Start Your Makeup Routine the Right Way
Jan 2014

Start Your Makeup Routine the Right Way


Foundation is the important base that prepares the face for any kind of face makeup routine (remember to prime first with Spackle!). Helping to even out skin tone and cover light blemishes and scars, foundation is available in a variety of types, each of which has benefits and drawbacks for different skin types. The two major makeup foundation types are liquid and powder. So what's the difference?


Liquid Makeup Foundation Types

Liquid face makeup is ideal for those with dry skin who might experience flaking with powder foundations. Generally, it's wise to choose a full coverage type, since it's much easier to make something more sheer than to make it more opaque. It can be finicky to apply, so let's look at the easiest way to correctly use liquid makeup foundation types.

  1. Pour or pump a nickel- or quarter-sized dollop onto the back of your hand.
  2. Dip into the dollop with a dense, flat top brush and dot the makeup onto your nose, cheeks, chin, and around the borders of your face.
  3. Starting at the nose, stipple in small, tight areas, moving to the cheeks and borders of the face. Do the same for the chin.
  4. Take what's left on the brush to stipple above and below your lips.
  5. Re-dip into your dollop and start stippling across your forehead and into your hairline and then under your jawline.
  6. Stipple across the rest of your face and then use the same brush to lightly buff in small, circular motions.


Liquid foundation usually needs to be replaced after about six months. You may be able to extend its shelf life by storing it in a cool area in a tight container.


Powder Makeup Foundation Types

Powder foundation is a good choice for those with oily skin. Baked makeup is an especially popular type of powder foundation, as it provides purer color and a weightless feel. Applying powder foundation well is all about blending.

  1. Work a large powder brush into your compact, making sure the sides of the bristles are receiving the most contact with the powder.
  2. Press the bristles onto your face with a slight rolling motion so that it deposits evenly onto your skin.
  3. Lightly dust powder across your face, and then set with a translucent powder to finish.


Whichever makeup foundation types you use, it's important to allow your foundation to set for three to five minutes after application before applying any cream products.


Choosing the right foundation, and applying it well, is an important step toward flawless face makeup. To make sure you're putting your best face out there, choose a high quality product and apply it with careful technique.


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