foundation application

In this tutorial I will be teaching you how to apply foundation. 

Liquid/Powder/Gel/Cream you name it girl you know I got you.

One thing to keep in mind is that you cannot look flawless and natural. So you can’t have both so if you want to look natural you will have to sacrifice some coverage. 


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The Best Foundation Brushes Under $10

Do you wear liquid or cream foundation?  If you do, and you’re on a budget, pay attention; these affordable brushes could completely change your application experience for the better!

Brushes give you better control over your application of foundation.  You can customize the amount of coverage you’re getting, and with brushes like these you can buff the product into your skin so it looks as natural as possible.  

1.  ELF Studio Powder Brush - $3

This dense, flat-topped brush is a real cheapie, but it’s pure gold.  The synthetic bristles make this “powder” brush perfect for liquids and creams, and the shape is perfect for buffing foundation in so that it looks flawless and full coverage.

2.  Ecotools Skin Perfecting Brush - $8

This angled brush is cut so that it’s almost like a stippling brush, but more dense and very soft.  Designed for blending tinted moisturizers, BB and CC creams, this brush is great for getting into nooks & crannies and creating a natural finish.

3.  Real Techniques Expert Face Brush - $9

A cult favorite brush, this is a dense brush with a rounded head that makes short work of blending in even the thickest foundations and concealers.

4.  Ecotools Retractable Foundation Brush - $6

Perfect for people on the go, this brush is round with a pointed tip and collapses down for portability.  The bristles are super soft and press foundation into the skin so you wouldn’t even know it was there.

5. ELF Studio Small Stipple Brush - $3

This brush is a true stippling brush, with duo fibre bristles cut at two different lengths for expert blending.  Pat product into the skin or buff in circular motions for perfect coverage no matter how thick or thin the foundation.

6.  Real Techniques Stippling Brush - $8

This brush has duo fibre bristles cut closer together for a soft application of liquid or cream.  The size makes short work of application and blurs away any imperfections easily.

You can purchase any of these brushes on (international)

Back to the basics: Foundation

With new products constantly being launched into the market it can be easy to get caught up and forget what the basic purpose of a product is.

Foundation should be applied after cleansing, moisturising and priming your skin. It can be applied with your fingers, a foundation brush or a sponge. For best results start off with less foundation than you think you need and gradually add more.

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* the products shown are not necessarily recommended more as a visual*  

Everyone has that part of their make up routine that they are really good at. Some people are great at shadow blending, some are great at liquid liner (god bless those people) and so on. Mine is foundation…skin related make up. It is my strength when I am working on others and it is my favorite part of my own morning routine. 

I am a women of variety, I like choices. This post is to show you how to make a complete face make up “kit” I guess with a varied finishes and products so you can always switch up your look. Call me a nut, but I consider all of these different shades and finishes essential. 

Let me know if you have any questions or need recommendations 

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Basic Application Techniques

Super confused on where and when to apply concealer? Or don’t even have the slightest clue on where you should apply your illuminator? These basic, quick and easy to follow images & information will have you looking great in a flash and flatter everyone!

Primer & Foundation:

Primer should be applied after moisturising/before foundation. For best results use (clean) fingers, press into the skin. Use the same technique for foundation but allow at least a minute for your primer to absorb. A foundation brush, fingers or buffing brush will produce the best results but the key is to blend. Powder foundation should be applied using a powder buff and any excess should be dusted away with a kabuki brush. Mineral foundations need to be buffed into the skin or you’ll get a cakey finish.


With the exception of colour correcting concealers, concealer should always be applied AFTER foundation, not before (otherwise it will just rub off, besides your foundation covers most minor imperfections anyway! Apply a creamy concealer to the undereye area or a waxy concealer to any pimples/scars using a brush. Once applied pat the concealer into the skin using your ring finger for a natural looking finish (the warmth of your fingers will help for easier blending) How to guides: Concealers 101 & How to Cover Dark Circles


Bronzer should be applied with a small fluffy brush or an angled powder/contouring brush. Apply it in a three motion (around the hairline, under the cheekbones, around the jawline and under the chin) for a healthy glow. If you have dark skin, just stick to a highlighter.


