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How to use a Makeup Brush to Apply Foundation

How to use a Makeup Brush to Apply Foundation

Getting the hang of how to apply liquid foundation can make the difference between flawed and flawless makeup. While applying liquid foundation is pretty simple, there are a few common mistakes that can be easily avoided. Today, we give you a few foolproof tips, so you never have to look less than your fabulous self ever again!

Step 1: Every foundation will look uneven and cakey if applied to dry skin, but this is particularly true of liquid foundation.  Always, always, always moisturize your skin before application and you’ll be amazed at the results. You will also want to get in the habit of using a primer beforehand.

Step 2: Take a clean brush (we can’t stress this enough – the brush should always be squeaky clean). Never leave your brushes unwashed after application as foundation residue will slowly start to build up and this will lead to uneven application or worse – skin irritation, acne or infections.

Step 3: Dip the brush into the foundation to load it and start dabbing. This is the secret of celebrity makeup artists – they don’t pull, they gently dab! Stroke down towards the face very, very lightly. The more you dab on a particular spot, the heavier the foundation will appear there, so try to make it even. Later you might want to blend it with your finger or a sponge.

Step 4: Work in areas. It’s easier to control the application if you divide your face in sections – cheeks, chin and forehead – and work on one at a time. Pour a small amount of foundation on the back of your hand and dab your brush onto it to load it before application.

Step 5: Blending is the next step of the process and you want to take your time with it as you don’t want to be left with uneven or unnaturally-looking makeup. You can do so with a sponge or the bush you used for application, but fingers usually work best. Always blend with small, circular motions and work in small areas to create an even coverage.

Step 6: Give your foundation 2 to 3 minutes to dry before seeing if it needs another round of application. If it continues to remain moist after this time, gently dab it with a tissue paper to take out excess residue and finish off with translucent powder before continuing with your makeup. It’s best to use a separate clean brush for the powder because it will stick to the foundation residue.

When choosing a brush for applying liquid foundation, try and find a dense, flat top one. The Sigma F80 is an excellent choice. Wash your brushes every 3-4 days to avoid residue caking. Read more Face Makeup Tips here.


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