Ace Your Base No offense, but you’re probably making one of these 7 mistakes with your foundation

Foundation mistakes Herve Leger by Max Azria Spring 2011 No offense, but youre probably making one of these 7 mistakes with your foundation

It’s okay, I was too. And it appears that even after 5+ years in the business, countless interviews with makeup artists and product formulators, and a personal product rotation that rivals any outpost of Sephora, YES, yes it is possible to teach a beauty editor a few new tricks.

Arguably, foundation—or more accurately, the entire art of perfecting your skin with makeup—is the hardest element of the application process. Let’s face it: filling in your brows or swiping on mascara is not rocket science. But it takes a special effort (both in shade and product selection, along with technique) to make your skin look both natural AND flawless.

So if you think you’re doin’ it wrong (and sorry, but you probably are)… read on:

Foundation mistake #1: Using a powder foundation

Foundation mistakes powder foundation No offense, but youre probably making one of these 7 mistakes with your foundation

Ditch it.

I know, I know—I used to be a massive Bare Minerals fan too. And yes, mineral makeup IS supposedly better for your skin (non-comedogenic, naturally anti-bacterial and with built-in sunscreen).

The problem is that powder foundations don’t give you the best finish. The look right now is very, very natural and a little bit dewy and the best way to get said look is with a liquid foundation. Powders are drying, tend to cake and can even accentuate wrinkles because they settle into the creases. Some of the ones with shimmer in them can even make your pores look larger—horrifying!

Instead, here are a few liquid foundation recommendations that I swear by…

This is my day to day go-to and the one I reach for the most:

Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in 118 Flesh No offense, but youre probably making one of these 7 mistakes with your foundation

My shade (Ivory) is a perfect match and it doesn’t look or feel like I’m wearing heavy foundation, even though it gives amazing hi-def coverage. There is an impressive shade range, too.

This is an oil-free option that also offers plenty of coverage with a light texture:

Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup Oil Free SPF 15 No offense, but youre probably making one of these 7 mistakes with your foundation

It’s even better paired worn on top of their SPF 15 primer.

This next one makeup artists go crazy for—when I used to work on staff in magazines, it would always mysteriously disappear when we brought a bottle on set.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation 2 No offense, but youre probably making one of these 7 mistakes with your foundation

Obviously, it photographs beautifully and the texture is to die for.

Foundation mistake #2: Testing your foundation on your jaw

foundation on jaw No offense, but youre probably making one of these 7 mistakes with your foundation

Yes, everybody tells you to do this but I have some breaking news: you should actually test your foundation in three spots: underneath the eyes, on/around the nose and at the cheek/jawline. Do it all on one side of your face so you can compare with the no-makeup side.

The perfect shade should pretty much disappear into your skin—but if in doubt, go slightly darker, not lighter. A slightly darker shade covers flaws A LOT better and will warm up your skin tone. Remember, nobody wants to pull an Eagle (light face, dark body) like Emily Blunt.

Emily Blunt Golden Globe Awards 2010 No offense, but youre probably making one of these 7 mistakes with your foundation

Foundation mistake #3: Not using primer underneath your foundation

In which case, welcome to the blog. You obviously must be new around here because I feel like we talk about primers All. The. Time.

Most people look 150 percent better with primer—really, they do—because it helps your foundation glide on smoother and stay put longer. (As in: it will be much less likely to slip n’ slide around your face, or start to crease.) They’re making really clever ones lately that can also soften the appearance of wrinkles, control shine or boost radiance.

If you’re looking for oil control, this is the most mattifying primer I’ve ever tried, EVER:

Becca Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector No offense, but youre probably making one of these 7 mistakes with your foundation

I’ve also had good luck with this Cover FX one, which also has anti-acne benefits:

Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti Acne Treatment No offense, but youre probably making one of these 7 mistakes with your foundation

And then here’s the Hourglass one I was talking about above:

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15 No offense, but youre probably making one of these 7 mistakes with your foundation

It feels real slippery when you put it on, but don’t fret—it makes foundation go over top like a dream, and helps it last for hours. Love that it has built-in SPF.

Finally, this one from Urban Decay is a classic:

Urban Decay Pore Perfecting Complexion Primer Potion No offense, but youre probably making one of these 7 mistakes with your foundation

It’s light, dries down quickly and helps minimize the appearance of pores. Not ideal for dry skin, though.

PS: I know everyone raves about this primer, but I just don’t get the hype. Your mileage may vary, though.

Foundation mistake #4: Applying your foundation with your fingers or a sponge

applying foundation with a sponge No offense, but youre probably making one of these 7 mistakes with your foundation

Guilty as charged! I’m a longtime finger user, even though I have probably 10 different foundation brushes… but I plan to change.

The reason foundation brushes are superior is because they use far, far less product and are also ACE at blending—and that means a smoother, more natural, less cakey application. Sponges are okaaaay (I’ve been trialling the Beautyblender lately and it’s quite nice) but the problem is that they waste a lot of product. Plus, they tend to be better at dabbing on areas where you need more coverage instead of creating a smooth, even application.

When looking for a foundation brush, make sure it’s synthetic, not animal hair (you should never use animal hair with liquids). And it’s a pain in the bum, but you also have to wash it regularly with either a makeup brush cleaner or a gentle baby shampoo.

Probably the best quality brushes for the price that I’ve come across are from EcoTools. I’ve used this foundation brush for years:

EcoTools Foundation Brush No offense, but youre probably making one of these 7 mistakes with your foundation

If you can spend a little more, this Bobbi Brown brush will never fail you:

Bobbi Brown Foundation Brush No offense, but youre probably making one of these 7 mistakes with your foundation

Foundation mistake #5: Applying foundation all over your face

liquid foundation No offense, but youre probably making one of these 7 mistakes with your foundation

So not necessary, doll. The purpose of foundation is not, in fact, to cover up every square inch of your face—it’s really only supposed to be used on the areas where you need it. Think: the redness around your nose/chin, the darkness underneath your eyes, the random rogue blemishes that you’ve been fighting by night but need to conceal by day.

Blend everything really well using your aforementioned foundation brush, and if you’ve selected the right shade, it should look seamless. (If you need more coverage, we’re talking about concealer next…)

Foundation mistake #6: Putting concealer under, not over, your foundation

makeup concealer No offense, but youre probably making one of these 7 mistakes with your foundation

Okay, this one is bad. Very, very bad. But I will forgive you if you didn’t know better because there are people out there—in fact, I interviewed one on Friday—who are perpetuating this myth. (Since she was, er, representing a company that MAKES foundation, I didn’t have the heart to tell her that she had it in the wrong order.)

Honestly though—what’s the point of applying concealer if you’re just going to blend it all away by putting foundation on top? So remember: foundation first, then concealer. Go in with a brush to dab it (a cream, not liquid) on top only where you need it. Then blend!

Here are a few of my top concealer picks…

I’ve been using this product for years:

theBalm TimeBalm Anti Wrinkle Concealer No offense, but youre probably making one of these 7 mistakes with your foundation

My shade (Light) is a perfect match to my skin tone, and it’s got a creamy, easy-to-blend texture with good, high coverage (and anti-wrinkle benefits!).

These next two are similar in texture and colour to theBalm, except they’re made from natural ingredients, including coconut oil. I’ve gone through a couple of these Nvey Ecos in my lifetime:

nvey eco organic erase concealer neutral No offense, but youre probably making one of these 7 mistakes with your foundation

And then lately, I’ve been into the RMS Beauty version—which is very similar ingredients-wise, but maybe a touch creamier:

RMS Beauty Un Cover Up1 No offense, but youre probably making one of these 7 mistakes with your foundation

Finally, there is a reason this concealer is a cult beauty classic that makeup artists swear by.

Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer No offense, but youre probably making one of these 7 mistakes with your foundation

It’s pricey but totally worth it for the incredible texture, high coverage and seamless finish.

Foundation mistake #7: Setting your foundation with tinted powder and a big, fluffy brush

woman applying powder No offense, but youre probably making one of these 7 mistakes with your foundation

I wrote about the perils of tinted powder earlier this year, and I’ll still stand by them. If you want to “set” your foundation, I strongly, strongly advise that you invest in a colourless translucent powder, which not only works for every single skin tone in existence, but will also prevent that horrendous cakey texture from messing up your otherwise bang-on makeup application.

I recommend this powder, which was one of the originals and still one of the best.  :

Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder No offense, but youre probably making one of these 7 mistakes with your foundation

It sets your makeup really well without looking or feeling like you’ve got anything on your skin.

This is another option that to me feels pretty much the same as the MUFE:

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores HD Silk Micro Finishing Powder No offense, but youre probably making one of these 7 mistakes with your foundation

Just make sure you blend well, unlike Nicole Kidman:

Nicole Kidman powder face No offense, but youre probably making one of these 7 mistakes with your foundation

Okay, that particular incident may have been because HD powders show up white under flash photography, but even so… the point is that the look you want is dewy, not powdery. So I would only apply your powder in the areas where you tend to get shiny: the forehead and maybe the chin. And contrary to received beauty wisdom, don’t use a big, fluffy brush to apply because you’re going to deposit waaaaay too much product. Instead, go for a domed, fluffy eyeshadow brush.

And if you need to touch up during the day, please invest in some handy oil-blotting papers. Get the kind that aren’t coated with powder though, or you’re just going to end up back at square one.

Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens No offense, but youre probably making one of these 7 mistakes with your foundation

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Have your say

Do you wear foundation?
Were you doing some things “wrong?”
Do you have any other foundation or skin-perfecting tips to share?


Michelle (
Monday, November 22/2010 at 1:33 pm

Great tips! I’m guilty of using my fingers and not using a primer (even though I have some great primers in my collection). I will pinky swear to try and use your tips from now on! :-)


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, November 22/2010 at 4:01 pm

Well I should say that you don’t HAVE to use a primer… I don’t want to be a makeup Nazi here… but I find it does make a big difference, especially after a few hours’ wear. :-)


Thursday, October 24/2013 at 9:27 am

Thank you for these awesome tips while I shall be implementing but I must disagree with you on the colourless translucent powder. It does NOT work on every skin tone in existence and it is SOOOO not colourless. I should know. I think I need to ditch finishing powders all together because both the “colourless” and the tinted show up on my very deep Alek Wek skin tone and leave a whitish cast (from the so called colourless versions and yes that includes your suggested MUFE HD one above) or a tinted cast (from the tinted ones). It sucks!


Saturday, July 19/2014 at 4:50 pm

Try using a velour puff pad to press it onto your skin, then dust off any extra powder with the big puffy powder brush. That should make a huge difference. At least it has for me since I started watching some wayne goss videos and learned that trick.


Thursday, February 13/2014 at 4:20 am

I think it depends on the cream one uses before….some creams have a primer texture so no primer is needed but some don’t so the foundation looks bad applied only over the cream w/o primer. If one has a very uneven complexion or very oily skin, tho, then yes, a primer is needed and also a right cream(those that also contain some form of silicone).