Contouring is the perfect way to make your face appear structured and slim (provided you do it right!) Use a powder or foundation two shades darker than your skin-tone and apply it down the sides of the nose, under the cheekbones, around the hairline, jawline and chin using an angled powder brush (or your fingers for cream products)



After applying bronzer & contour using a blush brush (a huge powder brush doesn’t count!) or your fingers (if using cream blush) relax your face, applying blush to the apples of your cheeks and blend upwards. Contrary to popular belief blush shouldn’t be applied whilst smiling, it will actually drag your features down!  



Apply to the highest points of your face. Bridge of the bridge of your nose, cheekbones, cupids bow and if you have dry skin the center of your forehead and chin. Use illuminator sparingly and opt for cream formulas.

Tunable privacy windows

Samuel Shian and David Clarke and their team at Harvard University have designed a material that, with a shot of electricity, can transform a glass window from transparent to opaque in less than a second! They say this NSF-funded smart glass is cheaper and easier to make than similar technology. We’re smart enough to feature their podcast story on Science360 Radio:

Image Credits: Samuel Shian, Harvard University

Above: Samuel Shian and David Clarke holding up a sample


Below:  This is a composite of three images showing the progression from clear to haze as the voltage of power supply increases

Below: This image illustrates the application of tunable haze for privacy windows

cremebunny  asked:

The makeup one, well im really dumb when it comes to makeup i have green grayish eyes what makeup colour should i be using, also for that clean finish on your face how do you apply foundation so that it looks natural and flawless. You should make tutorials tbhhhh

holy shit ur eyes sound hot dAMn

Taupes and warm browns would look lovely on you qt and they’re nice neutral shades that anyone can rock and are a good place to start if you’re just getting into eye-shadow.

Purples would look qt too but if you’re just getting into eye-shadow start off with browns bae.

Detailed tutorial on how to apply foundation on my makeup blog!


Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No7 204 The Starlet Palette: Silver-Taupe Lids with Fuchsia-Red Glossy Lips

I attended a Marc Jacobs Beauty launch event the other day, and this was the look worn. I recreated it with a few minor changes to the products used as I wanted to try out the Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation and Obsessed blush, but the overall effect is the same.

To see my thoughts on the foundation itself, click here!

Products used:

Primer: Lancome La Base Pro (this thing really impressed me by extending the wear of my foundations and making the application silky smooth)

Foundation: Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation 22 Bisque Light

Concealer: Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Concealer No3

Powder: Givenchy Prisme Libre in 7 Voile Rose for under eyes, ClearLast powder in Medicated Ochre everywhere else

Brow pencil: VDL Festival Brow pencil in Grey Brown

Eyeshadows: Marc Jacobs Style Eye-con No 7 204 The Starlet

Eyeliner: NYX Skinny Brown Liner

Mascara: Laura Mercier Full Blown mascara

Blush: Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blush 204 Obsessed

Lipliner: Boots No7 liner in Nude

Lipcolor: Dior Fluid Stick 872 Mona Lisette

“Allow me to explain. You are bursting with power, and have the capacity to end this world with a thought. That’s all well and good for other organizations. But here at the SCP Foundation, we can’t just accept you on those criteria. It’s far too much. You’re overpowered, you don’t have a hook, and quite frankly, you’re boring. When you get down to it, you just don’t fit in with our image.”

Based on the story “Eldritch Application” by Gargus

Here’s another poster! I feel like I can somehow improve it, but I’m not sure how. I’ll probably eventually go back and change some things, but for now…enjoy!

Supercomputing reveals centuries of stories, experiences of Black women

Women’s History Month is perfect timing for this story—a story about a quest to reveal the lives and experiences of Black women in the U.S. during the last three centuries. Hear from the group of researchers collaborating and using ‪NSF-funded‬ XSEDE supercomputing to fulfill this quest. Their discussion is on Advancing Discovery, a featured podcast at Science360 Radio:

Above: Ruby Mendenhall, an associate professor of sociology, African American studies and urban and regional planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is leading a collaboration of social scientists, humanities scholars and digital researchers that hopes to harness the power of high-performance computing to find and understand the historical experiences of black women by searching two massive databases of written works from the 18th through 20th centuries. The team also is developing a common toolbox that can help other digital humanities projects. Credit: Brian Stauffer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

Above: Nicole Brown is a postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and part of Ruby Mendenhall’s group. She is interpreting the computational results in light of black feminist theory. Credit: Nicole Brown

