Applying Foundation Archives

Watch How to Apply Liquid Foundation

Here’s an opportunity to watch Paula Begoun, the Cosmetics Cop, demonstrate how she applies  a liquid foundation.  She prefers to put her foundation on before concealer.  Also, she says that she only uses a toner, rather than moisturizer, since she has oily skin.  I have always found that some kind of oil-free moisturizer or primer makes my foundation last longer.  Paula uses her own foundation, but there are other liquid ones you can use which will also help with your acne if you have oily skin, such as the Neutrogena Skin Clearing foundation.

Take a look at the video and grab a few tips from Paula.


How to Apply Foundation

woman putting on foundation

Learning how to apply foundation the correct way can make all the difference between looking natural and flawless, or looking as if you are wearing a mask. With a few basic guidelines, you can achieve the flawless look and become a pro at applying your own foundation. You might even get asked to start doing your friends’ makeup!

If you’ve prepared your skin with gentle cleansing, acne treatment, and moisturizer it should be in good shape for makeup.  After preparing your skin, you should have applied concealer wherever needed, though some people prefer to apply concealer after their foundation.  Now you are ready to put your preferred foundation on.

As with concealer, your best tools are your fingers.  However, many people like to use a makeup sponge or a foundation brush.  If you do use these, make sure they are very clean.  Otherwise, they will deposit bacteria back on your face and irritate your acne further.  Personally, I don’t like using sponges or brushes since they absorb too much of the foundation and then it gets used up faster.

Follow these steps to ensure an smooth, natural looking finish with your foundation:

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