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How to Apply Liquid Foundation

Nobody's perfect, but, with just a little bit of foundation, your complexion can be.


  • Step 1: Choose the right color Choose a foundation that matches your skin exactly. To see if you have the right color, apply a lightly blended swipe along your jawline in natural daylight—the right color should remain unnoticeable.
  • Step 2: Wash your face Wash your face with warm water and a facial cleanser. You never want to apply makeup to a dirty face.
  • Step 3: Moisturize Massage a bit of non-comedogenic facial moisturizer into your skin.
  • Step 4: Shake the bottle Shake the bottle of foundation thoroughly before using it.
  • Step 5: Squirt foundation on hand Squirt some foundation onto the back of your hand and spread it out with your finger. Dip the sponge in the foundation.
  • TIP: Make sure your sponge is damp, otherwise it will soak up your foundation.
  • Step 6: Apply foundation Apply the foundation starting in the middle of your face and work your way outward. Blend a thin, even layer into your hairline and beyond your jawline so that there are no discernible foundation lines.
  • Step 7: Apply concealer With a concealer brush or your ring or pinky finger, apply concealer to any blemished areas that were not muted with foundation.
  • Step 8: Dust on powder Finally, lightly dust on some translucent powder to keep the foundation in place. Perfect.
  • FACT: In his essay "In Praise of Cosmetics," French critic and poet Charles Baudelaire wrote, "All which is beautiful and noble is the result of reason and calculation."

You Will Need

  • Liquid foundation
  • Facial cleanser
  • Some warm water
  • A non-comedogenic moisturizer
  • A clean
  • damp makeup sponge
  • Some translucent powder
  • And a large powder brush or puff
  • Some Concealer
  • And a concealer brush

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