Above: Harriet Tubman is famous as an abolitionist, Underground Railroad leader and women’s suffrage pioneer. Credit: H. B. Lindsley – National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Public Domain (PD-1875)

Above: Sculptor Edmondia Lewis (1844-1907) was the first woman of African- and Native-American descent to achieve notoriety in the fine arts world. She spent most of her career in Rome. Credit: Henry Rocher – National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Public Domain

Written By: @7070-mailbox and @aimhigh-studyhard
Designed By: @herttz

Like many other colleges and university, art school is a buffet of multi majors with many sound-alike fields that can be confusing, not to mention how it can differ from campus to campus. What is graphic design? How does the illustration curriculum look compared to animation or sequential art? Are interior design and architecture the same thing? So today, some of us from the Studioblr Collective would like to help to shed some light on the matter of majors.


  • Editorial Design.
  • Advertising and Marketing.
  • Interactive Design.
  • Motion Graphics.
  • Sustainable Design.

Things To Know: 

Work can happen on any scale: simple postcards to large billboards. Definitely always make sure you are using the proper document size and format. Graphic design is meant to be experienced in an instant. You need to be able to communicate the message clearly and effectively. Always a good idea to sketch out thumbnails first before spending a lot of time creating something on the computer, to only find the design is not effective. Example classes would be Typography, Foundations of Design, Computer Applications, Multimedia Concepts, Photography, Electronic Art, Branding Design, Motion Graphics, etc. You will probably also be taking Drawing Foundation classes the first few semester.

Possible Careers:

  • Brand Identity Designer
  • Creative Director
  • Web Designer
  • Graphic Artist
  • Animator
  • Production Artist
  • Package Design


  • Using a variation of traditional and digital mediums in a concise amount of time to illustrate an idea or concept for commercial use. In the curriculum, you will get to explore an array of tools and techniques without focusing on anything in particular.

Things to Know: 

Despite sharing a lot of elements in common with painting, illustration is more commercial and broad as it expands a lot more into many different mediums, techniques, surfaces. One project you might finishing a children’s book illustration to finding yourself in another project designing fabric patterns. Illustration also divides into many specific branches of work and degree that require technical knowledge such as botanical, medical or animal illustration.

Possible Careers:

  • children’s book artist
  • poster designer
  • pattern designer
  • production artist
  • encyclopedia illustrator
  • Medical illustrator


  • The process of making an animated short or film, Animation is a very diverse major you can choose to be a part of the process as well as the whole thing. 2D animators focus on traditional art skill while 3D animators skills set lean more toward programming and acting.  

Things to Know: 

Usually divided into two different categories that are 2D and 3D, Animation is heavily reliant on collaboration. Depends on the kind of animation being produced you can take part in many different parts of the process. 2D animators are required to take a very different path and learn different techniques from 3D animators.  

Possible Careers:

  • storyboarder
  • 2D/3D Animator
  • rigger
  • character designer
  • background artist
  • colorist


  • Can be crackdown to many different focus/jobs: script, pencil, ink, color, letter (although lettering is now becoming a rare focus thanks to photoshop), editing. Would easily be squeezed in between Animation and Illustration. A lot of time people go to either or when the school doesn’t offer this major but it distinguish itself not just by the product but also the focus.

Things to Know: 

This major has a lot of inking, background study and anatomy classes along with scripting. Some students also dabble in storyboarding, illustration or animation classes as a boost. Like animation, collaboration with peers from other majors is very encouraged. Communication is key. Can be either traditional or digital but basic Photoshop, Mangastudio skills are a must.

Possible Careers:

  • Character designer for game and animation
  • Inker
  • Concept designer
  • Colorist
  • Comic author
  • Storyboarder


  • Creating art in a more tactile method, applying digital and traditional printing methods

Things to Know: 

  • Leans a lot toward tactile learning, printmaking is the study of different printing methods from old time to the current age of different materials such as lithography & bookbinding. It requires a lot of patience and studio time working with different exposures and chemicals as well as a more analytical perspective in art.

Possible Careers:

  • Layout artist
  • book binders
  • printmaker
  • media artist
  • print developer
  • artisan

This list only covers some of the examples but it should provide some ideas as to how many majors might sound similar, but offer different concentration as well as a varied career path.