I don’t use primer even if I got oily skin and always have to retouch because most emphasise my flaky skin(I think I have some kind of oily dermatitis so finding something that keeps me from looking oily and also not make me look dry, flaky and dull is impossible so I’d rather look oily and blot and reapply nowadays as the flaky look aged me and I’m only a teen. Letting my skin get a bit oily actually has ppl think I’m 16, not almost 20)


Philomena Leavitt
Monday, January 6/2014 at 10:46 pm

Same here, @Michelle, I’m guilty in using my fingers to blend and apply my foundation and I haven’t ever used primer. Now I’m going to invest in a primer and a foundation brush! Oh and I’m also guilty of applying concealer before foundation. I always did this because a makeup specialist told me to..but I always thought it was pointless of me to blend away all my concealer into the foundation.. so now I will do it visa-versa! Can’t wait to see the results! Thanks :)


Monday, November 22/2010 at 1:45 pm

I agree with everything you wrote but wanted to expand on point number 2. A lot of makeup artists advocate testing foundation on the neck area now because often times peoples neck/chest area is darker than their faces. (This becomes especially noticeable in the summer!) You want the color to be similar to your neck area so you can avoid the “bald eagle” look (I laughed and laughed when I read that! You rock!!) Matching your color to your neck avoids this beauty blunder.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, November 22/2010 at 4:04 pm

I guess it depends how much sun you get on your neck! With my long hair mine is actually quite pale, whereas my face gets quite ruddy (damn Scottish complexion!). I think that’s why Greg says to test in 3 places to make sure the colour is a match all over – certainly one of those could definitely be your neck!


Saturday, January 5/2013 at 4:45 pm

No, testing on the neck is still the proper way to match your skintone, even if you have some extra color from the sun. Have you not seen white bodies with brown heads that appear photoshopped on, even in real life? It’s not attractive.

Usually, I test colors around the colorbone since this is going to be less pale than the neck, but paler than my face. The objective is to give a unified appearance, not to have your head, neck, and body all appear to be put together like a Frankenstein doll. If that means lightening your face up a shade and/or blending foundation down the neck a bit, then that’s what you do. Airbrushing is the best for creating an even, all over color since we use that on the face, neck, and decollete.

But I agree with the first respondent: never, ever, EVER test foundation on your face or hands. (And yes, I am a professional MUA.)

PS: I realize my comment is tardy by a few years, but this advice still comes up as a #1 hit on some Google searches.


Belinda Howell
Saturday, May 24/2014 at 10:25 am

So are those foundation air brush machines that you see on tv worth the investment, and is one always stuck using their products, or any foundation will work in them? I use PERFECTION LUMIÈRE VELVET in Beige #30, and love it. Thanks for any advice!


Monday, November 22/2010 at 2:15 pm

Guilty, guilty, guilty. That said, I feel like makeup rules can be misleading, since we all have different skin types and needs.

1. You’re using a powder foundation.

Yes, sometimes I do. Even though I prefer liquids, there are some days where I just want the simplicity of powder. As for the finish, I always set my liquid with powder.. so. :

3. You’re not using primer underneath your foundation.

No, I’m not. I’ve tested a slew of primers and most of them increase my oil production for some reason, which has me more shiny than I would be without it, which in turn decreases the wear time.

5. You’re applying foundation All. Over. Your. Face.

Absolutely! I apply the most in areas that need it, and then blend it out with the remainder of what’s on the brush. I know I’m not the only one that doesn’t perfectly match foundation off the shelf/counter. There is one foundation I’ve used that was near perfect, and I don’t like to wear it all the time – so I’d look kind of patchy if I spot treated..

6. You put your concealer on under, not over, your foundation.

When it’s under the eyes, yes. If I use a peach corrector for dark circles, the skin under my eyes isn’t peach – so the light layer of foundation evens everything out.

7. You’re setting your foundation with tinted powder..

Transparent powder is great, but a little goes a very long way and I find the darker the skin the more blending is required. Blending is always good, but sometimes it gets a bit ridiculous and a sheer tinted powder will remove the ashy look altogether.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, November 22/2010 at 4:14 pm

Haha thanks for the rebuttal! :-)

I guess I should’ve clarified, these are tips for when you want the very best, most flawless finish. I’m absolutely guilty of reaching for the easy powder compact when I feel too lazy to do proper makeup. (I use Pure + Simple’s pressed powder foundation with a touch of concealer.)

Re: primers – have you ever tried Shu Uemura’s Under Base? It is hands down the most mattifying primer I have used, period.

I think we are in agreement re: foundation application. What I meant was that people should focus on the areas where they need it and then blend out from there until you get your desired result. I know it’s tough finding an exact match :-(

And it sounds like you are talking about using a colour corrector as a concealer, am I right? In this case I agree – colour corrective products should go underneath the foundation. You want the product you put on top to be a perfect match with your skin tone.

Oh and one more point about powder… I find that a final spritz of facial mist (La Roche Posay and Vichy make good ones) cuts the powdery look and gives you a more dewy finish. I like to do this as my final step.


Beth F.
Wednesday, November 28/2012 at 5:59 pm

Good info…I admit I like powder foundation for an easy every day…that said I have no wrinkles really (despite being in my mid 40′s, lucky me) and very oily skin. I find its just enough to blur my age spots and redness without looking made up. I also find that a mist takes away any really powdery look. In a pinch, I gently pay a damp washcloth on the finish to reduce the powder.


Saturday, January 12/2013 at 12:54 pm

You’re right, some of these are just plain wrong… Not everything works the same for people! People have totally different skin. Powder foundation is great. I don’t care about the trend of slightly dewy skin. Not following a trend isn’t a mistake. Plus, it’s fast and easy.
I just can’t believe this said to test foundation under your eyes. Other people have probably tested that foundation, too. I really don’t want it near my eyes. I’ve always tested on my jaw, down to my neck. I’ve always had professionals do it like this, too. This website doesn’t have credibility to me anymore.


Monday, November 22/2010 at 2:16 pm

I’m so glad to finally see powder foundations go… they always remind me of junior high when the *cool* girls carried around their CoverGirl compacts. I also found they had a really unusual smell to them, but anyway…

I’m wondering if you have any recommendations for very fair, freckled skin. Googling for make-up tips for freckled girls typically on returns suggestions of how to cover them up (lame) or laser them off (lamer). I don’t have problematic skin, I just want to make sure I’ve got an even tone and that I look awake. I’m having trouble finding something that is lightweight enough that there won’t be a visible layer over the freckles but also a shade that is fair enough for what my grandma calls a “milky” complexion.

Should I go with primer on its own? Concealer? Any recos are appreciated!


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, November 22/2010 at 4:29 pm

Hey, great question. I LOVE freckles! And I don’t think people should try to cover them up. Mine used to get quite dark when I lived in Australia and was in the sun all the time… I liked them MUCH better that way as now they’ve sort of faded but are still there, keeping me from the milky porcelain complexion of my dreams!

Anyway – it sounds like you just want something for light coverage in the areas where you skin is uneven, yes? I would definitely look into primers – a good friend of mine whose skin is already uber-flawless just started using them and says her skin looks even better now. Depending on your skin type you could get one for oil-control or radiance-boosting or hydration… they will just make your skin look a little bit more perfect.

As for coverage – if you can get away with just concealer, go for it! Not everyone needs to use foundation. Just make sure you’re applying your concealer with a proper concealer brush and blending well. (also don’t use one that is too light)

If you find you’re covering up large areas with the concealer then you should probably invest in a sheer, lightweight foundation or at least tinted moisturizer. Tinted moisturizers are more forgiving, shade-wise, than foundations so if you go for the latter do get some help in finding a shade. I think what you should aim for is a colour that is somewhere in between the tone of the freckles vs. your actual skin tone… but I would probably get some help at the makeup counter just to be on the safe side. (Maybe get them to give you samples to take home and test in different kinds of light.)

Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier might be good brands to try. I hope that helps! I’ve flagged this question for a future post topic… will see if I can dig up any more advice for you. :-)


Monday, November 22/2010 at 10:13 pm

This is why I love you, Michelle! Looove BB and LM. They both have good concealers and correctors. Ditto on the primers…look for one tailored to your skin needs, there are many on the market…I’ve got an oilslick of a complexion, though, so I’m still looking for my HG primer. Have used Smashbox (original and light), and it’s good texture-wise…it will only control my shine for under two hours. keep in mind, though, my skin is really oily.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, November 23/2010 at 1:05 pm

Have we discussed the Shu Uemura Under Base, SkyBlueSky? It’s waaaay better than Smashbox at oil control. Nothing else compares.


Tuesday, November 23/2010 at 1:07 pm

We have! I’m kicking myself for not trying it before they folded up physical shop in the U.S. do they still have physical locations in canada? I live close to Montreal.

Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, November 23/2010 at 1:36 pm

I am pretty sure they carry it at Holt Renfrew in Montreal! Maybe call ahead though as I hear it sells out quickly.


Saturday, December 29/2012 at 12:38 pm

I also have very, very oily skin. I would suggest trying Mary Kay’s oil mattifier. You can apply it under your foundation and primer to control oil, but you can also pat some on over your makeup during the day and it will re-mattify without ruining your make-up. I use it religiously!


Sunday, January 5/2014 at 11:59 pm

I find BB cream works great . It has a great match if your fair complected, like me that’s what I chose. It’s the coverage I want shows a few freckles but also gives me a very smooth complexion and matte finish. If I want more coverage I wear liquid to powder foundation over it .


Jill D (
Monday, November 22/2010 at 2:27 pm

I wear foundation every day, even in summer. My #1 Fave Foundation Brush that you must try: Giorgio Armani Blender Brush. It makes product glide on and because its head isn’t massive, you can get in all those contours: sides of nose, under eyes, chin area.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, November 22/2010 at 4:31 pm

Hey I think I have this! (Wasn’t it in our gift bags for that event?) I will have to find – am sure it’s buried somewhere in the episode of Horders that is my makeup stash. Good to know it has the Jill D. seal of approval! :-)


Monday, November 22/2010 at 4:12 pm

My skin gets pretty oily, I’m afraid a primer would just make my skin oilier, any suggestions?


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, November 22/2010 at 4:36 pm

As mentioned above, the Shu Uemura Under Base primer is the most oil-controlling primer in the world! The End.

No seriously – I love it. A few other ones that aren’t quite as shine-stopping but still pretty good:
- NeoStrata Mattifying Fluid
- Cover FX Clear Prep FX
- Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer

Also make sure you’re not using products that are heavy underneath your makeup. If you can, go for a light moisturizer with built-in sunscreen (instead of 2 separate products)… I really love Pure + Simple’s sunscreen for oily skin. Let it “dry” for about 10 minutes before putting on the primer, and then wait again before doing the foundation. It should help.


Monday, November 22/2010 at 4:41 pm

None of those products are sold in my country (norway)
We have stuff like chanel, lancome, clinque, biotherme and so on though.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, November 23/2010 at 1:09 pm

Ah! Didn’t realize you’re in Norway (cool!)

I don’t like Chanel’s mattifier (T-Mat I think is the name) – it leaves a white chalky residue.

I use YSL Top Secrets Pore Refining Skincare Brush sometimes and it’s pretty good.

