Beauty Tutorials

How To: Applying Foundation.

Liz Earle Skin Repair Normal/Combination Moisturiser; MAC Matte gel; Sigma F80 brush; MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

I planned to make this into a Youtube video (link to my channel) but I prefer blogging (although I may still do this video at some point). This is just a quick written demonstration on how I apply my foundation each day. 
I start off by cleansing my face, and then applying moisturiser. This Liz Earle Skin Repair moisturiser is my current favourite as it’s not greasy or tacky, but hydrates my skin without leaving me with an oily tzone. I leave a few minutes before I do anything else, this gives my skin time to absorb in the moisturiser otherwise the foundation won’t set as well as it should. 
The next step is my primer, and for this I use MACs Matte gel. This is a lovely soft gel which aims to absorb any excess oils. I mainly use this on my T-Zone (forehead, nose & chin) where I have oily patches. I call this a primer as it does leave my skin feeling so soft, smooth and “primed” ready for my next step. I tend not to use this on my cheeks as these are areas which have a drier skin type, so it’s really not required. I find that this gel helps my makeup stay put for longer, and it really helps to keep shine at bay during the day. 
Finally, my foundation. I do tend to switch between foundations but I’m currently using MACs Studio Fix Fluid and recently purchased a new bottle. I find it gives great coverage with a natural look, and stays on all day. To apply my foundation, I use a Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki Brush. I would absolutely recommend this as the perfect brush for applying foundation. The bristles are densely packed, meaning the foundation can be buffed into the skin to give such a natural look. 
I apply a pump or two of my foundation to the brush, and then dot it over my face (usually a dot on my chin, forehead, cheeks and nose) and then gently but quickly buff it into the skin. This way it doesn’t leave brush strokes like other brushes I’ve used, and really does give such a flawless finish.
I blend in my foundation down my neck and then finish with powder.
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  • This post is great, I’m thinking of starting youtubing, no sure about it yet. The brush you use is the best ever. xx

  • I love that brush as well i wouldnt be without mine xx

  • I love the F80 brush and Studio Fix Fluid! They are what I use in my foundation routine and I can’t imagine anything better. I am eager to try that Chanel foundation everyone raves about though and after reading this blog post, I may have to look into that MAC Matte Gel too! Your skin sounds exactly like mine.

  • I think it’s about time I bought that brush!

  • I hate applying foundation, it’s one of them tedious tasks that just results in my face looking uneven and my desk covered in mousey prints. With winter on it’s way though I’m thinking of buying a good foundation to keep my face looking a little less red from the chill. This will definitely help in future 🙂

    Lauren Michelle x

  • I’d never thought to use my Kabuki brush with a liquid foundation, only my mineral powder one. Great idea, I shall be trying it x

  • I use the MAC 130 to apply foundation but I would love to get my hands on the F80 as everyone raves about it!

  • Great post! I too use Studio Fix Fluid and I use the Sigma F80 brush to apply it. I LOVE the coverage and finish it gives! Sarah x

  • Pretty much my routine, plus this is the best brush ever for foundation application. I love it!

  • I really want to try that Sigma brush! So many beauty bloggers swear by it 😀

  • This is a really helpful post 😀 I usually apply foundation with my fingers but sometimes don’t get a great result, so I’ll check out the brush you suggested! 🙂

  • really want to try that foundation and brush! 🙂

    maddie xx

  • I think that brush needs to be in my life! xxx

    Thinking of holding a GIVEAWAY on my blog:

  • LOVE the new header!! xx

  • I really need to get a nice brush for applying foundation, sigma seems good so might give them a try. Do you have to blot during the day at all?

  • This post is great, I need to try some MAC foundation!