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How to Apply Liquid Foundation

Face Makeup

How to Apply Liquid Foundation How to Apply Liquid Foundation How to Apply Liquid Foundation

As with most makeup, liquid foundation is not a one-size-fits-all type of a product. But liquid foundation can work on all skin types—you just have to spend a little time and do some research to find a shade that best matches your skin tone. From lightweight to full coverage and from matte to dewy, there are a ton of options you can choose from to get the finish you’re after. Liquid foundation can help to conceal surface imperfections like redness and dark spots and provide your skin a flawless-looking base for the rest of your makeup application.

How to Find the Right Liquid Foundation Finish for Your Skin Type

Before you can choose a liquid foundation, you need to decide on what finish you’re going for. For example, if you are looking for heavier coverage, reach for a liquid or cream formula that offers full coverage. On the other hand, if you prefer a more natural look and feel, opt for a lightweight or weightless liquid foundation formula instead. If you want your skin to have a radiant-looking glow, choose a dewy-finish foundation. Meanwhile, if excess shine is a concern for you, try a matte formula.

What to Avoid When Picking a Liquid Foundation

Choosing the best liquid foundation for your skin type also depends on your complexion’s particular needs. For example, if you tend to have oily skin, it’s probably a good idea to stay away from any foundation that claims they have a dewy finish. That’s because it could make your oily skin look even shinier—which is probably the opposite of what you want. And if you have dry skin, you may want to consider steering clear of matte formulas, since they won’t do anything to help you look more radiant.

The Best Matte Liquid Foundation from L’Oréal Paris

The L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte 24 HR Foundation offers long-lasting medium coverage with a demi-matte finish. The foundation has an air-light texture and is oil-free.

The Best Dewy Liquid Foundation from L’Oréal Paris

The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation offers long-lasting medium coverage with a radiant finish and air light texture. Plus, it is formulated with SPF 15!

How to Apply a Liquid Foundation

From your hands to a stippling brush, there are many ways to apply a liquid foundation. Not sure which one is for you? We’re breaking down all of your options to make your life a little bit easier.

How to apply liquid foundation with your hands: Start off by washing your hands to make sure you're not covering your face with bacteria or germs when applying foundation. Rub the foundation between your palm to emulsify it, then press it onto your skin. Using this technique can give you a natural, second-skin appearance.

How to apply liquid foundation with your fingers: Again, make sure your hands are clean before trying this technique. Squeeze the foundation onto your wrist and use your fingers to warm it up. Apply the liquid foundation onto your face in circular motions, making sure to blend and distribute evenly as you go.

How to apply liquid foundation with a tapered foundation brush: Think of this brush as a way to “paint” the liquid foundation onto your face. When using a tapered foundation brush, make sure to apply the foundation in short, downward, and outward strokes. Finish off by blending any lines or creases that may have formed.

How to apply liquid foundation with a stippling brush: If you want sheerer coverage, this type of brush can get you that. Blend and press the foundation all over your face in light, circular motions with the brush.

How to apply liquid foundation with a rounded foundation brush: When using this traditional foundation brush, blend the liquid foundation onto your face, alternating between swirling and stroking motions.

How to apply liquid foundation with a makeup sponge: This industry fave can give you a natural finish but also lets you build up coverage. Take the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender and squeeze a small amount of foundation onto the pointed tip. Use the rounded edge to dab and roll the foundation onto your skin.