Blending your foundation like a second skin is an art. The famous makeup artist Violette says, “I want people to say, ‘Your skin looks incredible,’ rather than ‘Your foundation is amazing.’”. Foundation forms the amazing canvas for all your other color cosmetics to play around.
Whether the goal is to define an even skin tone, create self-expressive makeup, or provide a blank canvas for your creativity. To achieve the perfect blended makeup, it’s crucial to learn the art of flawlessly blending foundation.
It takes tools, skills, and patience to blend the foundation perfectly. Here, we will learn how to blend foundation with any applicator.
Preparing for Foundation
Preparing your skin for foundation application is essential to achieve a smooth and long-lasting finish. Here are step-by-step process to prepare your face to apply the foundation.
#1 Cleanse Your Face: Start with a clean canvas by washing your face with a gentle cleanser to remove dirt, oil, and makeup residue. This step ensures that your foundation adheres well to your skin.
#2 Exfoliate (Optional): Exfoliating a few times a week can help remove dead skin cells, making your skin smoother. However, avoid harsh exfoliation on the same day you plan to apply foundation, as it can make your skin sensitive.
#3 Apply Moisturizer: Use a suitable moisturizer for your skin type to hydrate and prime your skin. Moisturized skin allows the foundation to go on more evenly. Allow the moisturizer to absorb for a few minutes.
#4 Use Sunscreen: If your moisturizer doesn’t contain SPF, apply sunscreen to protect your skin from UV damage. Sunscreen is especially important during the daytime.
#5 Use a Primer (Optional): A makeup primer can create a smooth base, minimize pores, and help your foundation last longer. Choose a primer that matches your skin type and concerns, whether it’s hydrating, mattifying, or color-correcting.
#6 Conceal Blemishes: If you have specific blemishes or areas that require extra coverage, apply concealer before your foundation. This helps to target imperfections directly.
#7 Choose the Right Foundation: Select a foundation that matches your skin tone and type. Test the shade on your jawline or wrist to ensure a good match. You can choose from liquid, powder, cream, or stick foundations, depending on your preference.
How To Blend Your Foundation?
The tools commonly used to blend foundation are a foundation brush, sponge, and your fingertips. No matter what tool you use to blend foundation - buff the foundation into your skin; don’t paint, buff. Let’s learn how to use blending tools to blend your foundation.
Apply With a Foundation Brushes
Brushes are great when you are going for a full-coverage finish, but before, wisely choose your tool. Avoid thick bristle brushes as they tend to leave strokes and absorb more of the product.
So, how do you use a brush to blend the foundation? Avoid streakiness: Lighten your hand, take time to stroke your skin, and allow your brush to flush on your skin.
Apply several dots of the foundation closely on your face as they blend for a flawless finish. Now, hand the brush and dab the brush along your skin to blend everything. Flow your brush silky smooth until you get an even layer of coverage across your entire face.
Do not hesitate to add more foundation depending on the need.
Apply With a Makeup Sponges
Makeup artists famously use makeup sponges to blend the makeup. Sponges are also great after-brush application tool to blend the edges and bristle lines left by the brushes.
Run the makeup sponge under clean water and then squeeze out any excess water. The sponge should be slightly damp, not dripping wet. This helps the sponge absorb less foundation and provides a smoother application.
Pour a small amount of foundation onto the back of your hand. This allows you to control the amount of product you use.
Use the damp sponge to pick up a small amount of foundation from the back of your hand. Begin by gently dabbing or stippling the foundation onto your skin. Start from the center of your face and work your way outwards. This helps distribute the product evenly.
With the sponge, use a gentle bouncing or stippling motion to blend the foundation into your skin. Avoid dragging or rubbing the sponge, as this can cause streaks and uneven coverage. Continue blending until you achieve your desired coverage and a seamless finish.
Pay special attention to areas where you need more coverage, such as blemishes or redness. You can apply an extra foundation layer to these areas and blend it in with the sponge.
Apply With Your Fingers
Believe it or not, your fingers can be one of the most versatile and effective tools for achieving seamlessly blended makeup. They are particularly well-suited for achieving a flawless makeup finish.
You’ll achieve more control over makeup application with your fingertips however, you can not buff like sponges and or brush, so you have to take extra care while blending foundation.
After preparing your skin with a clean, moisturized face, select a matching foundation shade. Apply a small amount to your fingertips and distribute it by dotting it across your face. Blend with gentle upward and outward motions, focusing on your jawline and hairline.
Pay extra attention to areas needing more coverage. Check your work in natural lighting for even coverage and a seamless finish.
Set Your Foundation
Setting your foundation is an essential step in your makeup routine to help your makeup last longer, reduce shine, and create a smooth, flawless finish. To set your foundation and prevent it from creasing or becoming oily throughout the day, you have several options:
Translucent Setting Powder: Apply a translucent setting powder with a makeup brush or sponge. This will help absorb excess oil and set your foundation in place. Make sure to blend the powder evenly, focusing on areas prone to shine, such as the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin).
Setting Spray: A setting spray can be used before or after applying setting powder. It helps lock your makeup in place and gives a natural finish. Hold the spray a few inches away from your face and mist it evenly.
Baking (Optional): Baking is a technique where you apply a generous amount of loose setting powder to areas you want to highlight or prevent creasing (e.g., under the eyes). Leave it on for a few minutes, and then dust off the excess powder with a brush.
Pressed Powder: If you prefer pressed powder, use a compact with a puff or brush to apply it evenly over your foundation.