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For something so basic, foundation can be really intimidating. There are so many different options and methods for applying it, and they’re usually being explained to you by someone who’d very much like to sell you something.
Depending on where your beauty skill level is at, you may feel more comfortable using your fingers to apply your foundation, a beauty blender (which is basically a new fandangle foundation sponge) or you may feel completely comfortable using a foundation brush. Once you have mastered applying foundation with a brush, it’s actually quicker than using your fingers – but you’ll have to put time in learning to save time later on.
Because I’ve worked in the beauty industry for quite some time, I feel most comfortable using a brush to apply my foundation – and for the most part, I recommend it. Why? Because when you use your fingers to apply foundation, you are warming up the liquid on your fingertips as you blend it onto the skin. That can look fantastic immediately but isn’t so great for longevity.
When you apply with your fingers, you are cutting the life-span of the product down. When you use a foundation brush, the product is heat activated by your face once it’s applied, not by your fingers. Not pre-heating a product with your hands means it will mould in and last longer throughout the day.
But since makeup is a ‘choose your own adventure’, here are some suggestions for you, no matter where you sit on the makeup skill scale.
If you’re a believer that your face is not a canvas and brushes should be left to the Monets and Picassos, there’s nothing wrong with a little ‘finger painting’.
BB Creams are a great way to combine serum, moisturiser, primer, foundation and sunblock. The coverage of the product is higher than a tinted moisturiser, and using your fingertips to apply is encouraged for a ‘glowy’ second-skin appearance.
BB Creams rarely last on the skin all day, and SPF has a two hour lifespan, so keep it in your handbag for a midday touch up and add cream blush on the cheeks for a quick dewy flush.
Beauty Blenders are a great way to buff your foundation into the skin if you’re always stuck with streaks when you attempt foundation application using a brush. If you want to skip the brush step all together, you can even place some foundation on the sponge itself and blend into the skin.
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