Step-by-Step Guide to Applying Foundation

In this step-by-step guide, we will outline how to

  • Select a foundation the fits your skin type.
  • Test different shades and tones.
  • Apply evenly across the face.

Foundation creates the perfect canvas to properly apply bronzer, blush, corrector, & concealer. Without it, the life of your look diminishes. If you’re paying for the product, you want it to last as long as possible, right? Or at least until you’ve decided to take it off.

Foundation smoothens out the face and reduces flaws and discoloration. However, foundation that doesn’t match the neck or foundation that leaves you looking pasty doesn’t really do the job, does it? When applying foundation, your face should have neither red nor yellow tones and definitely shouldn’t look like the peel of an orange.

To avoid these:

Step 1: Pick the Correct Formula


We outlined this in our previous blog post Here. Once you’ve decided on either light, medium, or full coverage (or something in between) and your current skin type, you can move to tools.

step 2: Pick the Correct Tools


foundation can be applied many different ways. Using a brush or makeup wedge is the most sanitary way to apply makeup. Even so, many like the control of using their hands. We don’t condone this practice due to the increased chance of clogged pore and bacterial presence on the face.

  • Using a synthetic bristle brush will evenly distribute the product smoothly across the face.
  • applying product directly to the face or the sponge will quickly and effortlessly blend it into the face.

Step 3: Find the Right Shade

Unlike concealer, where you can choose lighter shades for more intensified looks, foundation should match your current skin shade. To test the shades, apply to the cheek and forehead to make sure they match each. the forehead gets more sun, so be sure to double check.

Step 4: Application

1. Start by by applying a modest amount of foundation along the jawline.


B. Apply to the forehead as seen:

3. The foundation should blend without discoloration, though mishaps aren’t strangers to this process.

Troubleshoot #1

If foundation comes out the wrong color:

Try adding a layer that’s a shade darker than the original. Experiment with tone, the foundation should make the face the same tone as the rest of the body. Sometimes the skin needs red, yellow, blue, or orange tones.

Troubleshoot #2

If the skin looks yellow:

Most likely, you chose the wrong shade. Try a lighter shade but double check the forehead and cheeks. Some people need up to 2 different tones to create an even canvas.

Troubleshoot #3

If the skin looks pasty:

Again a shading problem but this time, the shade is too light. Readjust with a darker shade.

Troubleshoot #4

If the skin has an orange peel texture:

First wash your hands thoroughly.

Take a small amount of light moisturizer and rub it between your palms to warm it up. After that, gently apply it to the skin. If this doesn’t work, most likely there needs to be a change in foundation formula.

Troubleshoot #5

If the face doesn’t match the neck:

Instead of changing the tone and shade of your foundation, add a little bronzer to the neck.

So there you have it! If you have any questions, feel free to comment, or follow us on Instagram and Like our Facebook Page RLND Beauty.

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