4 Tricks On How To Make Your Foundation Flawless

To make your foundation look so natural that no one will know you’re wearing it, make sure you’re applying it with the right tool—and we don’t mean your fingers. “When you spread foundation with your fingertips, the warmth of your skin can thin the formula out in places, making your makeup uneven,” explains London-based makeup artist Amanda Bell. With these new beauty tools and Bell’s top tips, you’re in for a smooth ride.

Tool: Flat Foundation Brush

These brushes are classic for a reason—they can create a smooth finish. But when you’re shopping, look for nylon bristles—natural hairs are porous and allow foundation to soak into the hair shaft and ruin the brush.

Dip your brush into foundation (using the back of your hand as a palette) and paint in downward strokes starting at the center, where you need the most coverage, and working outward. “If you’re changing direction of the brush, you’re actually fluffing all the little hairs on your face and making them visible,” warns Bell. Going for a downward stroke also allows the product to skim over pores and fine lines, giving you more natural-looking coverage.

Buffing Brush

 It might look like the kind of brush you use on your mineral makeup, but a dense brush like this is the key to achieving an airbrushed effect. “This is great for someone who is a brush novice and looking for a miracle tool that does the work for them,” Bell says.

With foundation on the back of your hand, dip the tip of the brush into the makeup, and then work it into the skin from the center out in small circular motions, “effectively polishing the foundation into the skin,” she says.

Tool: The Beauty Blender

Natural beauties, take note:
These egg-shaped sponges have much smaller pores than your usual drugstore wedge sponges, which means they soak up less product and create a smoother, more natural finish using less foundation.

You can use these as an initial applicator, but Bell likes to use them as a last step to create a natural, even finish. “Once you’ve painted your foundation base, roll over every corner of your face with either end of a slightly damp beauty blender to take off excess pigment and create this very sheer, almost BB-like look but with a polished pro finish,” she says.

Tool: The Wedge Sponge

Beyond the smaller pores, the variety of edges on these square sponges allow you to use one tool for your whole face while avoiding heavy-handed application.

Dip the flat side into foundation on the back of your hand and apply to the larger areas of your face, starting from the center and working out in a stippling/patting motion. Once you’ve achieved the coverage you want, flip the sponge on its side and, with a little more makeup, hit the corners of your nose, under your eyes, and other tricky curves and contours.