Foundation, as the name suggests, is a base for all the makeup process that comes after it. You have chosen your foundation from hundreds of choices out there, now is your time to have the matching tool and right knowledge for your perfect form of coverage.
Powder vs Liquid
First thing first. Before we dive in further about the Liquid foundation, make sure that you’re using the right one for your facial skin type. I’ve made a short comparison list for people with all skin type, let’s check it out below.
Powder foundation works best for people
…With Oily skin.
The powder can absorb some excess oil from the skin, and it keeps you from looking too greasy and shiny. The powder can also help your makeup stay in place for the day.
…Who is prone to sweat a lot.
The powder can help your makeup stay intact even in warm weather. But even if you’re prone to sweating, it is a good idea to use liquid type product in the dry season to keep your face moisturized and protected.
The liquid foundation works best for people
…with Dry skin.
The liquid can give your skin a well-needed moisture and brighten up your face. It will make your face look moist, plump and healthy.
…with Wrinkle problem
The powder can settle into the wrinkles and accentuate them, actually making you look older. If this applies to you, a liquid foundation will be your best friend. It can fill in the wrinkle and smooth it out for even, clean look.
…who has acne issue and pores
As same as the solution to wrinkle problem, liquid type product can act as a filler to cover up some bad skin condition (or a “texture” caused by some dermatological issues). They tend to last longer than powder, so it needs less reapplication during the day.
3 ways to apply liquid foundation and how to choose them
So now that you know which foundation suits you the best, let’s see all the methods available, to know the best ways for you. There are 3 ways to apply liquid foundation; Fingers, sponge, and brushes.
Fingers are the easy and free way to apply liquid foundation quickly. It is not the best way to go for full coverage. You can achieve thin, natural layer of foundation. The best thing about the using fingers is that you can feel your skin yourself. It is also great to be used to blend it naturally brush
The sponge is the most common way of applying foundation since it usually comes with the set. The problems with the sponge are; 1. Product consumption. It requires more product since it soaks up a lot in the process. 2. Hygiene; a lot of people tend to not wash it properly or at all. This is potentially hazardous to your skin, as the sponge can pick up oils and dusk while applying makeup, and can amass a lot of bacteria in the end. To avoid this, frequent washing and cleaning are recommended.
Using a dedicated foundation brush has multiple merits. You can have fine control on how much you apply the foundation, and it can easily reach hard spot like the side of the nose or under the eye effortlessly. Also, It can be easily cleaned with running water. Synthetic fiber is the best choice for the liquid foundation. It would let you feel more in touch with foundation and your skin.
Best brushes for liquid type products
Let’s see the lineup of Chikuhodo and Koyudo for the best liquid type foundation brush.
FU-Pa series from Koyudooffers excellent lineup for foundation brushes. Fu-pa 10 mixes synthetic hair and goat hair well to create durable, firm yet a soft touch of the bristle. It has a flat square head that let you work on the wide area as well as small corner using the edge of the brush.
This Kabuki-style brush is perfect for final touch after applying the foundation. It can buff any makeup powder with ease. It has very rich, dense bristle made out of Soukouhou goat hair.
How to Apply Liquid Foundation with brushes like Pro
Now that you have a liquid foundation and the matching liquid foundation brush, let’s focus on how to make the best use of the combination. Here, we will show you some professional tips about how to apply your foundation with brushes for pore-less, flawless skin.
1. Prepare your skin
Always start your makeup routine with moisturizing your face. Good makeup can be compared to a work of art, and for every art, you need to start with a clean canvas. One important note is that whatever the product you’re using for a makeup base, make sure that it is not too thick. Don’t put too much cream, for instance – You wouldn’t want to have a big greasy layer of makeup sitting on top of your skin that cracks over time – or worse, getting your makeup caked on all over. Light lotion or cream is good to choice to start on, and just apply a thin layer of it. This would the foundation not only look better but last longer.
2. Applying the liquid foundation
Take a small portion on the back of your hand. This is to have better control on how much you’re applying to and to warm up the product so that it better blend in with your face in the later process. Just take some of the foundation with your small foundation brush, and proceed to the next step
3. Using brush to blend
Spread and pat. Using short stroke, start from the center of your face, and gradually move toward the edge of your facial line. This is mainly because the center of the face is usually where you need to cover the most, and starting from the edge would make an unnatural line between skin covered with foundation and not. Using brush will let you reach under the eye and side of your nose easily, for better coverage. Make sure that you use short stroke & pat motion, as moving your brush horizontally to your face would leave a streak of the foundation.
4. Blend it smoothly
For the best smooth look, use clean Kabuki style brushes or your fingers to blend the foundation and just thin it out towards the face line and jawline. Make sure that you do this fast because once it’s dry, it is harder to blend. This is optional, but if you’d like to go further and add the final touch, take some face powder with a large powder brush and just apply very thin, a fine layer of powder for natural mat finish.