Evenly apply foundation and concealer
When applying your foundation, there are many techniques to choose from. If you have tried applying your liquid or cream foundation with a foundation brush and were frustrated with the uneven and heavy results, switching your brush with an oval makeup sponge might be the answer! Below we outline the benefits of applying with a foundation sponge, and how to evenly apply foundation and concealer to give you an airbrushed look.
Using a foundation sponge
- Dip your sponge into water and squeeze the water out so that it is slightly damp. This makes sure not too much product will soak into your sponge and be wasted.
- Apply your foundation in a stippling motion on main areas of your face such as your cheeks, chin, nose, and forehead.
- Using the flat side of your sponge, spread the foundation over your face in small strokes and pat down the areas you’ve stroked the foundation over. For every 3-4 strokes, pat the area down until it is blended nicely onto your skin.
- Continue until your face is completely finished, adding more foundation where needed.
- Using another sponge (or the other side of your foundation sponge), dot a few drops of concealer and dab it in areas needed to be concealed, such as the under eye area, chin, or sides of the nose.
- Once your concealer is dotted on your face, spread it by patting with your ring finger until the area is evenly concealed.
- If you are using a thick cream-based concealer, use your ring finger to apply and pat the concealer onto your problem areas – the warmth of your finger will make the cream concealer more manageable and easily spreadable.
- In order to keep your concealer from wiping off or smudging, set the concealer with a powder concealer. This is a sheer powder that usually comes with your concealer, or can be bought separately like the Dermablend Loose Setting Powder.
- Taking a small tapered brush such as the Bobbi Brown Powder Brush (left), roll the brush over the powder, and then transfer it over your concealer by rolling it lightly over your concealed areas. Since you are rolling your brush over your concealer, rather than blending it, this will make sure you are not removing any concealer .
- To set the rest of your face, you can take the same powder you are using, or a translucent powder to lightly dust over your face and neck to create a clean and airbrushed look.
After that, have fun working on your eye makeup, blush, and lip color! Let us know how you like to use your oval makeup sponge, and what concealer powders work well for you!
Written by Reese Hudgins