Nuxe Aroma Perfection Anti-Shine Fluid is also decent. (I think they have Nuxe in Europe, right? I know it’s French…)


Saturday, November 27/2010 at 7:57 am

Yeah, found nuxe in my store. Finally a brand we have here! Sure it’s a primer though? Looks to be a moisturiser, would it be too much over my current moisturiser? (A dermoligica one)

Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, November 29/2010 at 7:05 pm

I would skip the moisturizer if your skin is on the oily side, you probably don’t need both. Just found a post about it that a friend of mine did on her now-defunct blog:

Monday, November 22/2010 at 4:34 pm

So it’s good to know I was on the right track for at least some of this. I’ve been using a primer for years, use a brush to apply (Quo from Shoppers Drug Mart = EXCELLENT), apply concealer after foundation (the other way around never made sense to me, either) …

So here’s my dilemma. I use powder foundation in the summer to help control shine, but in the other months I’m a liquid person. So now that the seasons have changed I’ve started to use my liquid again … and I think my skintone has changed. Bah?!? Anyway, I need to find a new colour.

The foundation I was using was Benefit’s Some Kinda Gorgeous, which is only avail in a few shades so I’m guessing I need to switch manufacturers to find the right shade. Now that I know how to do it that’s great … but I was hoping to switch to a drugstore brand and testing isn’t always possible. I DID get a great sample from Estee Lauder a few weeks ago, so I’m hoping that if I go in armed with a great colour already maybe I can find the right product. I wouldn’t mind using the Estee Lauder one, but I’m afraid of what the pricetag will be — Eek!! Are the higher end foundations really worth the expense?? I know you’ve been gaga about Armani lately, but that’s way too much for me to be spending, even if it IS a miracle worker :)

Also, if I can actually test out a foundation in-store before I buy it, what kind of light do I wanna test it in? I ask because I could have sworn I was using the right shade … up until a few weeks ago when I was applying in a different light than normal and looked like an orangutan.

Foundation is such a pain sometimes I wonder if it’s even worth the hassle. When you find the one that works, absolutely! When you’re still struggling to find the right one, it’s such a pain. All the time and money spent … ugh!!


Tuesday, November 23/2010 at 12:01 pm

Gimped, natural light (outside) is the best light to look at shades in. I usually will mix two foundations/shades of tinted moisturizer or whatever for in between seasons….actually, even a day outside during the winter if the sun is out will make my face slightly darker.

And yes, the GA foundation really is /that/ good. I don’t use it often, though…just for a night or or when I know pictures will be take (not that it happens much haha).


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, November 23/2010 at 1:26 pm

Hey Gimped – Skybluesky is exactly right, you want to test the colours in natural light (outdoors or by a window) because it’s the least forgiving. If you look good in natural light then you’re going to look good in every other situation too!

It’s also a great idea to have 2 foundation shades in your “wardrobe”… once you find a texture/finish that you’re happy with. Then you can wear the darker one in the summer when you have a bit of a tan, and either mix it or switch completely to the lighter one in the winter. You can also mix it with your regular moisturizer and voila – instant tinted moisturizer.

As for foundations – I do think they’re one makeup item that is worth splurging on, just because it can be so difficult to find the perfect shade/texture/etc.

However, absolutely there are good ones at the drugstore… I think two of the top cheapie foundation brands are Revlon (I quite like ColorStay) and Maybelline. Oh and I LOVE Physicians Formula’s organic foundation. Not a fan of the CoverGirl ones.

As for testing – see if you can ask one of the beauty advisors for help… once you narrow down a few shades/brands you think are a match, I would seriously put them on a few spots and then run outside (or near a window if they have one) with a mirror and see what it looks like. I know you’ll look a bit insane but it’s probably the only way to do it!


Wednesday, November 24/2010 at 4:08 pm

Thanks Skybluesky and Michelle

I stopped at Shoppers Drug Mart the other day to grab some vitamins and decided “what the hay” and spoke with the woman at the beauty counter about my foundation problems. She was VERY helpful, and understanding on my problem because she, too, is very fair. Yay, a fellow whitey!! Anyway, we tried out a few of the cheapie brands (Maybeline, L’Oreal) and landed on Quo. The woman said it compares to Lancome foundations that sell for $50+. I’ve never tried Lancome so I don’t have anything to compare it to, but so far I’m pretty happy with the Quo … AND it was on sale for $15! It’s waterproof, sweatproof, and has SPF in it. I’m going to keep using it for a week or so and see what happens. Hopefully no breakouts will occur :)

Here’s a lil’ shout-out to the woman at the The Kingsway Shoppers Drug Mart beauty counter. The BEST Shoppers consultant I’ve ever come across. Woot woot!!


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, November 24/2010 at 6:58 pm

Yay! So happy you were able to find someone to help—and $15, what a bargain. That’s, like, unheard of for foundation!

I don’t know that I’ve ever tried a Quo foundation… I think just lip + eye products… so would be interested to hear back on how you like it after you’ve had a chance to use for a little while.

PS. I didn’t know you were an Etobicoke girl – me too, that’s where I grew up. Woot woot indeed!


Friday, March 18/2011 at 9:14 am

Just to follow-up on Quo foundation …

I’ve been using it for a few months now and it’s pretty good! I was a little nervous when I read the pkg and it said waterproof/sweatproof (I pictured pore clogging and breakouts in my future) but alas all is well. Great coverage and a little goes a long way. It’s also quite buildable so if you find you need a bit more coverage in certain areas you can totally do that. I wasn’t really able to test out the waterproof/sweatproof claim, though, so I don’t know if that part is true.

All in all, I’m quite happy! I would definitely buy it again.

Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, March 24/2011 at 11:00 am

Yay! I love it when inexpensive products turn out to be amazing! Thanks for coming back and letting us know… now I won’t write off the Quo line completely. :-) I think they have great quality brushes as well, but tried one of their cream blushes the other day and I might as well have been applying air to my cheeks. No pigment at all.

Monday, November 22/2010 at 5:57 pm

Bare Minerals (and most mineral makeup) has talc in it, which is a big no-no according to my derm.

I loooove my beauty blender! I am still looking to invest in a good-quality foundation brush, though…thinking about the Armani brush for the LS foundation. As great as the BB is, it gives moderate coverage at most.

I learned from the Bobbi Brown website that you should choose your foundation shade based on your forehead and jaw/cheek area coloring. So that piece of advice makes sense.

Primers definitely help. I am still searching for my HG primer!

I love the MUFE HD powder…a tiny bit (I mean, tiny) goes a long way. Wearing a tinted powder, I think, adds to the cakey-ness that I think most people want to avoid.

Concealer definitely does not last if I put it on before foundation. It ends up being smeared around! After foundation is best.

I hope no one judges, but it was my birthday recently so I bought myself the Cle de Peau concealer. HG. Usually concealers come in a very limited color selection and CDP was no different…but their honey shade matched my skin perfectly. Expensive? Very. Worth it? Yes, because usually to hide my eye circles, I have to use a corrector and concealer (both Laura Mercier, and still very very good because it’s not cakey) but this does the job of both AND conceals the rest of my face. It allows me to go out with just concealer and blush and I still look fabulous.

By the way, if anyone is curious about Armani Luminous Silk, I say, go for it. It is the best foundation I have ever tried or used and I usually don’t like foundations.

Greaaat post!


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, November 23/2010 at 1:29 pm

Happy birthday Skybluesky! Great choice of present too! You are right about the Cle de Peau concealer…it is indeed excellent. I probably should bust it out again – the main reason I tend to use the Nvey Eco one more is because it’s organic and I felt like it would be kinder to blemishes :-)

What did your derm say about talc? It’s ironic that people go so crazy for Bare Minerals because they think it’s better for their skin!


Sunday, August 18/2013 at 1:25 am

Sheer Cover and Bare Minerals along with most mineral makeups do NOT have talc in them. Other types of powder foundation do often use talc, however.


Monday, November 22/2010 at 7:56 pm

I’ll probably rebel against the go with the darker shade of foundation. Dont get me wrong, I am all against the eagle look. But I find sometimes the foundation oxidizes and will go darker on its own. I have done it in the past, though, and if the foundation oxidizes too much, it looks like I have a dirt mask on my face. I like to match it to my skin perfectly. Obviously, I am a woman of color and I am not spoiled for many matches, so anything that comes close to my shade makes a worthwhile buy.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, November 23/2010 at 1:33 pm

Oh interesting – I have heard about that (oxidizing) but never experienced it personally. I hear that it has to do with acidic skin… not sure if this is true so will have to ask that question next time I talk to a makeup artist.

Have you ever tried a primer underneath your foundation? I wonder if that would create a barrier and prevent the problem.

And yes, it’s pretty crazy how lacking the choices are in foundation colours for darker skin tones. What brands have you had success with?


Tuesday, November 23/2010 at 3:28 pm

NARS Sheerglow has my perfect shade. MUFE is also very good with its shade selection. Surprisingly, I have found my shade in limited selection of shades of Dior, as well. I think most high-end brands are getting conscious about us as well. Besides the ones I mentioned, Laura Mercier and Chanel also have shades suitable for me.

The ones that have failed me are Estee Lauder, Shiseido, Clairns. Drugstore are always a no no.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, November 24/2010 at 7:00 pm

Thanks Shivani – this is great information for me to be aware of. Too bad the drugstore ones haven’t been any good. If I’m not mistaken, I believe CoverGirl is revamping their foundation line in 2011 and one of the things will be a greater shade selection, especially for women of colour. Something to maybe keep an eye out for. I’ll make a note to do a post on this if I can get more information on it.


makeup morsels
Monday, November 22/2010 at 10:10 pm

ooh nice post! You were definitely thorough lol. I don’t wear foundation, but I do use a translucent powder on my t-zone every day. I lovee EcoTools brushes, their angled liner brush and blush brush are my favorites.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, November 23/2010 at 1:34 pm

Thanks MM! Glad you agree re: EcoTools!


Wednesday, April 20/2011 at 11:38 pm

oOoMTn Very true! Makes a change to see smoneoe spell it out like that. :)


Tuesday, November 23/2010 at 7:19 am

such handy tips!!!

i’ve always put concealer under my foundation tho“` i guess i learnt most of my makeup application stuff from bobbi browns makeup manuals“` hahaha but i will surely try it over my foundation now`

thanks for the great post!


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, November 23/2010 at 1:35 pm

Does Bobbi Brown really advise that? Wow – I have a few of her books so will have to look that up!


Tuesday, November 23/2010 at 2:02 pm

I’m doing everything right…except for the finger application. I can’t stop!


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, November 24/2010 at 7:01 pm

I know, it’s just so much faster isn’t it? It’s going to be hard for me to break that habit!


Tuesday, November 23/2010 at 2:28 pm

Bobbi Brown does advise to put concealer on before foundation. Even the ladies at the counter at Holts told me to put it on before and not after foundation.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, November 24/2010 at 7:08 pm

Hmmm I just looked this up in one of my Bobbi books (Beauty Evolution) and as far as I can tell, she advises to put concealer around the eyes and THEN put foundation on the rest of your face (not on top of the eye area). Also, she specifically says to put foundation on before covering up a blemish with concealer.
So it sounds like we are on the same page… I hope :-)


Tuesday, November 23/2010 at 5:29 pm

I just discoverd your blog (well, it’s better late than never, right?) and I think it’s excellent and this is a great post.
I use a foundation brush (right now I like N0 7) and I oftern use a primer, if I use the powder- it’s usually MUFE HD. One celebrity MUA told me that some of best out there are Clinique and Chanel loose powders.
And I totally agree about concealer and foundation WHAT’S the point of using your concealer under the foundation?!
Marina x


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, November 24/2010 at 7:11 pm

Hi Marina! Do you mean Boots No 7 for the brush? I didn’t realize they made brushes… maybe not in Canada yet (you’re in the UK, right?)

