Want to know how to make your foundation melt into your skin and look uber natural? Here are a few tricks you can use.
* Less is more
. It is easier to build up the coverage than tone it down. Always start with little amounts then add in more if necessary.
* Using a foundation brush
can help to give an airbrushed look. I highly recommend MAC #190 foundation brush.
* Set your foundation with a spray
to take away any cakiness. Try MAC Fix+, rosewater or even just spring water. Make sure you spray from at least 6-7 inches away.
* Check under natural light
to make sure there are no streaks.
* For a natural look, use a tinted moisturizer
or simply make your own by mixing your foundation with your moisturizer.
* When you blend foundation, start from the center of your face and blend outwards using light, downward strokes. Powder only your oiliest area to avoid looking too made up.
* If you have applied too much, tone it down by running a slightly damp sponge over your skin.
I have gotten quite a number of questions about what brushes so today I will go over some of the brushes and tools I use for my face.
||MAC #190 Foundation Brush ($32)
I absolutely *love* this brush for applying liquid and cream foundations. It gives me that airbrushed look and never looks streaky. A great thing about using a foundation brush is that it makes application less messy – no more dirty hands yay! – and it makes your foundation last longer. Plus you end up using less foundation when you use a brush. If you don’t own a foundation brush, please go get one.
With a built-in brush attached to a liquid foundation, Yves Saint Laurent Perfect Touch Radiant Brush Foundation ($52) is the first-ever brush foundation to deliver a flawless finish in a simple and unique way.
The brush design is not only genius and easy-to-use, but it also saves you from getting your fingers dirty and helps to achieve that airbrushed look in no time and with no streaks!
The foundation itself is very creamy and dries super fast to a semi-matte finish without ever looking cakey. I use #Sand for my NC30 skin and the coverage is medium with decent staying power. The result is super natural, just like real skin with a subtle glow. No wonder this foundation was voted as Editor’s Pick for Best Foundation by InStyle magazine! Highly recommended!
Containing “moisturizers infused with vitamins and whey protein to encourage supple, healthy skin”, Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation ($35) is one of my favorite liquid foundations to brighten up a pale complexion during the winter.
The foundation comes in a heavy glass bottle that is cute but not very practical. For my MAC NC30 skin, I use 30 watts, a yellow-based shade suitable for light to medium skin tones.
The texture is slightly thick for a liquid foundation and can feel a little heavy, even on my dehydrated combination skin. But it is packed with tiny shimmer particles that create such a pretty yet natural-looking glow! Coverage is also light to medium and plenty enough for me.
Definitely a great foundation for the colder months!
Max Factor Pan-stik ($5) used to be my go-to concealer back in my college days. It is a cream foundation that comes in an easy to use, swivel-up stick.
The packaging is slightly tacky but the product is da bomb! The texture is very creamy and it provides light to medium coverage. On my good skin days, I could just apply this under my eyes and around my nose, blend and I would be good to go.
Highly recommended if you are looking for something simple, cheap and effective!
Available in 20 yellow-based shades to fit a wide variety of skin tones, Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick ($28) is a cream-based foundation that comes in a stick for easy portability.
According to the Bobbi Brown website, this is not recommended for very oily skin and I can totally see why. My skin is on the drier side yet this still feels oily and heavy on me.
The color I have, Sand, is also a little too yellow, even on my warm Asian skin. I ended up using this only as a concealer.