8 Steps to Flawless Foundation Application [Tips & Techniques]

Hello Beauties
First of all Sorry for being MIA. But now, since i am back i would start with sharing how to apply foundation flawlessly for a perfect look.

Foundation application is the key to flawless looking makeup. Bad application and too much of a product can ruin the look. I've been getting A LOT of questions regarding foundation application from my friends and family. Mostly the questions are regarding how to get flawless application, how to hide dark circles and how to avoid foundation from looking cakey. After going through those questions and after testing different techniques and tools, I thought of writing a post about how I do my foundation to achieve the flawless foundation. 

Steps to flawless foundation routine:

1. Be it face, lips or nails; everything thing needs to be prepped and primed prior to the application to get a smooth long lasting finish. Always cleanse, exfoliate and tone your skin. This helps to get rid of dirt and any dead skin on the face. Dead skin and dirt are one of the reasons for bad application.

2. Always moisturize your face. Whether you have dry, normal or oily skin moisturizing is necessary. There is a moisturizer for every skin type. For oily skin type, the key is to start from outwards instead of inwards. Take a pea size amount of moisturizer, rub on the fingers and start rubbing from the outer face taking the remaining product inwards. 

3. Apply primer! It is an optional step. It is for those who face foundation fading, changing color or looking gray. Primer not only helps foundation to stay put for long but also prevents the foundation to react with the skin and change the color.

4. Do you have VERY dark circles? The blueish ones that are hard to hide with a concealer? Orange corrector is THE product you need to have in your makeup stash. It is the step after the primer if you are using the corrector. If not, skip this step to 5. Apply on the areas which needs coverage with a ring finger or a wedge sponge. Remember to dab it and not rub it. Dabbing makes the product to absorb in.

5. Foundation ALWAYS comes before concealer. If you are using a foundation, concealer is the step after foundation. Whatever foundation you are using, the key is blending. I prefer fingers the most, but some products do need tools. I've used Sigma F80, normal local sponges and a tear drop beauty sponge (dupe for beauty blender). I now know the difference between the coverage every tool gives. Tear Drop Beauty sponge gives the most natural coverage, blends in easily, no cracks, no cakey finish and flawless application. 

6. After foundation comes the concealer. This is the query everyone has and most of the girls doesn't know. Especially the girls at makeup counters in the supermarkets. We use concealer after foundation because that's when you know how much coverage you actually need; we don't need an extra product to make the under eye area cakey or cracky. Also you rub off the concealer while applying the foundation. Again, always dab. Apply with a brush or the ring finger and dab with a sponge - it gives a natural flawless finish.

7. Dust the translucent/loose powder or compact powder lightly, with a large fluffy brush. If you are opting for full coverage, lightly dust the powder on the t-zone bringing the product outwards. For dry to normal skin types, use as lightly as possible to avoid dryness.

8. Spray a setting mist or makeup fixing spray, this helps foundation to set. One thing I've learned and read too after experiencing is: going in the heat to set the foundation. Heat/warmth ALWAYS help foundation to set (personal experience). It doesn't mean stay in the heat, you can do that in a warm room or in the hot shower. 

These are the steps I follow to get a flawless natural looking foundation.

Remember: The key is blending; DO NOT rub the concealer or foundation. Always dab them, dabbing helps in foundation to absorb into the skin and covering the uneven skin tone. Or if you are using the brush, always apply in circular motion; be it liquid or powder foundation. Rubbing gives streaky application, in that way you tend to use a lot of product ending up with a cakey finish.

The tools I used: Triangular wedge sponge for concealer and Abbamart Tear Drop Beauty sponge (dupe of beauty blender) for the foundation. I sometimes use a Tear Drop Beatuy sponge for foundation and concealer both.I got mine from Local Supermarket. 

Disclaimer: I've shared my personal experience after trying different tools and techniques for flawless foundation. This is the one I follow now and I am a happy person. It also depends on the products you use. 

I will do another post with all the products I use and the picture of myself with the steps. If you have any questions, please leave in the comments below so that I can cover them in the next post.



  1. wow, great tips! I will this now, I think i've done wrong step all this time (>_<)
    btw, thank you so much for the tips <3

  2. Great tips! I love that you also mentioned other skincare tips like moisturizing before applying foundation. Helps for better looking skin!

  3. I love how detailed the tips are! :) It is really important to have a good skin before any makeup application

  4. these are great tips. I needed it especially because I'm not very good in makeup. Great article.

  5. Great, great, great tips. For flawless application of makeup, you must have flawless skin. And I love the points in your article <3

  6. i surely gonna try it next time i apply my foundation. thanks for the share

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  7. Thanks for the tips and now I know what to do to make my foundation last longer :D

  8. Awesome tips ! Dint know there is so much to learn abt make up... Anyways, I shall try it out later .. <3 giglove www.smallnhot.com

  9. hmmm setting mist ... looks like I am missing on this one
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  10. great post, v informative and detailed , thanks for al lthe tips - - http://www.carolinefashionstyling.com/ - giglove

  11. thank you for the tips. they are very useful. great post.

    GIG Love

  12. Thanks for the tips! Until very recently, I used to apply foundation over concealer! Saw a remarkable difference once I started doing it the other way around!

  13. wooo great tips!! i always do what u did too..but i seldom use setting spray!

  14. ive always done concealer first but might have to do it after to see the difference

  15. The tips you shared are great. :)
    I love to use foundation brush better that a sponge.

  16. lovely tips! =) will be sure to try some of them out !

  17. These are great tips!! Skincare routine is definitely a huge step to achieving a flawless finish. gig

  18. Such great tips, thank you, I definitely need all the help that I can get with my foundation! <3 GIGLove

  19. great tips, i love that you took the time to write so much detail, just wish there were more pictures. <3 gig love

  20. Thanks for the great tips!! I will do a better job thanks to you =) gig

  21. what great tips, especially for me because i don't really know how to apply foundation hehehe. giglove

  22. Wow, what a lengthy and detailed instruction on how to blend foundation well. Thank you very much for this i am just beginning to use makeup recently

  23. I have to agree with every step, these are all very important steps. Thanks for sharing! GIG


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