My mom is a longtime user of the Clinique loose translucent powder (well, it has a bit of a tint). Good to know the MUA approves! I guess the biggest thing with that I just learned is to NOT put it on with a big brush… I’ve started blending with a smaller one and it’s so much easier not to deposit too much powder.

Glad you agree re: concealer!


Andrea Claire
Wednesday, November 24/2010 at 6:10 pm

Bang on!!
Good read; as always.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, November 24/2010 at 7:12 pm

Yay! I am so happy that you approve… I am sure you taught me a lot of this stuff that time you did my makeup years ago! :-)


Thursday, November 25/2010 at 8:24 am

Rookie here….this may be more of a skin question than a foundation one.
I find that no matter how much I exfoliate and moisturize I end up with the little flakies around my nose when I apply foundation or concealer…then it looks caked on (and seems impossible to fix without starting over). What am I doing wrong?

Just found your site and loooooove it!


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, November 29/2010 at 6:19 pm

Hi Lanny!
Ugh I hate the flakies – so annoying! Ok I have to ask, what are you using now (and what have you used in the past) to exfoliate/moisturize? The key to a perfect, smooth finish is really in eliminating those flakes before the makeup goes on… The only other things, makeup-wise, that I could suggest would be a primer with hydrating qualities (will help the skin to not get so dry – Olay makes a very good one – a combo primer/serum). And I would stay away from anything powdery as it will make the flakes drier and more noticeable.

But really – I think the key is finding out what’s causing them and then working on skincare first. So lemme know what you’re doing now and then I can try and make some suggestions! :-)


Friday, November 26/2010 at 3:06 pm

What a great post!

I’m excited about trying the concealer tip…ooops.

What would you recommend applying/blending concealer with?
Sponge? Concealer Brush?


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, November 29/2010 at 6:22 pm

Definitely a concealer brush. It makes such a difference! You can use the wide, flat side to blend in larger areas (under-eye circles for example). Then turn it on its side and use the finer edge part to do detail work, like blemishes.
I have the M.A.C one and love it!


Monday, November 29/2010 at 9:34 pm

Aaaah, I must say I have done most of these!

Although for me, I feel I need to apply liquid foundation all over my face, since I have mild rosacea..ugh..yep.
If I don’t, some areas will be pale and some will be red.
Yes, I’m suuuper pale, which also makes it hard to find light enough shades!
And ever since I converted to organic skincare and makeup products, guess what, it makes it even harder. haha
Living Nature liquid foundations are awesome, but sadly, their lightest shade is still too dark. :( Here’s to hoping they create a porcelain/pale/ivory shade in the future!


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, December 1/2010 at 8:19 pm

Ah I hear you – I’m suffering a rosacea-type thing (ok, dermatitis) right now and it totally SUX.
Do you find that organic products help your rosacea? What foundation are you using now?
So disappointed for you re: Living Nature’s shade selection. :-(


Thursday, December 16/2010 at 11:40 am

Great article!! Just one thing- I think that skin type is so important to consider here. My skin is extremely oily. If I were to use a liquid foundation, I would be an oil slick by noon, even with primer on. I always use mineral powders (not Bare Minerals though- pores do look bigger and bad ingredients list), but because of my skin type, I always look “dewy” anyway, and constantly get complimented on my “dewy” skin. I used to hate my oily skin and try to fight it, but it seems like it is working in my favour now!

I’m not trying to boast about my naturally oil-ridden face, because believe me, it comes with it’s share of downfalls, ie. adult acne, but I think that any beauty tips can be twisted to achieve the same result with different products, depending on skin type. I love the fact that you show many eco-products here! Excellent blog!!


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, December 23/2010 at 10:08 am

Glad the powders are working for you Lisa! Which mineral powder(s) do you find works for you? I would love to know because yeah… I’m not a Bare Minerals person. (Though I did just buy the Jane Iredale mineral foundation and pretty happy with it so far.)

Have you ever tried an oil-controlling primer underneath a liquid foundation? Just a thought – I find that really helps control the mid-day shininess. Shu Uemura’s Under Base is AMAZ.


Thursday, April 26/2012 at 6:54 pm

I agree with many of the points on this article, but I do have to side up with Lisa here. As a make-up artist, it’s absolutely important to take a client’s skin type and concerns into consideration. Liquid foundation isn’t always the solution, unless we are talking about make-up for events or HD television where coverage is everything. Some people, like myself and Lisa, do have an oilier skin-type that begs for a make-up that is more suited to it!

I was trained in bareMinerals, but I never cared for it. However, I’ve worked with the Jane Iredale ( mineral make-up line, and it was a miracle line for me. I use their pressed powder along with their finishing spray and have no concerns with looking powdery. On clients with drier or mature skin-types, they even have a liquid mineral foundation.

That being said, I would never completely write off a type of make-up (unless, of course, the ingredients are bad enough to be black-listed). Everyone’s needs and concerns are different!


Tuesday, December 28/2010 at 2:19 am

Re: #2 and Emily Blunt:

Recently I’ve been all about the daily sunscreen and i worry that this has caused my face to be a slightly lighter shade than the rest of me. I realize it would be best to also use it on my neck and chest, but honestly, I can’t be bothered to spend that much time putting on sunscreen everyday. It’s winter so I shouldn’t really have a tan anyway, but in recent pictures, my face does seem a bit lighter… I don’t like this.

My foundation is a perfect match for my skin, so I don’t know what the solution is! Any advice? I don’t want to go darker and have an off shade (I’ve had slightly darker shades in the past and I prefer the perfect match I’ve now found), especially since I’ve never been one to paint my entire face with foundation.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Saturday, January 1/2011 at 1:13 pm

Hmmm well I agree that you shouldn’t change your foundation shade if you’ve already found the perfect one – since you say you don’t tend to wear much of it, trying to “match” up your neck and face would require a pretty heavy application. (And sometimes necks are more sallow than faces so it the colour could look off anyway.)

I’m thinking bronzer might be your best friend to tie everything together. I think if you applied it along the hairline, under the cheekbones and then traced back down along your jaw it might give you a slightly more tanned look to match your neck. I like to apply it in a “3″ on each side (well one side would be a reverse 3) starting from the middle of the forehead, if that makes sense. Make sure the colour isn’t too dark – and I would go for a matte, not-too-sparkly version.

Let me know if that helps at all!


La La
Wednesday, January 12/2011 at 2:38 am

i just discovered this blog via coco and lowe and i am so happy to see this particular post…i have been having some serious foundation issues as of late…right now i’m using a laura mercier primer+mac matte+MUFE HD foundation+MUFE HD powder…and its not really working for me…i’m african canadian with medium brown skin (not nearly as dark as kelly rowland but not as light as say halle berry lol)…i have a more golden undertone to my skin as opposed to a red though…anyways i would love to try some of the foundations you mentioned but often my biggest problem is finding companies which carry shades dark enough…inevitably when i go shopping for makeup i’m told that MUFE and MAC are the only companies which carry a large enough spectrum for someone with dark skin which can be quite frustrating…also being dark skinned should i be going with foundations and concealers that are a shade lighter or a shade darker?…i would like something that provides a really long lasting, flawless look…i should mention that i do have combination sky (oily arond the t-zone, drier in the cheeks) and that being african-canadian there is a bit of a hyperpigmentation question which also adds to the dilemma…i apologize in advance for this long wordy post and i also apologize if this has already been covered somewhere in the blog and my technological ignorance has inhibited me from finding it…it’s just a bit difficult sometimes to get good makeup advice being a woman of colour so anything you could recommend would be greatly appreciated



Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, January 26/2011 at 8:09 pm

Hi! Sorry to be so late answering this question – I think you asked on another post as well if I am not mistaken? Anyway – just to reiterate – aim for as close a match as possible but if in doubt go one shade darker not lighter for both your foundation and concealer. It will definitely help camouflage the pigmentation better as well, whereas going a shade lighter will only emphasize it.

Re: makeup line for darker skin tones – have you seen Vasanti? It’s a Canadian line at Shoppers, I think it’s geared toward a wider range of ethnicities:

Otherwise yeah.. MAC and MUFE would be the pro lines that probably have the most options. As for tone – think warmer (not pinker). Sounds like what you have is too pink, yes? If you can’t find an exact shade what you might need to do is mix 2 colours together – ie. what you have already plus something more golden.

Great question though and I’m going to see if I can do a post specifically addressing this soon. thanks LL!


Wednesday, January 19/2011 at 1:38 pm

I also have darker Afro-Latin skin, and I have been using the Cle de Peau foundation in O30 and mixing it with their color control foundation in Bronze. The yellow in O30 matches my undertones to a T. I then set it with a tinted powder because it takes too much time to blend translucent powder on darker skin. Mixing foundations for me is worth it if I’m going to look good in the end. I have tried every other foundation recommended for darker complexions including Nars, MAC and MUFE but ended up breaking out as a result. I guess I should not use the Beauty Blender sponge anymore? I feel like either way, you’re going to waste product with a brush or sponge.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, January 26/2011 at 6:18 pm

You’re so smart! And correct – I think it’s so hard with the limited colour options for darker skin tones, so well done for mixing your own custom shade. I agree that it’s worth it.

Re: Beauty Blender… I have another reader that swears by it so it’s probably a matter of personal preference. Personally I find that I get a more sheer application with the foundation brush, and then after that I either use the BeautyBlender to add more coverage where I need it OR I use a clean BeautyBlender to dab away areas where I applied too much. So still a useful thing to have in your kit.


La La
Monday, January 31/2011 at 12:01 am

thanks so much for your reply michelle…i did ask it in another post only because this one is a bit older so i wasn’t too sure if you would be replying to it…anyways i’m so happy you’ll be doing a post specifically regarding this sometime soon…its much appreciated…i will be going make up shopping soon and hopefully i’ll find something to perfectly match my skin…i’ve really been wanting to try dior foundation and giorgio armani but apparently they don’t carry enough colours :(…i’ll let you know how my search goes!

thanks again xo


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, February 1/2011 at 11:00 pm

Please do! And keep the questions coming! :-)


Monday, January 31/2011 at 2:08 pm

I really wanted to pass this link onto the girls next to me in Starbucks who were going on about how stupid primer was because it just clogs your pores and adds another layer of “crap” to your face, making it cakey-er. They did not get the memo apparently!!


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, February 1/2011 at 11:02 pm

Funny! I mean, I do get the pore-clogging concern… that’s why I try not to wear primer every single day as I don’t think silicones are all that great for your skin. (I don’t wear foundation most days unless I’m going somewhere important.)

But the whole point of primer is to NOT make your makeup look cakey. Duh!


La La
Friday, February 4/2011 at 12:50 pm

soooooo i’m going to be in toronto next week getting my hurr done (woot woot!) and i was going to check out a make up line called Prescriptives…i read about it on another blog and i love that they will mix up your make up for you… so i will *fingers crossed* finally get the perfect shade…i’m just wondering if you know anything about the line or the quality?…i want some really really HIGH quality make up so i can feel confident that i’m getting my money’s worth…i understand they have it at holt’s? (i hope i’m correct on that) so i feel it probably won’t come cheap lol…but have you heard anything about it or tried it yourself?


