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How to Apply Liquid Foundation

[See the rest of our How to Apply Makeup series for beginners.]

Foundation is the basis of many great makeup looks. Foundation can help your skin tone appear even and help minimize flaws. A good application can make the difference between a picture-perfect finish and a glamour don’t. We have all seen bad foundation applications on women who look like they are wearing an orange mask or whose faces don’t match their necks. But there is no reason to be intimidated. It is actually quite easy to apply foundation. Here’s how:

1. Color selection is the first step in avoiding obvious foundation lines. It is best to buy foundation at a store where you can try the colors because it can be very difficult to judge shades based on the package alone. Bring someone with you who you trust to give you an honest opinion about whether or not a shade is right for you. Also, be sure to step outside of the store to see how the color looks on your skin in the sunlight. Foundation that looks great in the store could look clown-like in natural light.

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2. Begin with well-hydrated skin for even coverage. Moisturize your face and let it sink in for about five minutes.

3. Pour a very small amount of foundation onto your fingertips and dot onto your cheeks, forehead, nose and chin.

4. Using a damp cosmetic sponge, blend each dot outward until all areas of the face are covered. You can apply a little more if needed. After you are satisfied with the results, take your sponge or brush and blend the line where the foundation ends one more time around the perimeter of your face to ensure that no visible lines remain.

5. Dust with loose powder to help set the foundation in place.

6. Check your face in natural light to make sure everything is blended nicely.

Foundation doesn’t have to be scary to apply or look bad. If you’re not confident in your technique, practice before applying the rest of your makeup so that you can wash it off and start over if you aren’t happy with the results.


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One Response to “How to Apply Liquid Foundation”
  1. Colour matching on your neck rather than your face or jaw gives a good match. This is where your foundation ultimately has to blend, so keep this in mind when choosing tones.

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