The Best Way to Apply Foundation, According to Your Skin Type or Concern

Your foundation application is the literal base of your makeup. Find out the best tools and application techniques to fake flawless skin.

Dry skin

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Because dry skin tends to have an uneven texture, applying foundation or concealer with your fingers may end up emphasizing dry patches or other uneven texture. Plus, it’s harder for your skin to absorb the product, which can result in an unnatural look. Instead of merely swiping product around your skin, after moisturizing, use a makeup sponge or Beauty Blender to bounce foundation into your face. Always make sure to wet and wring out your sponge prior to foundation application to get the best finish. Good skincare is always your first step to natural-looking makeup. Try these home remedies for dry skin.

Oily skin

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Although finding a foundation that stays put is important, the way you apply it is equally critical. How to apply foundation? In order to remain shine-free, dot your foundation around the face in a circular motion with a stipple brush; this helps achieve a matte finish. However, don’t use too much pressure—it may create streaks. For oilier areas, apply a layer of powder to eliminate shine and prevent makeup from slipping throughout the day. Opt for loose translucent powders which will help absorb excess oil better than regularly pressed formulas. Read on to learn the truth behind commonly oily skin myths.

Acne-prone skin

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Between the redness, unevenness, and tenderness, your sensitive skin requires a bit more attention. Because you want to make your pimples and acne scars magically disappear for the day, full-coverage concealer aimed at those spots is key. Using your fingers will be most effective at targeting localized areas and will help warm up the product to help melt it into your skin flawlessly. Washing your hands thoroughly before application is a must to prevent exposing your pores to breakout-inducing bacteria. Find out the 10 gross things that happen when you don’t clean your makeup tools.

All-over redness

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When you want ample coverage for your entire face, flat-top kabuki brushes are the tool for you. These dense brushes absorb the minimal amount of foundation in their bristles, which means more foundation makes it on to your skin. How to apply foundation with a kabuki brush? Start by dispensing foundation onto the back of your hand, then dab only the ends of the bristles into the product. Apply it to your skin using circular motions. The key is to buff the product into your skin as opposed to rubbing it; this will allow the foundation to sit delicately on your pores and give you full, yet natural looking coverage.

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