Foundation Basics

10 Easy Steps to Properly Apply a foundation “base” for your face.

  1. Cleanser

You always want to start the makeup application process with fresh, clean skin. A great product that dermatologist recommend is VaniCream. This cleanser comes as a bar of soap.  You can purchase VaniCream at your local drug store for around $4.  VaniCream is a great product for anyone who has very sensitive skin. Lather it up in a wash cloth in some warm water and gently exfoliate your skin.


  1. Moisturize

Moisturizing is a very important step to creating a perfect pallet for your makeup to sit on. If your skin is really dry, makeup does not go on as smooth. You want to make sure to use a moisturizing lotion before applying makeup.  A moisturizer a lot of top makeup artists use is Embryolisse.  This product is sold online and in French drugstores and retails for about $17.  To use, apply a light coat and let dry completely before moving on to the next step.


  1. Primer

Primers help set the stage for a flawless makeup application. There are a number of benefits to using a primer after your lotion.  Most importantly, primers seal pores, help makeup stay on longer, and reduce the appearance of acne and redness.  Applying primer is not a step you should consider skipping. The best primer on the market is Smash Box, Photo Finish Primer.


  1. Concealer

Concealers are not created equal. Some concealers are very thin while others are way too thick. I personally like to apply concealer before foundation so it can be blended under the foundation versus sitting on top of the foundation.  However, Steps 4 and 5 are often interchangeable for people.  Currently, there is an amazing concealer on the market that I use on all my clients called IT Cosmetics, Bye Bye Under-eye.  Remember, use sparingly, a little goes along way! I blend with a brush or a beauty blender for the perfect coverage.
*Pro Tip* Set your under-eye concealer with a light powder immediately after application of under eye concealer, this is to prevent creasing underneath your eyes.



  1. Foundation

Now that your skin is prepped and primed, it is time to apply the foundation of your choice. There is really no easy way to recommend a foundation to someone because all skin types are created differently. However, the way you apply your foundation can make all the difference in the world.  You can use a “skunk” brush. Yes, you can apply liquid foundation with a brush! Who knew, right? The best way to apply is to use a small, swirling circle motion all over the skin. Start at your forehead and head down to your chin. Applying foundation this way is going to create an airbrush finished look. “Skunk” brushes are available at MAC.



  1. Powder

After applying foundation, I always like to set the makeup with a light dusting of powder. This is a step you end up doing twice. Using a big fluffy brush, dust across your T-zone and cheeks. The best powder for oily skin is by MAC called Blot powder. This is a loose powder that does not cake like pressed powders.  However, be careful, it is very MESSY! Always tap the brush off before sweeping across your face.


  1. Blush

Blush comes in many different colors. One rule of thumb, if you do have acne or wrinkles stay away from the sparkling types of blushes. You would need to go for a more natural look, this is called matte. Yes, it is boring.  However, cameras pick up those sparkles and translate them to a sweaty and shiny face on film. However, if those tips don’t apply to you then Nars Orgasm is by far the absolute best blush on the market! Hands down, I use it on almost everyone!



  1. Bronzer

Bronzers are similar blush in that they come in many shades. Bronzers either have orangey undertones, rosy tones, or dark brown tones.  You want to find a bronzer  that is going to work best for your skin tone and give you a natural glow. You have to be careful with bronzer too, a little goes a long way! Like blush, do not get something that is sparkly. The best brush to apply a minimal amount of bronzer on your cheekbones is a fan brush.  Fan brushes are a great tool to use in order to achieve a natural glow.



  1. Highlight

Highlighting with pressed powder is a great choice to get your feet wet with the concept of highlighting your facial bone structure. Purchasing an additional fan brush used only for highlighting your face would be a great addition to your makeup kit. You can use a highlight above where you added bronzer, down your nose, between your lips, under the cheekbones, across your temples. Always start out with a light dusting and build the product as needed.

mac hightlight

  1. Setting Powder/Finishing Spray

Repeating step 6, make sure to work in your powder all over your face.  Ending with a setting powder is going to help set the additional makeup you have added to your face.  Finally, you want to finish your look off with a couple mists of finishing spray. Finishing spray helps polish your look for hours to come. By far, the best on the market is Urban Decay All Nighter. Once you try this product, you will never skip this step again.

all nighter


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  1. Reply July 29, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    love the detail really want to try the smash box photo finish x

    1. Reply July 30, 2016 at 2:14 am

      You can get a trial size sample at Nordstrom Rack for a great deal! It feels so silky smooth!

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