How to apply foundation on the face? Tips for using brush, sponge and fingers

The foundation is one of the fundamental products for a complete makeup. Whether for parties or for everyday life, this item helps make you look more professional.

But many people find it difficult to apply the product correctly. Some even make mistakes that can compromise the final makeup result.

Therefore, some tips can help and facilitate the application. Check out!

How to apply foundation on the face?

The application of the foundation on the face is very simple and can be done with a brush, sponge and even with your fingers. To do this, simply drop the product in the regions you want to cover and apply using one of these options. Some tricks with tapping and not using too much product help make it look more natural.

There are several types of base applicators, such as sponges, brushes and even the fingers themselves. To know which is the best type, just test them, as there are no rules.

With brush

To apply the base on the face with a brush, simply place the product on the skin (applying small droplets on the face or depositing a sum on the back of the hand and wetting the brush).

It helps to spread the product more easily, in addition to avoid leaving the skin oily.

There are several types of brushes to apply the base, but the most recommended are oval shaped, straight tip, beveled tip, cat tongue and duofiber (with two fibers).

Take the test and find out which is the easiest for you.

The ideal is to discover the correct movement. For example, rounded brushes need to be used in a circular motion. The thinner ones (like the cat tongue) ask for an application with linear movements.

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With sponge

Some sponges are coxinha shaped, with a larger base and a tip. This type is called a beauty blender.

The larger part, that is, the “bootie” of the sponge is used to spread the base over large areas of the face such as the forehead and cheeks.

The smallest part (the tip) should be used to pass base in areas such as the eye area and around the mouth.

Another type of sponge are the flat ones, similar to cotton disks. They also guarantee a certain facility to spread the product.

The application of the foundation with the flattened sponges is similar to beauty blender. In other words, just place the product on the skin and deposit it with pats evenly throughout the skin.

A trick to make a good cover with the sponge is to moisten it with a little water. This makes the product to be deposited easier and faster.

In addition, the sponge ends up absorbing a lot of product, requiring the use of more base to make a good coverage.

When wetting it, the water is absorbed and the base is on the outside of the sponge. Thus, the product will have direct contact with the skin ensuring better coverage.

To do this, you should place the sponge in a container of water until it is “swollen”.

Remove it from the container and wring it out (do not leave the sponge soaked as this may hinder the application).

Then just pass the base on the face and spread it with a light tap using the sponge.

It is recommended to wash the sponge after all applications. You can use a face soap or specific cleansers to remove excess product from the sponge.

With the fingers

To pass the base with your fingers there is not much secret. Simply place the product on the skin of your face and spread it with your fingers.

One of the positive sides of doing this is that you can take the time to massage your skin, which guarantees a lighter and more natural coverage.

On the other hand, the oiliness of the fingers and the friction of the skin can stimulate the oiliness of the face, in addition to not always depositing and settling the product well on the skin. This can make the durability of the make less.

However, for those who feel more comfortable and like the result, the fingers make it easier to spread the product over the face.

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Tips on how to apply liquid foundation

The liquid foundation is one of the most popular types. For the correct application, follow these tips:

Choose how to apply

There is no rule when choosing how to apply. Whether with a brush, sponge or fingers, the ideal is to test and improve the methods.

All forms can give a good result in the make, but it is necessary to practice. With this, the base gives a good coverage and does not leave the skin marked.

Choose the ideal type of base

To have a good finish, choose the foundation according to your skin type. For example, people with more oily skin should opt for “oil free” products, that is, without oil. Matte products give a dry and less shiny touch to the skin.

There are also options for high, medium and low coverage, in addition to versions that add sun protection, hydration or even vitamins to the formula.

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Start at the center of the face

Start by spreading the base of the center outward. This helps to make the surface more uniform, avoiding build-up in specific areas (such as the nose, foreheads or cheeks) and making a better finish on the sides.

Apply evenly

The application of the foundation should cover the entire region of the face, neck and neck. You can deposit small droplets of liquid base on points of the face or deposit it on the back of the hand and wet the brush as the application occurs.

The ideal is to always take care not to load too much in one region and apply it badly in another.

Use taps

To apply the foundation correctly, tap several times on the same spot. This causes the base to penetrate the skin. In the end, the result is a homogeneous coverage.

The back and forth movements may end up removing the product from the skin and leaving those linear marks.

Circular movements help to reduce these markings, but in this case it is important to use the correct brush (for example, a flat or duofiber).

Apply a second coat

If you find it necessary to apply more base after the first application, wait between 3 and 4 minutes.

Thus, the first layer will already be dry and the second layer can be applied, ensuring a more uniform result, especially on low or medium coverage bases.

Finish with powder

After finishing the application, for the product to last longer and guarantee a more dry result, the ideal is to finish with the application of the powder.

It can be either colored powder or translucent.

Base in dark and black skin: how to get it right?

It is not always easy to find the right base tone. Especially those who have dark or black skin may have more difficulty due to the little variety of tones.

Therefore, two mixed tones can be used, ensuring more proximity to the skin color.

The application tips are the same, but one tip is to mix them in pieces, in an insulated container. This makes it easier if you need to make the tone stronger or weaker.

7 mistakes when passing base

Some mistakes are very common to happen when applying makeup. From the line of the outline to the color of the lipstick that does not match the color of the eyeshadow.

Depending on the error, it is easy to correct without too much damage. But imagine making a mistake in applying the base and needing to remove everything and do it again.

So, here is a list with tips on the mistakes that should not be made when passing base.

Spending too much product  

When using the foundation, the correct thing is to make lighter layers, applying the correct amount.

This avoids an accumulation in any region of the face, because the excess of product generates the impression that the person is older besides making it easier for make-up to crack.

If the cover is too light, just apply a new coat after the first one is already dry.

Apply hard

It is always recommended to apply the foundation with gentle strokes, without too much force. This gives a more natural look to the makeup and helps the product adhere better to the skin.

Start at the sides

It is recommended to start by applying the base of the center of the face, that is, the nose. From that central point, bring the product to your forehead, cheeks and chin.

This trick gives makeup more naturalness.

Apply only on the forehead or cheeks

The foundation should be applied to all regions of the face, including the eyes, mouth and ears.

This helps to eliminate dark circles and still leaves the eyelid more beautiful, in addition to giving uniformity to the face.

Use base only on face

It is important to take care that the bicolor effect does not happen: the face is one color and the neck is another.

Therefore, passing a little of the product on the neck helps to give more uniformity and naturalness.

If the person is going to wear more low-cut clothing, the base should be ironed (albeit slightly) to the fabric line.

Do not primer before

The primer must be applied before the foundation because it prepares the skin for make-up, since it closes the pores giving a smooth appearance.

In addition, this product still prevents the base to come out easier or crack.

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Choosing the wrong base tone

The main function of the foundation is to homogenize the skin tone.

Very light or dark colors leave the skin stained and out of step with the rest of the body. Therefore, not to make mistakes in the tone is fundamental.


The foundation is one of the most important steps for those who want to do a complete make up.

For this, there are several possibilities of application: with the brush, with the sponge and with the fingers.

Regardless of which one is chosen, it is important to pay attention not to make the most common mistakes when applying it.

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