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, February 11/2011 at 7:11 pm

I think Prescriptives is now only available online :-(
Sadly I never did get to experience a custom-blended shade, but I think you can still do it over the internet (although obviously that’s a bit more risky than having someone do it for you in person).

If you’re looking specifically for foundations, Giorgio Armani and FaceAtelier are excellent. Also see here for more reader recos:


Chelsea C
Tuesday, February 15/2011 at 9:28 pm

Regarding Nicole Kidman’s Powder, check out this Youtube video which shows the reason why Makeup Forever HD powder is not meant for FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY. I know because it happened to me! XO :)


Thursday, February 17/2011 at 11:56 am

Kinda scary that a prod that was apparently designed for such a task totally fails.

BTW, the dude is HAWT!!!


Chelsea C
Thursday, February 17/2011 at 3:47 pm

Yes he is! And he is good at what he does. You should watch his vids not only for the hottness but for the tips too. And that’s my story and I am sticking to it! : ~}


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, February 18/2011 at 5:25 pm

Okay, I just watched about 10 mins of video and already I love the guy. Apparently I have much to learn as he seems to be all about busting bad beauty advice! Going to be studying up now… just read that he doesn’t like blush on the apples of the cheeks and I need to find out WHY!


Tuesday, March 4/2014 at 6:48 pm

when you put blush on the apples of your cheek and then you smile your cheeks drop and you look old

Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, February 18/2011 at 5:14 pm

I think it’s designed for HD film not still photos… but yeah, still weird!


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, February 18/2011 at 5:12 pm

Oh my gosh – GREAT video. Thanks Chelsea for passing on this link! Now it finally makes sense why Nicole Kidman looked so wonky – she probably looked fine in real life. I just find it so strange that a powder specifically made for HD film doesn’t translate for flash photography, but I guess I don’t have enough of an understanding of how the pigments work, etc.

Anyway – good to know that we should steer clear if we’re being photographed! I noticed he also had a disclaimer at the very start of the video saying that this should not happen if you apply a very small amount, which is what I do. (So – no big fluffy brushes – I use fluffy shadow brush actually.) This is also a good idea because using too much of it makes your skin whitish and ashy anyway.

Thanks for bringing this up – have flagged for a future post topic!!


Chelsea C
Friday, February 18/2011 at 9:38 pm

You are welcome and again Thank You! Can I have an example of what type of fluffy shadow brush you use?


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, February 24/2011 at 5:50 pm

Ideally you want one that is domed – you can see the shape here:

When you apply, you want a teensy tiny amount (tap off all the excess) and try to press it in instead of wiping.


Thursday, February 17/2011 at 10:28 pm

Your tips don’t apply to everyone.

I use a foundation that’s slightly lighter instead of darker because my neck and chest are lighter than my face. So if I use a foundation that’s slightly darker, I’d be the inverse of Emily Blunt.

Also, I apply concealer before foundation because the foundation blend everything in better and looks more natural, as my concealer is slightly lighter than my foundation. It has good staying power and is long lasting, so applying my foundation over it doesn’t rub it off.

Also, I set my makeup with tinted powder because I find that ‘translucent’ powders actually make me look ashy and gives me a white-ish cast on my face. Tinted powder doesn’t do that. Plus, I prefer my face to be matte because I have oily skin and shiny skin isn’t my cup of tea.

And while I’m not a big fan of mineral foundation, some people do like it more than liquid foundation, so you can’t tell them that it’s a mistake to use it because the like the finish more and it works better with their skin.

So stop sounding so superior, please.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, February 18/2011 at 5:32 pm

Hey – nobody’s being superior but I do write deliberately provocative headlines to get people to read. And I guess it worked :-)

Regarding your face/neck matching issue – have you ever tried bronzer on your neck/chest? I’m just wary of going too light on the face as it’s very aging and flaw-magnifying… but I’ve flagged this to explore for a future post topic (going to ask a few MUAs about this). For what it’s worth, just did an in-depth magazine story on foundation and not one of the 3 MUAs I interviewed (all top ones in Canada/US) advocated lighter shades of foundation… the answer was always if in doubt, go a bit darker/warmer.

Regarding the translucent powders going white – yes, this is a problem if you apply too much. It’s verrrry important to only use a teeny tiny amount… like with an eyeshadow brush, never a big fluffy powder brush. I don’t like shiny skin either but too matte is aging… I think matte T-zone and glowy cheeks looks best.

Oh and if you’re happy with your mineral foundation, by all means use it! I’m just reporting on what the trend is right now. You can get liquid mineral makeup as well, by the way – one of the best is a brand called Living Nature, which I use sometimes and it works great.


Friday, February 18/2011 at 8:55 am

Geez, no one’s being superior! But it’s great that you’ve found what works for you.


La La
Sunday, February 27/2011 at 8:14 pm

just to report i have found my HG foundation
estee lauder double wear…luckily for me they have a shade called spice which matches me perfectly (however i still lament the lack of choice for women of colour who have a darker skin tone than i do)…it lasts alllllll day, and when i pair it with my clinique loose powder, i don’t even need to touch it up!…now all i need to find is my perfect highly pigmented black eyeliner (still fruitlessly searching for something which doesn’t slide so horribly or give me raccoon eyes when used in my waterlines)…and i will be super happy…i also took the plunge and bought a really beautiful lipstick from MAC called rebel (i’m def a lipgloss girl and again being a woman of colour some of the super bright lipsticks feel like they’re a bit much) but i’m loving this one…its this beautiful fuchsia/berry colour and i def think you would approve :)


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, March 16/2011 at 5:13 pm

Coolness! Thank you so much for coming back and letting us know.

Re: the eyeliner – what about Urban Decay? I’ve been using their black waterproof one and quite happy with it.

Just looked up M.A.C Rebel and I definitely approve!


Sunday, March 13/2011 at 2:45 pm

Until recently, I would always put my concealer on under my foundation, and when my foundation would wear off a little towards the end of the day, any blemishes I had tried to cover up would be showing. I tried it the right way recently, and it works so much better. haha


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, March 16/2011 at 5:15 pm

I know, right? I don’t know where that advice came from but I’ve heard it a lot and it just doesn’t make sense!


La La
Wednesday, March 30/2011 at 12:24 am

ummmmm urban decay 24/7 eyeliner= sheer AMAZINGNESSSSSSSS

you are awesome…thanks for the tip! :)…



Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, April 1/2011 at 11:22 am

Glad you like! Urban Decay vid coming soon…


Monday, April 25/2011 at 2:57 pm

I would have to agree with your rule about not suing tinted powders to set your foundation. FYI…they dont typically work for dark skinned ladies. I am a chocolate skinned MUA and i know from personal experiences that applying “translucent” powder makes my skin look ashy with a greyish/green tint. Not cute. For white girls, its absolutely perfect, but not for us.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, May 1/2011 at 5:13 pm

Good point, thank you – I do remember M.A.C’s Gordon Espinet telling me that the colourless powders (eg MUFE HD powder) are fantastic with the exception of women with very dark skin.


Thursday, May 5/2011 at 8:22 pm

I tend to pick a lighter shade of foundation when in doubt for a couple reasons:
- My neck and chest get less sunlight than my face, so I look mismatched if I wear a foundation that exactly matches my face.
- It is easier to add a bit of bronzer on my face to warm it up afterwards than to add bronzer on chest/neck
- Most importantly, my skin is oily oily, and I have yet to find a foundation that does not darken as time goes by. I’ve tried primers, setting powder, blotting, and many types of foundation, and always the same. If I go slightly lighter to begin with, it ends up looking fine. Always best to ask for samples in my case, as it is impossible to judge if a shade will work for me without wearing it for a full day. Sigh.

Regarding powder, have you tried Marcelle’s translucent powder? It is such a life saver. Huge container, super deal, and works pretty good.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, May 23/2011 at 4:42 pm

I haven’t tried anything from Marcelle in ages, no – but will keep an eye out for that one! Am always on the lookout for a good translucent powder.


Tuesday, July 26/2011 at 10:11 am

Great post! I just wanted to say, I never wear foundation because I just can’t be bothered. Worn it once, though, and didn’t feel too good on my skin… I also wasn’t pleased with the way it looked, powdery and fake. And it was done by a makeup artist!
I heard that foundation is just not so good for the skin. Is that true? and anyway, doesn’t skin need some air?
Last question: have you heard of BB creams? I heard they’re good for the skin while also providing coverage. No experience with them yet, though.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, July 31/2011 at 11:07 am

Great questions! I’m with you – I don’t think foundation is 100% necessary if you have good skin… a lot of people can just get by with a bit of tinted moisturizer or primer or powder and concealer. I think it’s prettiest to let real skin show through. That said a lot of foundations do give a natural effect… the makeup artist you had probably used one that was too heavy/matte or just applied too much.

As for it being bad for the skin – well, it depends. I too like to let my skin “breathe” because it’s sensitive… for a lot of people the ingredients in foundation can clog pores etc. I also don’t like to have silicones on my face if I don’t have to. However foundations can also protect your skin from the environment – they’re not a substitute for SPF but they do give you a bit of a barrier from the elements.

I think it’s just a matter of finding the right foundation and using it sparingly – maybe not everyday but for special occasions when you want to have absolutely flawless skin, it’s handy. Some more suggestions are here:

I’m planning a post on BB Creams very soon! I just wrapped stories on them for FLARE and ELLE, and also test-drove MAC’s new one which is available online (ships to Canada). It’s pretty cool but there is a certain way to apply it for best results – NOT like you would a foundation. (They’re more to give the skin radiance and even tone – but not high coverage… so you probably still need concealer and maybe a touch of foundation or powder.) The shades are tricky also – I think a lot of the BB Creams from Asia can be problematic for Caucasian and African skin. I’m not sure how I feel about the supposed skin benefits… they’re probably nice to have but not a substitute for your regular skincare.


Ana P
Wednesday, August 17/2011 at 7:27 pm

Thank you so much for this article! Whoops! I’ve been doing things wrong….haha. I love LM mineral powder foundation, but sadly, you are very right. By days end, no so good in my air conditioned/heated office. BUT, all hail CoverFX anti acne primer! This is the ONLY primer I can use. I wrote off all primers because of the silicone (ugh, clogged pores) but this one actually does help my skin heal and makes my foundation look way better. For you not so oily girls like me, make sure you put a great moisturizer underneath! Love Suki moisturizers btw…


Ana P
Thursday, August 18/2011 at 12:28 pm

Oh, just to share. Another drugstore foundation find. Can’t believe it but – Sally Hansen’s Beauty by Carmindy’s- Your Skin makeup. If you can find your match, get it! It blends in soooo nicely, great coverage without looking like coverage and offers a *slight* glow, no obvious dewiness, just naturalness….


