Beauty How-To: Flawless Foundation and Concealer

For most women, one essential to a complete make up look is foundation – either creme, liquid or powder – and concealer. The pressing question is… how do you get that airbrush finish no matter the brand of the product? Here are a few of our top tips to get that flawless finish:

1. Cleanser and Moisturizer: Looking after your skin from an early age is an integral part of attaining that picture perfect finish. We suggest Alpha-H’s Micro Cleanse and Kora’s Hydrating Day and Night Cream.

2. Application of Concealer: For liquid concealers, place a small amount on the back of your hand, take a small make up brush and blend it in to the red areas on your face and any dark circles you may have.

For stick concealers, again use a small brush to apply the product onto your face. By using a small brush you are stopping any excess oils from your hands being applied on your face and messing up your concealer. After the concealer has been applied, use a finishing or translucent powder over the areas you have used concealer on – only a small amount, you do not need a lot, the powder sets the concealer so it doesn’t smudge when you apply foundation.

3. Application of Foundation: For liquid foundations, put a small amount on the back of your hand and use a foundation brush to start from your nose. Use small criss-cross strokes until your entire face is covered in a fine layer. Once this is complete use your finishing or translucent powder and apply all over the face until to set the foundation.
For powder foundation, apply a small amount of powder onto your brush (Kabuki Brush or similar) and start from your T-Section (nose and eyebrow/forehead area). Move outwards with circular motions to apply evenly and reapply powder onto the brush when necessarily.

For creme foundation, use the liquid foundation method.

Check out one of our favourite makeup guru Michele Phan’s amazing tutorial on a flawless finish.

 

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78 Comments

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  • Reply stels Tuesday 16th October, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    nice

  • hayley_shortie_22
    Reply hayley_shortie_22 Friday 14th September, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    This is the method of foundation application I use 🙂

  • Reply T1NA Friday 24th August, 2012 at 9:19 am

    thanks, great article!

  • DearMonet
    Reply DearMonet Wednesday 8th August, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Some good tips!!!!

  • Fashionista8P
    Reply Fashionista8P Wednesday 18th July, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    thanks!

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    Great tips, I didnt know about the wet sponge trick will try this for sure!

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    This was really helpful, I had no idea how to apply concealer before..thank you 🙂

  • jodyxo
    Reply jodyxo Sunday 8th July, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    great tips!! very helpful!! 😀 x

  • Reply T1NA Saturday 30th June, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    great article! i’ve always had problems with even application so this helps!

  • Reply Raquel24 Saturday 16th June, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    it would be great if we all had flawless skin like the girl in the video..

  • StayC
    Reply StayC Sunday 4th March, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Michelle always looks great but she has a good canvas to start with…

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    very helpful, thanks!

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    great helpful tips 🙂

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    Reply sommy7 Tuesday 10th January, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    I too never wear foundation, but will now give it a go with this useful information

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    Thanks for the tips. I never wear foundation because I don’t like to apply it, but like the look of it when I’ve had it done professionally. Now I know how to try it myself!

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    Dianna Agron is soo gorgeous

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  • Reply holly vals Tuesday 8th November, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I never know whether to put concealer on before or after foundation

  • Reply bluebird93 Tuesday 1st November, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    cool!

  • Reply thelakehousewriter Friday 14th October, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    good tip about the concealer! thanks

  • Reply fifi73 Friday 14th October, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Great tip, it might be time to update my make up brush collection….. 🙂

  • Reply ECG Sunday 9th October, 2011 at 1:25 am

    I’ve yet to try

  • Reply ggional Monday 3rd October, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    great tips! thanks so much:)

  • Reply buonarrotischisel Friday 30th September, 2011 at 1:04 am

    Awesome tips! I should be studying for a test right now, but this is way more interesting!

  • Reply chocolatelace Thursday 29th September, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    love michelle phan!

  • sumaya11
    Reply sumaya11 Tuesday 27th September, 2011 at 9:30 am

    This is very helpful, thankyou 🙂

  • Reply pearl06 Sunday 25th September, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Already a subscriber of Michelle Phan’s youtube channel.

  • Reply vonisntflexi Wednesday 21st September, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    thanks for the tips regarding the small brush!!

  • Reply thing13 Wednesday 21st September, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Some really good tips thanks

  • Reply dancenow13 Wednesday 21st September, 2011 at 3:50 am

    This is so helpful! My foundation never seems to cover everything, so hopefully these tips will help.

  • Reply paoling725 Tuesday 20th September, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Thank you for the video!

  • Reply mummo13 Friday 16th September, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful tips to using a brush with your concealer and foundation, I will give it a try and see what happens.

  • Reply AlexandraRose Monday 12th September, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Very Helpful, thank you!

  • Reply lydiacherryk Sunday 11th September, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Wow, it actually is flawless! I love it!

  • Reply lizzie77 Sunday 11th September, 2011 at 2:43 am

    Thanks for this great post. I will definitely keep this makeup tip in mind!

  • Reply tessarella Saturday 10th September, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    great info, i normally never wear concealer

  • Reply mzluvinkhim Saturday 10th September, 2011 at 12:14 am

    thanx for the great tips

  • hausoftina
    Reply hausoftina Friday 9th September, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Thanks for the tips! I will definitely use them(:

  • SuzyM11
    Reply SuzyM11 Friday 9th September, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Will def have to try the powder before foundation – thanks for the tips !! 🙂

  • CamillaWhite
    Reply CamillaWhite Friday 9th September, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    so helpful! i am so hopeless of just applying when driving to work!

  • Reply Narao10 Friday 9th September, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Very informative article. I loved watching the video.
    Thanks BWA!!

  • violetflower61230
    Reply violetflower61230 Friday 9th September, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    I started using brushes to apply foundation a few months ago and it really makes a difference: it blends it in so much better!

  • Reply stefaneigh Friday 9th September, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Oh the concealer tips are so helpful I don’t wear it anymore but mainly because it only ever smudged and did no good! I don’t use a brush for liquid foundation though and it still looks great…

  • Reply DuckieBox Friday 9th September, 2011 at 12:36 am

    ooo thanks for the tips~!

  • Reply silver Thursday 8th September, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    great tips!

  • Reply lauraa Thursday 8th September, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    thanks for the helpful tips!

  • Reply sabrinafu Thursday 8th September, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Very helpful!

  • aimzybabe
    Reply aimzybabe Thursday 8th September, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Never tried foundation, I usually just out on powder? Looks easy enough!

  • Reply kittydoll Thursday 8th September, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Very helpful! Thank you 🙂

  • aussie.elle
    Reply aussie.elle Thursday 8th September, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    useful information! thanks 🙂

  • Reply Stebangii Thursday 8th September, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    I never really use blushes for foundation and concealer, I tend to just finger paint when it comes to my face but I tired this and it was sooo good!!

  • Reply piccolanippy Thursday 8th September, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    That was a really good read thank you for the tips!

  • Reply Serena86 Thursday 8th September, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    i’ve never put powder over concealer before. what a great tip

  • Reply milicamitreska Thursday 8th September, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    this was very helpful because i never knew that i had to use concealer, instead i just whacked foundation on! thank you 🙂

  • karan2386
    Reply karan2386 Thursday 8th September, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    So helpful!! I have always had a problem with my concealer smudging once my foundation was applied.. Thank you!

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