My favourite technique is a little bit old-school with a nod to the days of old Hollywood, and the beginnings of modern screen makeup. It relies on the ever beautiful and much loved sea sponge, which happens to be rather pricey. A Beauty Blender is a wonderful alternative, and just as expensive. But I still have so much love for the durable and dependable non-latex sponge. Those sturdy wedges that I get from Dischem are just as capable of delivery the perfect blended finish. My technique is simple:
- Spread and mix your foundation shade on your steel palette. Whether you are working with liquid, cream, or mousse, this technique assists in creating even and sheer blending that limits the incidence of cakiness.
- Once you have the desired shade, begin to distribute the product lightly on the face with a makeup brush of your choosing. There are so many foundation brush designs, and I know I have my favourites. I like to buff in the product as much as possible. But for this technique that's not entirely necessary at this stage. Instead, I place the foundation shades so as to contour the face, and then blend them in and up towards each other. This technique works very well with reverse contouring, which I am a huge fan of.
My Shiseido and Japonesque brushes are at the top of my list of best brushes
- Once the foundation is placed, I dampen the sponge by lightly spritzing it with my own setting spray formula.
- Then I grab a tissue and cover the sponge to gently squeeze out any excess.
- The damp sponge is primed and ready to blend the foundation that has already settled into the skin. This is the part where you can decide the desired opacity of your product, depending on how much product you blend away. I find that it helps to take down your initial application, and then buff in a suitable foundation powder. This creates a lasting, layered foundation application that looks and feels natural.
The Beauty Blender stands out, don't you think?! Softer than any sponge I have ever used, and certainly an ideal alternative to a natural sea sponge.
The option to powder or not, will depend on what finish you want. But you will have a fresh and hydrated finish with the technique above, and what you do with it afterwards, is up to you.
I'd love to hear your special tips and techniques, so please leave notes in the comments section.