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It’s best to push not rub!

ok- lol What do I mean by this? When working with cream based products- especially foundations, it is so much more effective to gently, but firmly, push the makeup onto and into the skin. images-2 It doesn’t matter if you’re using a brush, a sponge,(my go to choice for on set), or your fingers (my favorite tool for personal application-as long as they are clean!) by pressing and pushing the makeup into the skin, your foundation ends up looking like -Surprise!- SKIN! If you choose to use a brush often the flat foundation brushes leave streaks and I find that many times the thinner, stiffer brushes just move cream makeup around the surface of the skin. Instead look for a softer slightly denser brush, whether the traditional flat foundation brush, an stipple brush (which also works by pushing makeup into the skin in smaller “pixellated” deposits  mimicking to an extent the look of airbrushed skin. Thinner creams tend to work best with this type of brush. My favorite though is the Cover FX brush- Cover-FX-cream-foundation-brush-160_38 I really love the shorter, but dense bristles. They are soft yet firm enough to truly do a great job with cream makeup. My newest favorite is by bdellium (bottom one pictured here) another dense brush- and slightly firmer but I love the pointed end to fit in all the creases! images-3 Now, if sponges are your favorite nothing really beats a beauty blender. these fluffy little pillows are so soft and wonderful to actual bounce the makeup onto your skin and really helps achieve great and flawless coverage. images-4 I use these particularly when I have a lot of coverage, and it involves textural issues, ie acne, scarring, roughened texture etc. I feel I can achieve a lightweight , but full coverage quickly. The key to this sponge, and ALL sponges in makeup is wet it first! Get it well saturated so it expands to double its size, but is not dripping. Then use sponge and bounce makeup into the skin, then using your first two fingers, and a rolling motion continue to press. This effectively spreads the foundation without also removing as much as it deposits, which can often happen with a rubbing or spreading technique. I also carry and use mini flat rectangular non-laytex sponges that I really love and they are much more cost-effective than the beauty blenders and disposable as well. The typical wedge style makeup sponge will work with this also. Lastly- fingers! It’s fine to dab the cream on all over using fingers, but when it comes time to blend this is where short quick presses work best, and I use the same rolling motion I do with the sponges. It also  helps that the warmth from your fingers will melt the product into your skin, again all resulting in the effect of your makeup looking like skin on your skin. whichever method you choose to apply your cream makeup please don’t forget to give it a light set with a setting powder, otherwise that cream will slide and move throughout the day. Voila’ flawless skin!

3 Responses to It’s best to push not rub!

  1. marie June 11, 2014 at 10:46 am #

    Thank you Karrie! I have always loved my foundations-thank you for the great advice. Much appreciated as always. And-horrors, I need to re-order immediately-stat, I am at the bottom of my take-out container!

  2. Annie Robins April 29, 2017 at 1:54 pm #

    Wonderful advice! Now, I am currently awaiting my first order and am so excited………can you or anyone on your team or this blog please tell me the est type of brush to use with your mineral powder foundation? ( I remember the days…long ago…when I first started using the brand of mineral makeup where you tap and then “swirl” the powder onto your face……would love your advice and brush preference on the application of mineral powder for flawless look! thank you so much!

    • Karrie Welch May 3, 2017 at 2:11 pm #

      Annie- Great Question! My first criteria for a powder foundation brush is, does it feel nice against the skin? If it feels scratchy, you will not enjoy using it all over your face. Secondly, scratchy, poor quality brushes tend not to pick makeup up very well, and, lastly, they can actually cause micro fissures or tears in your skin-NOT Good! So, nice feeling is a must! The rest is a bit of personal preference, a denser, more compact brush will pickup and hold more product, and deposit it more quickly- this is a great option for someone comfortable with using mineral powders, and doing makeup in general. For those starting out a fluffier, less dense brush will pick up a bit less and seposit it more lightly. It may take a few extra coats to build your coverage, but you also won’t have to worry about blending out an area where you may have put on too much. I hope this answers your question!

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