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The ultimate goal of applying foundation is to make your face look like an ethereal, glowing slab of marble with neither a blemish nor scar visible. However, applying foundation can sometimes feel like a feat shrouded in mystery. So, to simplify the foundation process, we have broken down the exact steps, and techniques that will help you get the most natural-looking finish, every single time.
Step 1: Clean It
Make sure you sufficiently remove your makeup and wash your face every night, so that in the morning your face is clean and ready for you to start your foundation routine with an oil-free slate. The best way to remove leftover makeup, oil, or grime is to lightly cleanse your skin with a cotton pad soaked in micellar water.
Step 2: Prep It
Foundation gets a bad rap for looking dry and flaky, but 99 percent of the time, it’s actually due to user error. Even the heaviest of matte foundations can still look soft and natural, as long as you correctly prep and hydrate your skin with a good moisturizer. After cleansing, massage a thin layer of moisturizer all over your face (avoiding the eyelids), letting the cream sink in for 5-10 minutes before applying your foundation.
Step 3: Start It
Add two pumps of your Flawless Liquid Cream Foundation, then use a foundation brush to dab the foundation onto your skin, starting at the centre of the face and blending it outward. Don’t worry about making it look perfect just yet—that part comes next.
Step 4: Blend It
Grab a damp makeup sponge (make sure you’ve already squeezed out any excess water into a paper towel), and gently dab, dab, dab—never smudge or swipe—the side of the sponge over your face to seamlessly melt the foundation into your skin. Use the pointed tip of the sponge to blend out the foundation around your nose and eyes.
Step 5: Fine-Tune It
If you’re still concerned by your spots, acne scars, or redness, tap on a concealer with your ring finger, let it set for five minutes, then lightly bounce the tip of your sponge over the concealer to blend it out without smudging it off.
Step 6: Set It
To keep your foundation from slipping and sliding by noon, dust a translucent powder over just your T-zone (where all skin types get oily first) with a giant fluffy brush. Dip the brush in the powder, then tap off the excess and swirl it over your forehead, nose, and chin in soft, concentric circles.
If you follow these tips then you will successfully master how to apply smooth, glowing, non-patchy foundation, and you will then be ready to share your new wealth of knowledge with the world.