In my opinion foundation is probably the most important part of my makeup routine, it covers the most area and a badly applied foundation is pretty much a disaster in my books but there are so many different ways to apply foundation that it can can be a little confusing as to which way is best. To be honest I really don’t believe there is a best way to apply foundation. You always have to consider the product you’re using, what sort of finish you want and then just play around and find your favourite way to get your desired affect.
I usually look for a medium coverage, which looks natural of course and always use a liquid foundation which leaves me with a few choices of brushes, my fingertips or a sponge.
Quite popular amongst the blogging world are buffing brushes, with my favourite being the Real Techniques Buffing brush. They’re great when I want to get my foundation on quickly but also blends beautifully, it’s a great one for beginners and I love it to finish of my foundation even if I don’t apply it with this brush just to make sure there are no harsh lines but it also works well with other cream products such as blush.
My current favourite way (and it changes almost weekly) is to use a standard flat foundation brush, there are so many about and I don’t think there tends to be much difference between the good ones. I love a flat foundation brush for any liquid or cream foundation and I find it always gives me the most professional/polished finish. It did take me a little while to get use to flat foundation brushes and they aren’t the easiest to use but they can even be used for concealer (if you use a small foundation brush) and cream cheek products so it’s a great versatile tool to have.
I’m not sure I’ve quite mastered the sponge but I have been trying and it is usually what I opt for when I am using a high coverage foundation which I want to sheer out a little. I always dampen mine and bounce it around my face which I find makes the foundation look natural with a good amount of coverage. Although a little expensive the Beauty Blender is my favourite and I love the smaller end to blend concealer although the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge is a good affordable alternative. The finish is usually quite seamless but they aren’t very easy to wash and do tend to soak up quite a lot of product, which is heartbreaking when it’s an expensive foundation.
Another one of my favourite options is to use my fingers, as long as you make sure they are clean, they are one of the best tools- and totally free! I find using my fingers gives me a well blended, natural finish as the warmth really helps melt creams seamlessly into the skin.
I personally haven’t mastered the stippling brush, I just don’t get it and never get the finish I want from it. I’ve also heard that using a small eye blending brush is time consuming but gives the ultimate finish, I’ll try it out and report back soon.