how to apply foundation with a stippling brush

serkewen12  asked:

Any tips on how to get your foundation and concealer to not look cakey? I have that problem some times and I'm not sure if it's lack of skill or if I'm missing something. Also any tips for a contouring noob?

*cracks knuckles* Aightsoboom 

PRIMER, PRIMER, PRIMER. Silicon based primers are everything to me. Especially if you have more pronounced pores bc if you put foundation on sans primer it’ll sit in those pores and then you’ll add more foundation to compensate for that which leads to a freshly baked cake on your face. 

Also, I see people putting on a lot of foundation and powder (in real life and online) and yes that may photograph beautifully but in person, it looks cakey. You really don’t need so much foundation for your face.

SOMETHING ELSE I SEE WHICH GRIND MY FUCKING GEARS, is people setting their face with a pressed foundation powder. Now listen if you are one of my beautifully chocolate girls then I get it, translucent powder (and even banana powder) can have you out here looking all types of crazy but there are brands that make setting powders in other shades (I’ll be happy to post some links bc honestly the powders look BOMB and I need some for my clients) but circling back to layering foundations, to do your makeup is to add layers to your skin. putting a heavy powder (or just a fuck ton of powder) on your face over your foundation is to add a layer to your skin which you may not need!

SKINCARE, SKINCARE, SKINCARE. The easiest way to a flawless and smooth foundation is to have a nice, healthy, taken care of base. A lot of times foundation will cling to dry patches on your face (if you have them) or just dead skin that you have on your face so EXFOLIATE, not every day!! At most 3 times a week depending on need, please consult with a skin care professional, I can give you the information of an online one if you would like, she gives a personalized skin care consultation to revamp a routine or help figure out how to deal with any skin problems you may have. She is amazing seriously. (and a personal friend who has skincare down to a science)

Technique!! The technique you use to apply your foundation is a big factor in how the finish will look! I think the best technique is stippling motion, either with a brush or a sponge, really pressing the product into your skin can help it melt and blend into the skin, achieving that flawless finish we all crave.

Concealer, DON’T APPLY TOO MUCH AND ONLY PUT IT ON AFTER YOUR FOUNDATION. Concealer is made for problem areas, and some of these areas are covered adequately with foundation, so put your foundation on first and then take a look, if you can still see redness or breakouts through the foundation then you can conceal them. Also for under the eye again NOT TOO MUCH putting a fuck ton of concealer on under your eye is not only harmful to the very delicate skin under your eye but it causing a lot of creasing as the day goes on. So, conceal sparingly under the eye. Also, try to avoid really heavy or chunky/creamy concealers, I love the Urban Deacy Naked Skin concealers bc they are SO lightweight. 

Contouring is a kind of personalized thing, to adequately advise on that I’d need to know your face shape and undertones.

I hope this helped!! Ask me to elaborate on anything that isn’t clear! 

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The Makeup Brushes You Need...AND Deserve

Okay, looking at all the different makeup brushes they have out there is super exhausting. Sometimes, I want to dump all my money out on the counter and just start crying. But! The hardest things to tackle are often the most worthwhile in the end, except I can’t really vouch for that on account of how easy it is to order a burrito. Main point: once you get a good arsenal of brushes on hand, your makeup will improve drastically. Even the cheapest of drugstore makeup you have will look better, and that’s why I consider it to be the most worthwhile makeup investment you can make. The most worthwhile investment in general is still pizza. But I digress. Listen, you don’t need to buy a giant $400.00 brush set and call it a day. I’m gonna break it down with some of the more essential brushes you should purchase individually.

On Brands: A lot of you asked if expensive brushes are worth it.Short answer is yes. You can spend a lot of money on great brushes by Sephora, Tarte, MAC and NARS. They will never fail you, but they could steal all your money and leave you hungry, which is also like failing you. If you have the budget for this, awesome and buy me dinner. If you don’t, Elf, Real Techniques, Sigma, and Ecotools are all reasonably priced brushes you can find online or at the drugstore. All of the brushes listed are available for any budget..but I’m focusing more on the TYPE of brush rather the brand of the brush.

Okay, here we go. List of brushes after the break!:

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Hi all. Here’s my highlight contour pictorial, I promised to post. Sorry again, I had to take most with my iPhone 5s because I still do not have a tripod for my camera :( I will be getting that soon though. But lets get started.

NOTE: You can click on the picture to enlarge it to see it in more detail. Please remember that this highlight/contour routine is not recommended for everyday makeup. I only do this for special events or once in awhile when I go out! 

What You’ll Need:
Liquid foundation
Concealer or foundation a few shades lighter than your skin
Concealer or foundation several shades darker than your skin
A highlighter of your choice (pressed powder, cream, liquid, etc.)
Setting powder

MUFE HD Liquid Foundation in N153
Maybelline Instant Age Treatment Eraser Dark Circles in Neutralizer
Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in 355
MUFE HD Pressed Setting Powder
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
NARS Orgasm Blush 
Highlight from Victorias Secret

The first picture is of course me with no foundation on, just moisturizer and primer. Start off with applying your favorite liquid foundation (not pictured), I recommend applying a light to medium coverage foundation. I’m using Makeup Forever HD Liquid Foundation in N153 and applied that with a Real Techniques face expert brush. 

The second picture is the first step to this highlight & contour routine. With the concealer or foundation that is lighter than your skin, start off by highlighting the areas that the light naturally hits on your face. This will be the

  1. Center of the forehead
  2. Under your eyes
  3. Nose bridge
  4. Corner of the mouths toward your jaw 
  5. Chin
  6. Cupids bow (the top of your lip)

Blend everything out with a brush (third picture). I used a stippling brush from Real Techniques. Everyone has different preference as to how to apply their highlight but these are just the basic ones that most people highlight. 

The fourth picture is the contouring part. You want to contour the areas where the sun naturally hits your face so you can achieve that sun kissed look. This will be

  1. Sides of your nose
  2. Hollows of your cheeks
  3. Your temples and around the forehead
  4. Jawline (to hide a double chin)

Again blend everything out with a brush (fifth picture), I used a big duo fiber brush from Rite Aid. 

TIP: If you find any difficulty with blending, you can use a little bit of your foundation to help blend.

Remember to set everything with a setting powder. I’m using Makeup Forever HD Setting Pressed Powder. You can stop here but for a more dramatic contour and highlight continue reading.

I am IN LOVE with the Kim Kardashian highlight/contour. It’s gorgeous, so to make this more dramatic I applied more bronzer, blush, and highlight.

1. You want to apply bronzer in the areas that you contoured already. I’m using Benefit’s Hoola bronzer. 
2. After, I applied some Nars Orgasm blush onto the apples of my cheeks.
3. I then applied a highlighter from VS on the bridge of my nose, center of my forehead, and on the highest points of my cheeks.

You’re done! Set your face with a setting spray and voila!