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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