There are many foundation application techniques available. Here we look at six of the best – experiment to see what works best for you.
1. Before you start
Firstly, you need a good base. Cleanse or exfoliate your skin, make sure that your skin is moisturised, and apply a primer to aid the makeup’s staying power if you feel you need one.
2. Decide on coverage
Foundations come in sheer, light, medium and full coverage. There are many foundations available in these categories, so you will easily find a suitable product; for example, you might choose Clarins makeup.
3. Colour matching
Colour matching should be done on the chest area for a uniform and seamless appearance. The aim is to find a colour that easily disappears into your chest. Brands such as Clarins makeup offer a range of excellent products.
Before applying foundation, you can correct any redness on your face using a green corrector. If your skin is lifeless and dull, a purple corrector will brighten your look; if you have dark circles under your eyes, choose a peach or orange corrector. Cosmopolitan has some advice for beginners on how to use foundation.
4. Application methods
Brushes, fingers and sponges can all be used, so experiment to find out which you prefer. The warmth of your fingers helps the foundation to melt into your skin. Brushes provide sheer or high coverage – stippling brushes give less while buffing brushes provide more.
5. Sponges and brushes
Sponges are useful for soaking up excess product. Using a sponge from start to finish works well; alternatively, you could apply and blend the foundation using a brush and then use a damp sponge to finish the blending.
If using a brush, press the foundation into the skin, particularly around your nose. Apply a second layer, buffing the skin in circular motions. Work in thin layers until you have the desired result.
Use a swiping motion with a damp sponge for sheer coverage; for more coverage, use a press and roll method. Always finish by gently pressing your fingers all over your face to help the foundation blend seamlessly.
6. Setting your foundation
To set your foundation, finish with some loose or compact powder, keeping this to a light dusting; alternatively, use a setting spray to help the makeup last.