We girls may master the art of applying complicated eye makeup looks and even make winged eyeliner look effortless, but making your foundation look non-cakey and skin-like is something most of us are yet to learn. If you are one of those few girls whose foundation looks natural and who constantly gets compliments like ‘wow, it just doesn’t look like you are wearing any makeup’, then you are way more talented than you think!

Applying foundation to get a completely natural and flawless finish is an art. It requires time, patience and practice. Finding the right formula for your skin type and tone, as well as the right tools go a long way in giving you that my-skin-but-better finish. Since we have discussed how to choose the right foundation, what brushes you should be investing in and the correct way to use makeup sponges already, we are going to dive straight in and discuss how to apply foundation for a flawless finish.

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1. Cleanse your skin

Cleanse your skin

Your foundation will not go on smoothly if there is any dirt, oil, sweat or other impurities stuck to your skin. Therefore, the first step before applying foundation should be to cleanse your face with a makeup remover or micellar water. This is the first step to making your skin a smooth canvas for the makeup products that follow.


2. Prep it well

Prep it well

The next step is skin prep. Remember, for your foundation to look natural, it is important for your skin to be well moisturized and nourished. This step will prevent your skin from looking dry and flaky and give the base a non-cakey finish. Use a hydrating formula such as the Pond’s Light Moisturiser as it not only moisturises your skin, but also leaves it plump and properly conditioned. Massage the product into your skin, and allow it to soak into your skin for about seven to 10 minutes before moving on. Doing so makes all the difference to how the foundation sits on your skin.


3. Never skip the primer

Never skip the primer

Now, this is where the skincare steps end and we start with makeup. Just because you have applied moisturiser, does not mean you can skip applying primer. They are both very different products and serve different purposes and are equally important. Choose a silicone-based primer such as the Lakmé Absolute Blur Perfect Makeup Primer to help you give your skin a smooth and poreless finish. This primer has a waterproof formula, so making it through a humid day is not going to be a problem.


4. Choose the right formula and shade

Choose the right formula and shade

If you have been using the same foundation for a while now, please throw away that bottle and buy one that suits your skin tone. Your skin type and tone change with changing seasons and it is important to keep up with them. When buying a foundation, ensure that you test it on your jaw line and check it under natural light or a really brightly lit mirror. Also, for really natural looking results, pick a dewy formula such as the Lakmé Absolute Argan Oil Serum Foundation With SPF 45 instead of a matte one, as you can always build it up for coverage and make it matte with a setting powder as and when required.


5. Use a foundation brush first

Use a foundation brush first

Using just a makeup brush or a sponge will not give you the desired results. Invest in both a stippling brush as well as a makeup sponge for skin-like finish. Start with dotting your face with foundation and blend it in an outward motion starting from the centre of your face. If you see any streaks, they will be taken care of in the following step.


6. Then go in with a makeup sponge

Then go in with a makeup sponge

Once you have applied the foundation with your brush, take a damp makeup sponge and dab it all over your face. Remember not to swipe the sponge, as that will lift the foundation from your skin and give you a patchy finish. This step will ensure that the foundation melts into your skin and looks like your own skin, but better!


7. Go in with a concealer

Go in with a concealer

Remember your foundation isn’t meant to cover up your acne, blemishes or other skin concerns, that’s the job of your concealer. Your foundation is only supposed to even out your skin tone. To cover all the acne scars, dark circles, etc. apply a thin layer of the Lakmé Absolute White Intense Liquid Concealer and blend it into your skin for a natural finish.


8. Lastly, set it all in place

Lastly, set it all in place

Setting your foundation in place is really important, especially if you have oily skin. All you need to do is take a little bit of the Lakmé Absolute White Intense Wet & Dry Compact on a large fluffy blush and lightly dust it on the areas that tend to get oily. This will not just set your foundation and concealer in place, but also prevent creasing and caking up of the foundation after a few hours of wear.


Frequently asked questions about how to apply foundation:

Frequently asked questions about how to apply foundation:

1) What is the best way to apply foundation?

A. The best way to apply foundation is to first go in with a makeup brush and then blend it all in with a sponge. This will provide a streak-free and skin-like application. Also, always start from the centre of your face and blend outwards, because the centre is where most of us need maximum coverage.

2) What should we apply first, foundation or concealer?

A. It is always better to apply foundation before concealer as a foundation provides a little coverage, and you won’t need as much concealer later. Then, depending on how much extra coverage you need, you can go ahead and apply concealer to create that perfect base.

3) Should I put the foundation under my eyes?

A. There is nothing wrong with applying foundation under your eyes, but this is mostly unnecessary. Instead, apply foundation to the rest of your face and stick to applying concealer only to your under-eye area.

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