how to apply foundation


I think the key to applying foundation is to make your skin look like skin. You don’t want to look like its caked on (which I promise so many do and its not pretty). The best is when someone tells you how amazing your skin looks and what do you use to get it looking so good. You want people to actually think its your natural skin and thats how you look all the time. So this post is about how to apply foundation like pro and make it look like you know exactly what you are doing. I get hired a lot for shoots for the no makeup makeup look so skin looks even and flawless but still looks really natural. So here are my tips on getting your foundation right:

Brush or Sponge

Foundation Brush or Sponge?

I get asked so many times what brushes do I use, how to apply foundation and is it better using a sponge? Is there a better a way I hear you ask? The foundation brush or sponge?

When I am shooting its pretty much the foundation brush and I suppose its out of habit more than anything because using a sponge is pretty amazing if you using a liquid foundation as it leaves skin looking really natural and pretty flawless plus it gets into all the places. However I find a foundation brush is amazing for both liquid and cream it just gives that amazing finish to the skin especially the Sigma brushes they are my go to foundation brushes at the moment and have taken over my Real Techniques.

For me a brush gives better coverage and is great for building up the coverage especially if I know I am on set all day and the foundation has to last it would be the foundation brush for me hands down especially if I am using the Bobbi Brown stick foundation the brush just workd wonders with this formula.

So I suppose the foundation brush is the winner for me.

Shahnaz x

So I filmed so How To video’s at the women24.com studio’s at the end of last year from how to apply foundation, brows, highlighting and contouring, applying blush, smokey eye and a nude lip. Here is the first instalment with me explaining about foundation and concealer with the lovely Jana from Women 24. When I showed my sister this morning she laughed and said I look just like a TV presenter! I am very serious when in front of the camera. So here is a tutorial on how to apply foundation and concealer.

Hope you enjoy it and will be posting more over the next couple of weeks.

Shahnaz x

Foundation Brushes

Most people I know use their fingers to apply their foundation and there is always the question should I use a foundation brush? And if I use a brush which one? Admitedly when I am in a hurry I use my fingers but I find that the product doesn’t last as long than when I use a brush. There are times when I am on a shoot and I mix fingers and brush depending on the foundation I am using.

So which brush? It all depends on the coverage you want. Stippling brushes and buffing brushes are great when you want a lighter coverage and still want your skin to look flawless. Also make sure you choose a synthetic brush so that the foundation isn’t soaked into the brush and it also means you are not wasting your product.

My favourite buffing/stiffling brushes are the Real technique brushes sadly you can’t buy them in South Africa. Mac and Inglot also have great buffing brushes. The great thing about the stippling brushes is you can build your coverage or you can also use them for cream blushes and gently push the product into the skin.

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For a fuller coverage use a traditional foundation brush I use these on darker skin girls, for pigmentation and bad skin, or when I want to ensure a really flawless finish as the brushes allow for a better coverage. Mac foundation brushes and Inglot brushes are great for these as well as the Real Technique foundation brush. Most brands have brushes depending on your budget if you really want to splash out then the high end brands such as Chanel have great brushes too. The one brush I am really excited to try out is the Rae Morris Radiance Brush that I have finally been able to order.  Its an amazing foundation brush making application quick and easy.

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Hope you enjoyed my post.