Jessica M
Monday, October 31/2011 at 5:16 am

I hate to tell people what foundation/blush/liner/shadow/bronzer to use! everyone has their own preference. Her body is not “dark”, this nitpicking is really horrible.
the woman posted looks PERFECTLY FINE! takeher photo around the globe and people will agree with me. Some people prefer to look pale/paler…look at dita von teese for instance, she stays clear from the sun to avoid darkening in an interview she told reporters that. Some people like to be darker and sun kissed with bronzer on top of that, its your personal preference. Its just jealousy that someone would point that out, who is anyone to tell someone theyre wearing a too light or too dark foundation, because there is no such thing. Nicole and Sam from pixiwoo(huge makeupartists in Britain) sometimes wear paler or darker foundation and it looks gorgeous! as long as people blend it to the neck its fine….some people prefer to look bright and radiant rather than dim and dark/dull. People who are already light can wear any foundation they want and not look ashen
if that’s “too light” than the rest of the world wears LIGHTER! her concealer/foundation isnt light enough if anything! stop hating, she looks fine!


Monday, October 31/2011 at 1:48 pm

I love how whenever someone criticizes someone there’s always someone saying “she’s just jealous.”


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 31/2011 at 1:51 pm

Haha, so true! :-)


Tuesday, December 20/2011 at 12:01 am

Actually it is jealousy.
A paper/assignment for a school is not like makeup.
For example. If I spelled “Horse” “Howrse” than there is no “ifs” “and” or “buts” because grammar isnt subjective. What is wrong is wrong!
However. Makeup is subjective. I hate nude lips and I also hate bronzer. Does that mean its right to say “dont wear nude lips” ? No.
I might not like it but someone else might. There is no rule to makeup. Thats the beauty of being a makeup artist. There are soo many different styles.
haters need to get off of it that what they say hold a grain of weight. I hate bronzer. But maybe there is someone who loves that deep bronzed look. I cant go to them and say “dont go soo deep in the bronzer” and say its “citicism”. Thats just being rude and tacky. Also, alot of times..haters wont attack you full force. They will give some bullcrap semi compliment and hit you. Oh your hair looks combed today, but that blonde is soo ugly. CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM!
All I know is, the people who like to “criticize” better be ready to get their feelings hurt. Trust. The world is not having it. Im sure someone can find a flaw in your makeup and have a field day with it! Jealous females have always been caddy towards other females.
Respect people. Have common courtesy. Understand the fact that what you like might not be someone’s taste! Not every girl in the world likes a freaken “neutral” look!
Should we not wear a sexy dramtic eye becuase some stupid person said not to? NO! everyone has their own makeup style. Look at Kat Von D, Amy Nicoletti,Kim Kardashian, Hiafa Wehbe,etc. They all have their own makeup styles. I wont read a blog and take its word as if its the divine words of God.
I agree with Jessica M all the way. Of course the minions will be upset when someone tells it how it is.


Tuesday, December 20/2011 at 2:44 am

This is actually hilarious. You can’t call someone out for being catty (note the spelling, this isn’t golf) and then call those who agree with the blog “minions.”

If you poked around on this blog at all, you would see there are plenty of dramatic eyes and other kinds of looks. You are not compelled to read this blog. It’s written in the opinions of the writers and the people with whom they consult, so you are allowed to disagree. Plenty of people in the comments before yours have stated their differing opinions on the post without getting in such a huff. Maybe you need to find a blog that caters more to your own tastes and opinions.

Michelle – I don’t mean to fight this battle for you, but I subscribed to comments for this ages ago and got an update and couldn’t help myself!

PS As you pointed out, grammar isn’t subjective. Maybe you need to do a little proofreading before posting?
PPS I’m not criticizing your grammar because I’m jealous, let me just make that clear.


Tuesday, December 20/2011 at 4:22 am

Michelle is giving tips that are industry standard. Oh, and I’m not going to listen to someone who thinks Kat Von d and Kim kardashian are style role models.


Jane Stevens
Saturday, December 24/2011 at 10:23 am

I must say, this is really useful , great article!
You have right on every single point . And, about the discussion, I am guilty for occasionally forgetting to apply primer.

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Wednesday, March 28/2012 at 9:41 am

I’ve read the “concealer after your foundation” bit before – but I have REALLY dark circles and a pale face. If I put it all on after the foundation, it stands out too much. If I put the corrector/then foundation/then a dab of concealer, I’m good to go!


Thursday, April 5/2012 at 8:52 am

Those are some awesome tips!
But in my experience, sponges take more product and distribute less, like you said. However, with a sponge (or your fingers) you are actually pushing or shoving this foundation into your pores, causing acne or very large looking pores. If you clean your brushes on a weekly basis, you avoid these issues completely! Also, I was in Sephora a while ago and one of the workers recommended me some makeup wipes. Basically, you collect your brushes one day of the week (before wash) and you wipe a huuuuge amount of gunk off/out of your makeup brushes! How nifty!
Anyways, like I said- great tips and tricks!


Wednesday, May 2/2012 at 9:51 am

That’s actually a great idea! I never thought to use the wipes for my brushes! Thank you, I will try this in between washes!


Wednesday, April 18/2012 at 9:53 am

So I’m not supposed to put foundation on every square inch of my face. Fantastic. But if I’m using a shine-controlling primer, do I put that on my entire face? Or just where I am going to use foundation? I don’t want to look patchy one way or the other!
Oh, and P.S. I had NO idea, in my entire life, that a brush was to be used to apply liquid foundation!!


Wednesday, May 2/2012 at 9:49 am

I am guilty of most of the above. I do use primer, and translucent powder, but I also use tinted powder (sorry, I hate the dewy look!), esp. since I get shiny at times (this Caribbean whether ain’t easy to deal with, lol). Thank you so much for this post and I will share this on my Beauty page on FB (^_^)


Maryjane Krause
Thursday, July 12/2012 at 7:00 pm

I like all the Tips except, putting the concealer on over foundation. Worst idea ever for me, doing that made my break out stand out even more. Concealor under foundation is best for hiding acne guaranteed.


Monday, September 10/2012 at 10:29 am

A lot of your info is wrong. Kidman looks like that because of the particular powder she was wearin reacting to the flash in the cameras. Also, mouse formations like maybellines are kicking the butt off liquid foundations in the natural look dept. and you have to apply mousses with finges I’m afraid! Also, just applying foundation to certain areas….really?? I could go on…Oh and it’s ‘offence’


Wednesday, October 10/2012 at 12:34 am

It’s actually ‘offense’. You’re possibly from another country though


Monday, September 10/2012 at 6:24 pm

I want to know where I can get organic make-up from, like what stores would be good to buy them at ?


Friday, September 21/2012 at 2:29 pm

I am 18 and have very oily,red and spotty skin. I use Elizabeth arden (perfect biege) however when i apply my foundation it doesn’t seem to go on very well and looks caked on even when i used the littlest amount of foundation. Also when i go out in the day light my face looks all shiny and is worse when the sun shines on it. I just wana know what foundation is best for oily skin and how i best stop my skin from looking so cakey and shiny where it looks so un-natural. Also what powder would match the colour of my foundation?


Wednesday, October 3/2012 at 8:26 pm

I disagree with these tips. Everyone has different skin types and some methods are better than others. Your method may be great for you, but I’ve seen movie star results by the opposite of what you’re telling people not to do/use. I never comment on these things, but I felt strongly enough to say that these tips are not for everyone, and some would not work on some skin types.


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Friday, October 5/2012 at 2:36 am

I just want to ask someone, if you can’t buy translusant powder, would it be possible to mix some baby powder or talcum powder in with mineral powder to get a paler look? or will it just look cakey and flakey(lol) Cause my mineral powder which is in the colour of beige(it’s kinda light) which is by the brand Natio) is a lil too dark for my liking and i am donning a vampire look for my sisters halloween party and i don’t want to buy fake white make-up at costume stores, i want it to look natural so i can wear it everyday,,,Help??? my mum wont let me buy other powder than the one i have got because she can’t be bothered or we are on a tight buget(lol) :) thanks xx


Wednesday, October 10/2012 at 12:33 am

I just have to add that I cannot believe you recommended Mary Kay foundation…. That stuff is horrible. It makes my dry skin look oily, and breaks me out. No other foundation has ever had that effect on my face. Horrible. Also I can’t believe you advised going darker with foundation rather than lighter. I’d rather go lighter by far, you don’t want an orange face….. One more thing, I do put my concealer on under my foundation because it doesn’t blend in otherwise. It does actually work that way.


Monday, October 22/2012 at 12:16 pm

I have been doing everything wrong! I use a mousse foundation that only works when it’s new. I never had anyone to teach me how to properly apply makeup so I kind of just mess with my face until I’m satisfied. I also feel like a big thing that’s stopping me is my budget. I would love to splurge on the best makeup products out there but my budget just won’t allow it. Do you have any tips for those of us who are penny pinching but don’t want to look it?


Friday, October 26/2012 at 7:58 pm

I have fair skin and i have like pink or redness like on my cheeks i don`t believe it is roseasia and my nose is kinda flakey maybe cuz i have a cold what should i use to cover it up and what skincare / makeup should i use?


Wednesday, November 7/2012 at 4:26 pm

#5 is ridiculous. What if you’ve got dark spots or freckles all over your face? If you cover up one spot of your face with foundation, then you’re only covering up part of your freckles, while the rest show. Pretty silly.


Wednesday, November 14/2012 at 4:10 am

I COMPLETELY disagree on powder foundations. Well mostly mineral foundations. I have been wearing mineral powder foundation for almost 12 years. It all depends on how you apply it and make sure you have well moisturised skin (exfoliate if you need it). Bare Minerals is crap. You need to pay attention to ingredients, even with mineral makeup. There are minerals that can irritate skin. I use foundation from Ocean Mist Cosmetics. You can also mix mineral foundation with skin oils like jojoba oil to make it into a liquid.


Monday, December 3/2012 at 10:56 am

Actually it is recommended by dermatologist! It’s an amazing make up, you should give it a second try! It’s only the original that may tend to irritate, it’s just how the mineral moves on your face.


Saturday, November 17/2012 at 6:02 pm

5. You’re applying foundation All. Over. Your. Face.

Disagree. If you apply foundation in patches, sometimes this can show up in photos weird. Especially if the foundation is matte or has light-absorbing qualities. This is why that photo of Nicole Kidman looks funny. She probably looked normal in real life, but the photo flash reflected off of the particles of powder that were not well-blended. I highly doubt she went to this event without looking in a mirror, so it’s likely the flaw was not visible to the naked eye.

6. You put your concealer on under, not over, your foundation. Disagree here too. Those with serious acne like myself need to layer the coverage both under and over the foundation. I use a green correction cover up under my foundation and a skin-colored one over it. If your cover up is dense, thick and waxy as it should be, it will hold up under your creamy/powdery foundation and provide better coverage because of the layering effect. Not rocket science.


Saturday, November 17/2012 at 6:04 pm

Emily Blunt may be using a stronger sunblock on her face than on her neck/shoulders and this may be why her face is lighter! Anyone concerned with anti-aging or skin care would do the same. She might correct this by using a bronzer, but seriously, she looks fine!


Wednesday, November 21/2012 at 1:41 pm

Great tips! Iagree with everything except number 7. That’s a myth. If you put translucent powder on a darker skin tone it gives it an ashy look. Translucent powders DO NOT work on everyone. I would instead recommend a tinted powder then spray with a setting mist. This sets your makeup effectively but the mist allows you to get rid of the cakey look.


sue ebarb
Saturday, November 24/2012 at 11:14 pm

i love these tips.


