid in a color one shade lighter than your skin. Going too light looks fake, use a small, pointy brush to cover the darkest part of under-eye circles—usually right below the inner and outer corners. If other little skin flaws aren’t quite covered by your foundation, dab on a tiny bit of concealer there too.
Step 5: Finish with a translucent powder.
Translucent powders reflect the light, help skin glow and take down shine. Apply powder using a large powder brush.
I prefer to use a foundation brush or my fingers when applying liquid foundation, so if you’ve got any tips on how to apply foundation with a sponge then feel free to share them! When it comes to how to apply your foundation, what are your best tips and tricks for a flawless finish?