The Right And Wrong Way To Apply Foundation To Your Face


One of the fastest ways to look younger and more vibrant is to wear makeup. Doing so, has the ability to even out skin tone, make your eyes more dramatic and also enhance the positive features of the face, while downplaying the not so flattering features.

The completed look starts with a quality foundation. You may feel overwhelmed at the store, deciding between all of the different varieties available. But with a little knowledge and practice, you will have your skin looking picture perfect in no time.

The biggest rule of thumb is to always avoid pulling or dragging the skin. Doing so will cause unnecessary damage and aging.

Let’s take a look at several types of foundations on the market today and how to use them correctly:

Cushion Foundation

One of the newest trends in the beauty industry is cushion foundation. One of the greatest characteristics of this type of foundation, is the ability to layer it according to the coverage needed. It also is known to work well with all skin types.

Loreal makes a terrific formula that is buildable and can cover as much or as little as you desire.

To use, simply press the applicator into the cushion to transfer the foundation to the applicator. Gently tap the applicator across the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. Pat the applicator over the face, until desire coverage is achieved. Then, using downward strokes, gently smooth and tap over the face until completely blended.

Liquid Foundation

Liquid foundation is a staple in most cosmetic bags. When applied correctly, it has amazing coverage yet won’t look cakey. This is also excellent for all skin types, ranging from oily to dry and everything in between.

There is a lot of versatility when it comes to applying liquid foundation. You can use many different things to achieve different effects from this product.

If you are looking for a sheer finish, then a stippling brush should be your tool of choice. It is recommended that you use a “pouncing motion” with the brush, lightly across the entire face. Tap the stippling brush all over until the foundation is well blended and evenly applied.

If you prefer more coverage, apply the foundation with a beauty sponge and build up the areas that need more product. Just dampen the sponge slightly and squeeze out any excess water before adding foundation to it. Use a pressing motion to apply foundation to the skin, then blend by gently tapping the sponge and feathering out the product.

Powder Foundation

Powder foundation works best on normal to oily skin. Drier skin will tend to show more lines with this type, so if your skin is dry, stick with a liquid or cushion form. Powder foundation works great if you are in a hurry or need a quick touch up during the day.

To apply, use a beauty sponge to smooth the product over the areas where you want the most coverage, then gently blend it out with light sweeping motions.

It is also recommended to use a buffing brush to apply the foundation. Simply load the product onto the brush and dot over the face where the most coverage is desired, then blend out in a swirling, circular motion.


The tips above should help you to apply foundation correctly. You may want to try a few different types to see which ones work best with your skin type. You may also prefer applying one kind over the other.

Remember that practice makes perfect and the more you apply the foundation, the easier it will be and the better it will look.

If you are interested in other methods that will keep your skin looking younger, give facial exercise a try. Doing so will tone the facial muscles, smooth fine lines and tighten the face,

For further reading, check out: 12 Hacks And Home Remedies To Naturally Reduce Wrinkles and Skin Friendly Makeup That Won’t Break The Bank.

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