How should I apply foundation so it isn't all blotchy and smeary <3
I highly suggest using a primer based on your skin type.
NYX has a couple good and cheap primers, and Tarte, Smashbox, MAC, LORAC, Kat Von D, Too faced, etc have many primers that I have loved.
I have combo skin, dry near my nose and oily everywhere else. I use benefit POREfessional primer to fill in my poors and smooth fine lines on my skin, and then I apply Nivea Men after shave sensitive balm. It sounds odd, but it contains a high content of glycerin which creates that canvas on your face that is ready to take makeup and hold onto it for hours. A couple drops tapped lightly over your face should work.
Once you have primed, find the brush or sponge for you. Personally I’ve had many egg sponges and the beauty blender brand sponge has the best consistency so I personally use that kind over the NYX and real techniques egg sponges. You could also use a flat top kabuki brush, a buffing face brush, u have many options. Whatever brush u choose, be sure to PAT the foundation INTO ur skin to create that smooth photoshopped look. If you have used a primer, your skin will be smooth and soft, if not, the foundation will sink into ur pores and fine lines and will not last as long.
When you’re done is absolutely mandatory to set your face w/ powder (lightly or heavily) to keep it on and lasting ALLLLLLday :)