How to Get Perfect Foundation Application Every Time

how to apply foundation

I often get asked by friends and family ‘how do you apply foundation?’ for me this is a pretty simple task but that hasn’t always been the case so I wanted to explain what I’ve learnt and if you are looking for tips then I hope these can help you. I’ve been through many different methods and tried lots of different tools and I’ve finally found a routine that works for me every time to ensure my foundation application is flawless and long lasting.

how to apply foundation tips

Freshen Up: Start by preparing your skin for foundation application, this means to remove all residue makeup and to clean the skin. Use a cleansing water like Garnier Micellar Cleansing water with a cotton pad to ensure skin is fresh and clean.

Moisturise: A step not to miss is moisturising, make sure your skin is fully hydrated for a smooth application and to prevent the skin from getting dry or patchy throughout the day. If you have oily skin you can still moisturise, you may have already found the perfect moisturiser for you but if you haven’t then make sure you use a gel-based moisturiser that is matte to stop any shine coming through.

how to apply foundation prime

Prime: When people ask me what steps I use to ensure my foundation stays on all day long I tell them I prime my skin, a lot of girls may miss this step out and this is probably why your foundation isn’t lasting as long. I tend to prime my skin when I am doing my makeup for an occasion or when I know I won’t have an opportunity to touch up or check my base. A great primer I use is Benefit Porefessional, this is great for also minimising large pores and smoothing over the skin.

how to apply foundation

Tools: If you really want to have a flawless application then the tools and the way you apply is key. Use a foundation brush or beauty sponge to apply your foundation, I like to use a buffing type brush to apply rather than a flat foundation brush as it looks better when buffing the product into the skin rather than dragging it around the face which is a mistake we all tend to make with a flat foundation brush. If you would rather use a sponge then use a damp Real Techniques Complexion Sponge using bouncing motions all over the face until you are fully covered and happy with the finish.

Tip: After you’ve applied with the sponge or even after using a brush go over your face with the sponge by rolling it over areas you feel aren’t as flawless as you’d like, this will give an airbrushed effect and also absorb any left over product.

how to apply foundation concealer

Conceal: If you have perfect skin already then this is a stop you could miss out but for us mummas out there then concealer is a must have. Use a concealer to hide any blemishes you may have, dark circles, redness and any discolouration.

how to apply foundation set

Set: Final step but a very important one, set your foundation. Use a translucent powder such as the Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder on a small soft brush and apply to any areas that would usually get shiny such as the forehead, nose, chin and under eye area to ensure your foundation lasts and looks natural.

You will now have that perfect base ready for bronzer, blush and highlight application should you wish. I always like to apply a bronzer and highlighter to finish off my look but this is not essential especially if you are in a rush, as long as the foundation is good then you will feel great!

I hope you found these tips helpful, I’d love to know if you have any top tips on foundation application. Did you have any disasters whilst growing up?

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  • Great tips! I need to start using my Beauty Blender more often!

    Alice / Alice Grace Beauty


  • I must try using that vichy powder, the under eye area for me is quite problematic as it creases so much.
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    • That will really help, just a thin layer will help stop creasing X

  • Such a helpful post! Primer is definitely necessary otherwise my foundation just wouldn't last me the whole day. Great tips xx

    Beauty Girl

  • Absolutely love the dermablend powder for setting my make up. Great tips x

    Mac & Mascara Blog

  • I love the garnier micellar water, it's literally a refreshment in a bottle! Love this post, most of these steps are things I always implement into my routine when I'm wearing foundation, it's fabulous to see someone who goes through as many steps as I! I highly rate the benefit porefessional primer too, amazing for filling in pores.

    Isabelle |

    • Thanks for reading, Porefessional is great isn't it!

  • I do all these steps to. I try to avoid powder though because it dries my skin out! I think its important to remember your skin type when tailoring a foundation routine. when I was younger I used to slap dream matte mouse all over my face, 5 shades darker than my actual skin tone! I must have a looked a right state haha! Great tips. Thanks for sharing 🙂 xx

    • Ah yes it's definitely good to create a routine that works for you and your skin 🙂

  • I never used to prime my face before. When I started using primer, my foundation applied so much easier and lasted longer. Thanks for sharing your tips x

  • These are awesome tips! And I need to get my hands on the Garnier Micellar Water! I always hear it works wonders! xo

    McKenzie |

  • great tips! i recently brought the micella water, its perfect you freshening up your skin!


  • Ohhh i’ve never thought about rolling the sponge around!!! Definitely going to give it a go 🙂

    xx SofiaaDot

    • lizaprideaux

      Let me know how you get on!

  • Gorgeous blog post! I’m dying to try the Vichy product. Waiting for payday so I can justify it!

    Jasmine McRae | London Beauty & Life Blog