Sunday, 26 February 2012

Make Up Application: Foundation

This is something I think I will always change up or question, as different tools are available, as well as the ever changing foundations, formulas, texture, etc. I really could go on! I thought I would let you know my personal preferred method of foundation application & what product I use, at the moment. Also what other tools are available & what they're best compatible with. This post will be excellent for people new & old to make up, as the make up generation is continuously changing. My routine could easily change, depending on the day, my mood, any new products I gain, etc. So for now, I will show you my current technique, what I use & what I could use.
These are my current brushes I own, that are suitable to use with foundation. There is a Stipple Brush & a Foundation Brush

"This is antibacterial, synthetic haired Taklon brush is softer & more absorbent & can be used with wet or dry products. The layered bristles create a soft airbrushed look, that's perfect for applying foundation or adding colour definition to cheekbones, or highlighting with soft layers. Use this brush with any liquid or powder pace product such as foundation, blush or bronzer to build your coverage from sheer to heavy." - e.l.f Cosmetics

"Achieve an ultra smooth, pore-less finish when applying foundation or tinted moisturiser. For best results, use upward brush strokes.
All e.l.f professional make up brushes have been designed & tested by professional make up artists Scott Vincent Borba. Each brush has been ergonomically designed to fit perfectly into your hand & facilitate a flawless finish with every application." - e.l.f Cosmetics.

My method of application:
I've experimented & tested various products, with different techniques. Majority have been unsuccessful. As I have recently found & changed my foundation to compliment my skin type, I have then been able to determine the best technique of application, to create a healthy, flawless finish. I personally prefer to apply my make up with my fingers. I thoroughly clean my hands before this. Many people think using your fingers to apply your foundation is unhygienic, although if you take the right precautions, you're good to go. Luckily,  don't have ultra sensitive skin, where it can react to certain products, etc, so this method is perfectly suited for me. I have used this method since I first applied a sample of foundation to my skin, years ago. Obviously, as I didn't know as much about make up, as I do now, I was non the wiser. This has stuck with me, to this day. I choose to pump the product I have chosen to use, on my hand. I then take some with my middle or index finger, & start the application in the centre of my face, working my way outwards. Once I have applied an even coverage, I use the remainder of the product on my hand, & take my stipple brush, and stipple the brush into the product, then onto my face - usually where I need it mots on that day. I then stipple & swirl the entire face, to evenly blend the product into my face, over the ears (if I'm wearing my hair up, or ears are on show, so you don't have harsh lines) & down my neck. This will blend away any harsh lines. Using this technique & brush, allows the product to conceal my pores perfectly, ensuring a flawless finish. I finish my pushing my face powder & brush into the skin, rather than sweeping, causing streaks. Once its pushed into my skin, I can then sweep the brush across my face if I wish.

My views:
I have thoroughly enjoyed using the stipple brush, recently. I have owned it for quite a few months before actually using it. I was initially intending on using this for a cream blush, although I have yet to invest in one. I immediately tried just using this brush as application, although I felt as though the brush was eating up my foundation, ultimately wasting it. I found this with the foundation brush, too. I decided to stuck to using my fingers, to apply my make up, as this works heavenly for me. I also tried the foundation brush, just as a application tool, however, I found the same problem, of it eating my foundation. At the moment, with my current method, I can easily apply my whole face, plus buffing, with one pump, if that, of the foundation. However,  found with using both of these brushes, I needed to use a lot more. I think I'm quite content with what works for me, although if a brush that suited me, came along, I would be more than willing to try it out.

I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post, & helps anyone out with he same issues as me. I think its a very personal thing, finding your own technique, sticking with it & loving it. What's your method? Similar as mine? I love hearing feedback, its what's helped me discover new things!

Thank you!




  1. Love this post! Really want to get a stipple brush!

    Soph - xx

  2. I have no idea how to do the make up thing..I'm helpless!

    P.S: Fabulous giveaway here..

  3. Its simple once you get the hang of it. Have a play around & experiment!


  4. I have found the stipple brush works better for me. It just makes it look more flawless in my opinion! Great review though

  5. I love using the Stipple Brush at the end, just to smooth & blend everything out! Otherwise, I find using any brush eats up too much product, or at least more than I would normally use with my fingers.

    Thank you!



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