Monday, November 26/2012 at 11:58 pm

Hold on….number 6…
The title reads: 6. You put your concealer on under, not over, your foundation.

Then at the end you proceed to emphasize in bold: So remember: foundation first, then concealer.

So which is it?


Wednesday, January 2/2013 at 6:57 pm

The title is spelling out the myth, or what NOT to do. Hence why it is said opposite what she says later. Cheers.


Nicole Delchambre
Wednesday, November 28/2012 at 1:47 am

Instead of a translucent powder, I use cornstarch to set my makeup and keep my oily-ness from breaking through. It helps that I’m pale, but I’ve never had issues with it looking ghostly! Cheap, and effective.


Friday, November 30/2012 at 3:07 pm

Good article, but let’s learn to spell… “WRONG”


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, November 30/2012 at 3:45 pm

Let me guess… you must be British.


Wednesday, January 23/2013 at 9:46 pm

I THINK she was implying most of the information in this post is wrong.


Saturday, December 1/2012 at 12:22 pm

I am guilty of not using a brush and putting my concealer under my foundation. I did recently switch to a liquid foundation (Perricone MD) and I actually love it! I use a primer but only around my eyes. I will try these tips out today! Thanks~


Monday, December 3/2012 at 10:52 am

I disagree with 1, as a former client of bareMinerals and now a a make up artist for them I have to say it is the HEALTHIEST foundation for your skin. You might say to ditch it to get the “in” look but we do have a natural and dewy finish make up. If you think sacrificing the health of your skin is more important, by all means, but this make up will keep you looking 10 years younger, wrinkle free, and naturally beautiful! It’s recommended by dermatologist by the way. I doubt any other cosmetic lines can say that!


Imari Queen
Monday, December 3/2012 at 4:37 pm

The image of Nicole Kidman is caused by the Make Up Forever (MUFE) HD Translucent Powder. The application is not the problem. The MUFE powder is formulated for HD video cameras and creates a gorgeous finish in closeup. Sadly the flash of the still cameras reflects on the powder creating a ghost face effect. I had the same problem and switched to Ben Nye translucent powder. For the dew face look I skip the powder and instead use Ben Nye’s Final Seal. My makeup lasts all day even under hot set lights.


Monday, December 3/2012 at 5:51 pm

Do any of these apply to teenagers? I’m 15, and I wear foundation and I also use a cover-up stick sort of thing because I have acne, and it’s honestly pretty embarrassing. I have oilyish skin, but I think it is more of a combination skin type because only my T-zone gets really oily. Any suggestions?


Wednesday, January 2/2013 at 7:00 pm

I’ve heard that for teenagers, powder foundation can be better. You don’t have wrinkles yet to worry about. :) I started off with powder, then went to a cream-to-powder finish that I LOVED. Now that I’m in my 20s I still use powder some days. My suggestion – buy some cheap stuff and play around with textures til you find what works best for you! Good luck!


Saturday, December 8/2012 at 12:18 am

That picture of Nicole Kidman, wasn’t supposed to be a mess up. Her makeup artist used MAC HD PRO setting powder. And as we all know an HD translates well into live film… not so great on still images however. IF you would like to see the kind of powders not to buy for taking pictures, look up gossmakeupartist on youtube! He’s fabulous!


Saturday, December 8/2012 at 12:47 am

Yes I’m guilty, but liquid foundations do not stay on. I have such an oily face that by noon, it’s all soaked into my face. Bare Minerals actually stays on my face and I don’t have to touch anything up other than the darkness under my eyes. I have never found a liquid foundation that works for me. However, your other tips are great. Thanks!


Sunday, December 9/2012 at 10:50 pm

Powder foundations aren’t the best for those of us with dry skin for the reasons that were mentioned in the article, plus the micro exfoliation that happens when you are applying it. But, of you do use it and love it, you can still keep doing so and still achieve that “real skin” dewy look. All you have to do is spray your face with a good setting spray after you have finished with the powder foundation.

In the picture with Nicole Kidman, her powder showing up in the photo has nothing to do with poor blending. That powder is a HD powder like Make Up Forever HD Finishing Powder, which can be really great, unless you are going to be taking pictures with flash. Then it shows up in the picture, but in real life, you would not be able to see her powder.

I don’t understand why you would want to test foundation someplace like around your nose where women often has some redness. Or under your eyes where the color is of skin is often darker than the rear of your face. I wouldn’t then want to use foundation colors that “disappear” there all over the rest of my face.

I think the best place is on your neck because your neck, whether it be lighter or darker than your face, is what you want to match your face color to. In regards to the photo example with Emily Blunt having her face not match her neck, well it would seem that that happens because her foundation was matched to her face, and not her neck.


Monday, December 10/2012 at 11:32 am

I honestly do not think that you have to wear a primer under foundation. it all depends on how well your skin holds the makeup. also, though i am a brush-user most of the time myself, applying foundation with fingertips (the right way) can give a beautifully natural finish to the skin. Lastly, Nicole Kidman was wearing HD translucent powder in that picture. HD powder tends to flash back in photos. I DO agree with the concealer thing though! It’s a waste to put it on under foundation.


Tuesday, December 11/2012 at 1:29 pm

Wow! I am 17 now and have been wearing makeup for 2 years and boy was I wrong… I always use my fingers.. And too much powder. An no primer. Wow! Thanks for the eye opening tips!!! Now I’ll look hotter than ever;D haha jaykayy;) :) thanks a lot! :))


Tuesday, December 11/2012 at 6:28 pm

this article is giving y’all all the wrong pointers! I disagree with 80% of it! For a rebuttle on this article and each of its 7 points check out this blog.


Wednesday, December 12/2012 at 7:23 pm

I would like you to consider this… Bare minerals has hurt the makeup industry because its so good for you. Cosmetic makeup that is not mineral based is not good for your face because it covers your skin keeping it from breathing reducing blood flow. I recently spoke with a make up artist from Ulta and and reminisce of how many times that foundation and primer has spilled on the floor in the store. She mentioned how hard it is to clean it up because it soaks into the ground. She said that it takes multiple moppings just to get the stain and color off of the floor. If retailer brand makeup would do that to a wax floor imagine what it is doing your skin. Bare Minerals and other mineral based makeup can be very good for your skin and I highly recommend that you try them out.


Friday, December 14/2012 at 11:49 am

Ok I have a question… I would love flawless skin and I use primers and liquid and set it with a piwder but I have a little problem while I was pregnant with my first son I had acne so so bad and it left scars not just red marks but actual holes in my face! Its awful so my question is is there anything you could suggest to maybe fill in those scars a little so my make up doesnt settle in them making them worse??


oily :p
Sunday, December 16/2012 at 11:36 am

What would you suggest for oily skin? I am African-American and Puerto Rican, and am currently living in Puerto Rico. I have always had problems with my very oily skin, and the humidity here doesn’t make it better. My Mom was never an expert with makeup, so I had to do a lot of guesswork. Finally I ended up at Mac cosmetics and it works pretty well, even though I am using their studio fix pressed powder which is a powder and foundation all in one, according to the product description and the woman who helped me find my shade. I wanted a more mate finish, being tired of my shiny skin, so she showed said product to me. I do use printer, and when I have time I use concealer on my problem areas only. But should I switch to a liquid foundation? I was worried about the finish because my skin is, as I said, very oily, and I thought the product would seep into my pores and fade out and not cover anything. It happened when I used some Cover Girl foundation, so I assumed it would happen with any product like that. Sorry for the long post


oily :p
Sunday, December 16/2012 at 11:38 am

Sorry, I meant matte finish and I use primer. Auto-correct on phones is horrifying


Madison Childress
Sunday, December 16/2012 at 5:32 pm

i use liquid foundation and use a sponge but i do put it all over my face. yeah my friend uses powder and you can see it outlines and if you look close you can see she has it everywhere crazy right well this is crazy i put on foundation under my eyes then talk a white eyeshadow and put it on the corner of my eye and under my eye and believe it or not it makes me look from just woke up to sunshine barbie doll lol maybe yall should try it it is amazing for me


Sunday, December 16/2012 at 10:40 pm

Kind of a misinformed post.

1. Just because a certain finish is “in” doesn’t mean everyone has to have it. I use powder foundation because liquid cakes on me. It takes at least twice as long to apply liquid to get it not to cake on me.

2. I check it against my neck. It matches most of my entire body’s undertone without making me look strange. Under my eyes are dark and would cause me to choose a foundation that’s several shades too dark. If I were to check it against the skin around my nose then I’d be choosing a foundation with pink undertones instead of the yellow undertones I have. Also I choose to go lighter as it’s more obvious, with my pale NC15 skin, when I go darker. So if I were to match the way this blog tells me to I’d be going dark and very pink on pale olive skin.

3. I do not use primer. Every primer I have tried does not work. It causes my foundation to cake and slide off. All silicone primers tend to break me out in cystic acne. Those that do not contain silicone do not work for me. Not one size fits all.

4. Applying foundation with *clean* fingers or a sponge works for some people. Once again everyone’s different. Depending on the foundation I switch between clean fingers and a flat top brush.

5. Yes. As I’ve stated above, it’s really hard to match a foundation with my skin tone. I still have not found one that’s even close (always too light, dark, yellow or pink). So of course I’ll apply my foundation all over. I’ll look weird if it’s just on certain areas.

6. Of course my concealer is under my foundation. I wear a powder foundation and the finish is flawless when done this way. It blends everything together. Not every concealer & foundation matches. You can do it both ways. It’s just that with a liquid foundation if you apply the foundation first you use less concealer.

7. Some women use drugstore powders to finish their make-up. Keep in mind some people just don’t like to spend much on make-up and others cannot afford it. I don’t know a single drugstore powder that is translucent. Most have some sort of tint to them. Which isn’t bad. I love my Maybelline Dream Matte Powder to finish a foundation (on the blue moon I wear liquid foundation). Because it keeps me matte all day and I don’t look like a ghost in pictures. Yes some people use a big fluffy brush. Which isn’t bad because it’s a light dusting which will cause the powder not to end up so cakey over the foundation. I don’t use a “big” fluffy brush but mine’s a fluffy powder brush. I tend to just dip it in the powder and brush over my entire face quickly.

I think you need to learn that not everyone’s the same and a lot of this is preference.


Wednesday, December 19/2012 at 11:22 pm

I recently went to Ulta and got a consultant’s opinion. She showed me the difference of both powder and matte foundation…namely WOW! flawless matte by Benefit. it is PERFECT. She also told me to use a concealer brush, and I chose the ecotools brand, and it is the BEST advice i’ve recieved. I apply it on my forehead, chin and jaw and then use ecotools blush brush to apply victoria’s secret translucent powder and blush to my cheeks. Everyone has told me my makeup looks amazing. Like I said, best. advice. ever.


Friday, December 21/2012 at 5:05 pm

I honestly think this is horrid. Some GREAT points ill keep in mind,but really justdo what works best for you.


Saturday, December 22/2012 at 11:47 pm

I’ve heard it’s better to use your fingers as opposed to a brush or sponge due to the temperature of your fingers which allows for smoother application


Monday, December 24/2012 at 2:06 am

i feel like this is really just based on one person. First havi.g a cake face is from putting on to much foundation. Second the nicole kidman thing is obviously just media trying to make her look bad. (there are many things about this blog that is false)


Monday, December 24/2012 at 9:18 pm

I’m too lazy to read all the other 150 comments but I’m a little confused, number one says not to use powder foundation (I use a liquid/matte foundation) but then number four says not to apply with your fingers or a sponge so…what is recommended for liquid/matte foundation application?


