1. Wet the sponge . Use a damp sponge. Never use a dry sponge.
2. Use a water spray / water mist before applying the foundation and after the whole routine is done.
3. Before applying foundation - Exfoliate the dry patches. Moisturize your face well. Let the moisturizer sink in.
4. Practice at home when you are under no pressure to look your best under five minutes. Try different ways of getting it right. Don't worry about how long it takes you because with time you will be doing all that in two minutes.( or more)
5. Use heat / blow dryer over creme foundation cake. It makes the cake more moist and delicious. Err...foundation more smooth, pliable and easy to work with.
6. If you have very dry skin avoid powder foundation. Just like you avoided your ex-boyfriend at that party last year.
7. Lightly pat gel moisturizer over the foundation on extra dry and peeling areas.
8. If you have very oily skin - blot blot blot. Blot after applying moisturizer. Blot before applying foundation. Blot after applying foundation. Set with powder and blot.
9. Sheer out the full coverage foundation with your moisturizer and slowly layer them instead of one thick layer. That one thick layer is cakey and heavy. Layering helps. Like a lot.
10. Try different brushes - stippling / skunk brush ( MAC 187), fluffy foundation brush ( MAC 138), the classic foundation paint brush. My personal favorite is the sponge - magical & cheap.
11. Give the foundation time to set, to sink in, to adjust and do its thing.
12. Take time to apply. The magic is just as much in application as with the products.
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Yes, the sponge is use and throw. But since I use it only on me, I wash it, store it in a Ziploc and use multiple times. Don't feel bad about wastage. You cant eat your cake and have it. Or something like that.
When you use blow dryer over the foundation to make it more manageable, wait until it cools down before you use it on your face.
There are twelve steps. Not ten but twelve . Ten is the norm. But, I am not the norm. I am twelve.
When I say take time , I mean take time. Behind every face that needs full coverage foundation and has a full coverage foundation looking flawless - there is precisely 246713 hours of clocked practice time behind it.
That person who avoided the ex boyfriend at the party last year was not me.
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