In winter, hydration is key if you want to maintain a healthy glow. An essential product to have in your beauty bag is a good moisturiser that will nourish the skin and keep it supple. After you have applied this you should wait about 5 mins (just enough time to brush your teeth) before you apply primer that will keep your skin hydrated and foundation in place.

If you are following your fiscal diet, a good, inexpensive one is the Face Of Australia primer 3-in-1 which is around $12 at Priceline. I use this one in winter for its gel like formula that works well over my day cream, and is a reliable primer when I am short on cash.

For a demi-Matt look, try mixing your current foundation with a little of the primer as an overall tint for your skin and then build coverage with the full foundation in your t-zone only (avoid forehead as this will dull the rest of your face).
In Winter dryer foundation formulas will allow you to skip a full face of powder, but you can still dust under the eyes and the t-zone only to set, so that your base stays in place and doesn’t crease or transfer.

Also, to keep you looking fresh I recommend a cream blush on the apples of your cheeks (use lipstick if u don’t have one) for a dewy glow on your skin and apply a dusting of powder blush to set. Blushes don’t have to be expensive – Cosmo cosmetics at The MET centre and many online store have some good cheap ones from NARS, Revlon, MAC.

If you want even more glow, use dusting of mineral shimmer in a champagne tone to create luminous complexion. Use on the upper cheekbone only and keep it subtle as the winter look is about a rosy cheek blush, not a bronzed tan!

BECCA is my dewy look muse, so if you check out their images, this is the look you will end up with:

Happy practicing!!
T-Bird xxx

dramaqueen2397  asked:

Hi, just a quick question. When applying your foundation should you put moisturise on before you put foundation on or just out foundation on with moisturise. Also what is a good setting powder ? Thanks you (:

Skincare is the most important step in any makeup application because without good skin you can’t have great makeup…

Generally speaking you should cleanse your skin and then apply your moisturiser, sunscreen, primer and THEN foundation. However…

Sometimes too many products will cause makeup to “slip” off the skin so using a dual purpose product is a great idea. I like to use a light moisturiser that contains SPF, my favourite is the Ultraceuticals Mattifying SPF 30+ Sunscreen, it is light and doesn’t leave an oily residue on the skin. Then I apply primer after.

For oily skin you may find it is best to ditch the moisturiser/sunscreen and just opt for a primer instead. I like the *Dermalogica Skin Perfect Primer with SPF 30

It is always best to apply some kind of product before you apply your foundation so that your makeup applies evenly and looks healthy.

As for my favourite powders for setting makeup…

*CARGO HD Picture Perfect Loose Powder

This is a new love for me and has quickly become one of my favourite setting powders, this stuff makes skin look flawless and I mean flawless. It isn’t cakey or dry, it doesn’t add any coverage to the skin but it does a fantastic job at keeping shine at bay. Plus it has this beautiful finish that almost blurs your skin so it looks photoshopped.

Too Faced Primed & Poreless Finishing Veil

This powder is amazing at gives skin a poreless look and really combats shine without making skin look dry and cakey (I have dry skin and this doesn’t make my skin look horribly flaky and dry) it is expensive but has been my favourite powder for a year.

If you are on a budget I love the Maybelline Shine Free Loose Powder and the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder isn’t bad either.

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I hope I helped you and if you need anything else feel free to ask.

If any product you use irritates you discontinue use immediately.

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Foundation 101! Shade Matching, Application, Tips

Foundation Application: Stippling Brush.

Stippling is gradually becoming a more popular and well known method of applying foundation as it can be used to create an “airbrushed” flawless look.

1. The first step to using the stippling method is applying a small amount of your foundation to the back of your hand or any other container you wish to use. Next lightly dip the ends of the stippling bristles into the foundation, to look something like this:


2. Next gradually begin to lightly dot the product on to the skin like this:

3. Continue to do this in small circles until foundation is blended into the skin. 


  • Don’t treat a stippling brush as you would a foundation brush, this kind of application will not work the same with a stippling brush. 
  • Don’t be too heavy handed and push too hard with the brush, as you will not achieve the same airbrushed look. 


High End Brand: MAC 187, Retails for £29.25 -

High Street Brand: ELF Studio Stippling Brush, Retails for £3.50 -


Although this method can be used with any type of foundation, it works particularly well with liquid.