Friday, March 8/2013 at 1:28 am

It says apply with a brush.. But honestly everyone is different.. I like using a foundation brush for mine, but I have dark circles under my eyes so I use a lighter powder foundation just under my eyes and the liquid foundation allows the powder to stay.. And it works for me! Doesn’t look cakey or weird. I also apply foundation all over my face to prevent random blotches of makeup only on certain areas.. And again, works for me! I also use my neck to decide what shade to get because if you don’t match your face with your neck, you look like you’re twotoned.. These aren’t rules, they’re opinions. Makeup is about expressing yourself and feeling beautiful.. Whatever works for you will just have to work for everyone else:)


Sabrina Pustovit
Wednesday, December 26/2012 at 9:04 pm

I have made none of these mistakes! I am so proud of myself :)


Saturday, December 29/2012 at 2:40 am

Guilty on so many counts!! As a Bare Minerals user, I use the oil control primer and the matte foundations. I have been told by several consultants that, because I have sensitive, oily skin, I should stick with Bare Minerals. Even with the primer, the matte foundation, and sometimes a setting spray (Urban Decay), I feel like I lose coverage within a few hours. I’ll absolutely check out the primer you mentioned… Do you have any suggestions for hypoallergenic foundations with better coverage? (Not that it matters, but I have very fair skin that is not terribly even.) Loving the site. Thank you for all of the info!


Melissa M
Saturday, December 29/2012 at 12:23 pm

Wow, I’m guilty on so many accounts! As a (very fair… not that that matters) female with sensitive, oily skin, I have been told by several consultants that Bare Minerals is essentially my only option. I love that it’s hypoallergenic and virtually foolproof, but even with the oil control primer, matte foundation, and sometimes even (Urban Decay) setting spray, I feel like I lose coverage within a few hours. I want light to medium coverage to even out my skin tone without looking cakey. Is there any hope for me?! (I’ll definitely be trying out the primer you suggest…)


Sunday, December 30/2012 at 8:33 pm

I do every single one of those things right but my makeup still looks cakey, my makeup even looks cakey before I put on powder


Sunday, December 30/2012 at 9:28 pm

Do you recommend by creams, and do you still need a primer with them?


Thursday, January 3/2013 at 10:49 am

I refuse to take advise on ANYTHING from someone who will not spell.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, January 3/2013 at 11:10 am

Okay well if that makes sense to you then sure! :)
By the way “offense” is the American spelling while “offence” is British.


Neta Harris
Friday, January 18/2013 at 11:59 pm

Did you mean “advice”? or were you refusing to spell?


Sara Duncan
Saturday, January 19/2013 at 8:59 am

When complaining about somebody’s spelling, you may wish to check that yours is correct. Take advise?


Saturday, January 19/2013 at 1:51 pm

This entire thread makes me LOL. Yes, the OP is incorrect on two fronts: wrong use of advise/advice, and wrong correction of the word offense/offence.

I’ve always said that when trying to make someone look foolish by correcting the person’s grammar or spelling on the internet, most people fill their critique posts with errors, and wind up looking foolish themselves.

I was an English teacher before I became an MUA (ask the US economy why I changed professions), and I’m the last one to try and “fix” errors; I certainly would never insult someone for an error. In this case, an ill-perceived error, so the correction reflects poorly on the corrector. Karma? Perhaps. ;)


Thursday, January 3/2013 at 3:35 pm

Great recommendations !
I have to admit I’m guilty twice :)
I never used to use primer and I used BIG brush for powder (in my defence I do use translucent powder)


Emma Clark
Saturday, January 5/2013 at 10:44 am

I am SO glad that you mentioned the Mary Kay foundations! I am a recent convert from Bare Minerals AND it is the first liquid foundation that I have ever used that I can honestly say works FOR my skin instead of against it. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Also, Mary Kay makes every single one of the products mentioned in this article. I also LOVE their foundation primer. And Mary Kay is a win win because you are supporting a local, independent beauty consultant (instead of a major corporate big-wig living in one of their 3 mansions) while still receiving a top-notch product. I’m all for it!

Great article, thanks again!


Sunday, January 6/2013 at 11:40 am

Awesome tips — thank you! Going out to buy a foundation brush today!


Sunday, January 6/2013 at 10:09 pm

The best foundation brushes are dense buffing brushes. I would suggest getting Urban Decay’s Optical Blurring brush–best I’ve had yet.

Tarte makes a nice brush that they market with the Amazonian Clay foundation. It’s OK, but very broad. UD’s is better.

I have also used the MAC 130 Duo Fiber brush in my profession, and it has a wonderful effect; it’s almost as good as the newer UD brush, and in some cases, it’s better. I use the 130 for cream blushes, and sometimes cream foundations, with flawless results. The buffers are best for liquid foundations.

These brushes eliminate brush strokes such as those left by the older paint brush style of foundation brush. They are easy to use, and they do not absorb a lot of product. I’ve lost more product to the older foundation brushes than I ever have to the buffers. I do not believe we were using these buffers in 2010 when this blog was written. We used a MAC 109 on creams, and it shed a lot. Had that gorgeous finish, but lots of shedding. Urban Decay’s Optical Blurring is, by far, the finest foundation brush to be found.


Sunday, January 6/2013 at 6:46 pm

This is a good article, I actually disagree with a lot of it though. When I comes to the popular “dewy” look for a lot of people, especially those with oil skin (I am one of those people) a powder is a MUST. If I left the house without powder on top of my foundation the makeup would fall off my face! Another issue I had was with applying liquid foundation, applying foundation with fingers is much better than a streaky foundation brush most of the time. A sponge or synthetic stippling brush to me are the best! A primer however I agree is important as well as matching your foundation properly. Just giving my 2 cents I guess :)


Wednesday, January 9/2013 at 5:19 am

Great post am shocked am only guilty of one…. tesring foundation on jaw line… can I blame the ladies at the beauty counters for this ;-)
Just wondering if you have any tips for acne scarred skin my lower cheeks are really bad and just can’t seem to find anything to cover them well enough…. ive tried the ripping sponge in half and using a creme foundation like Maqpro fard creme but doewnt work. Am getting married in April and dreading the photos :-( any help would be awesome! x


Friday, January 18/2013 at 12:51 am

That’s what cooncealer and color correctors are for. They help to neutalize or cover redness, spots etc. YouTube it ;)


Wednesday, January 9/2013 at 9:46 pm

I had to read #6 a couple times…the title says “put your concealer on under, not over, your foundation” but then it reads to put foundation on first. Which is it? I have always put my concealer on first then my foundation.


Thursday, January 10/2013 at 4:04 pm

w00p! Made me look!

The title is the “mistake” and the body of information is the “correct” method. In other words, when she tells us we put our concealer under, not over, our foundation, she is describing the error. When she says toward the bottom that the concealer goes over the foundation, this is what she is advising as the “correct” method.

As an MUA, I have to confess that this is only correct part of the time. What matters most is what type of products you are using, and your application method. For example, I am frequently asked to use airbrush foundation, particularly by my brides. With the airbrush, I have to put concealer on first, or I destroy the finish of the makeup. Also, if you favor a very light, maybe even watery foundation (Estee Lauder’s Invisible Fluid, or Double Wear Light; any Dior foundation), but you may be using a very solid cream foundation that has to be brushed on, and it can be very stiff on the brush and hard to blend, then yes–put that concealer under the foundation! If you use a liquid concealer and an average density foundation, then absolutely put it on top of the foundation. This is the case in which the author suggests you will just blend away the concealer if you put it on first. You will.

Just be aware of how your products interact with one another, and you should be fine! ;)


Friday, January 11/2013 at 2:38 am

ha! great. um so im currently using the “superstay 24 hour liquid foundation” and no matter how little or how much i use looks cakey! mostly my chin and in between my eye brows. i dont know what to do…and in fact i have to use foundation ALL over my face because i have redness on my face. you know how to match your face color to the rest of your body?


Brooke Maughan
Friday, January 11/2013 at 11:29 am

I have a question : what if you are contouring and need to use a bronzes power .?


Wednesday, January 16/2013 at 11:34 am

I’m guilty of 1. Not using primer (I do sometimes, but not on a regular basis) and 2. Not using a brush. For whatever reason, I really don’t like the idea of foundation brushes, I much prefer to use a sponge! It just requires a little extra blending sometimes when it gets a liiiittle too cakey. Thankfully, I swore off powder foundation long ago!


Saturday, January 19/2013 at 2:21 am

Get your sponge wet! You’ll love the results even better :)

Beauty Blenders are pricey, but worth it (don’t get a knock off). In the beauty community, I’ve heard them called “the bouncy ball” because you get it wet, then apply a drop of foundation to the fat end and bounce it all over your face. The results? Airbrush effect. I can attest to that, since I’m an airbrush artist!

But if you prefer the white triangles or rounds, still get them wet and apply with that. Bounce, even. Try not to sweep with the sponge unless necessary. I promise you’ll love the finish you get. Wet sponges are a professional MUA trick; we’ve been doing it for ages. ;)


Thursday, March 7/2013 at 1:10 am

But does using the beauty blender provide full coverage?

I am thinking of buying one and its a bit pricey which i dont mind at all, i just want to be sure i’m making a worthwhile purchase. and I use pricey make up so I would hate to be wasting my expensive foundation…

What is your views on beauty blenders and its effects on foundation coverage?


Wednesday, January 16/2013 at 7:32 pm

But to be honest I always hace troubles getting the right foundation, my skin is olive, but I have dark spots in my face including my nose, and I need to cover them, can you tell me with brand and color you think I can use, I tried with make up people in Macys and MAC but they always give me the wrong advise. Thank you if you have some time to help me.


Hope Hills
Wednesday, January 16/2013 at 10:00 pm

Great tips!! Over the years, through trial & error & my own foundation mishaps, I have learned these very tips. It is so refreshing though to read that I am on the right track. Again, great blog!


Wednesday, January 16/2013 at 11:15 pm

Um….perhaps some or many of these tips work for a wide range of people, but you have to remember that makeup is not science or whatnot. The point is to look beautiful, and if someone achieves that by using, for example, a really incredible tinted powder, or by putting foundation all over their face-how can you call that wrong? There isn’t just one way to do makeup! What makes you so sure that your methods are definitely the “right” ones?


Friday, January 18/2013 at 12:39 am

There’s no “incorrect” way of applying makeup. Many people have their own technique and ways of doing makeup. Liquid foundations aren’t for everyone. And most people who use liquid set it with powder. So how are powders unacceptable? I’m someone who used and loved mineral foundations. I got great coverage and a flawless finish. People didnt even know I had foundation on. Anyway I guess everyone have their own preference. Liquids don’t work well for my skin.


Saturday, January 19/2013 at 2:12 am

Oh God, don’t make me agree with the author since I find most of this blog incorrect or, at the very least, two narrow, but powders and (especially) powder foundations are a poor choice for most women over age 20 since we start to develop tiny, almost microscopic, fine lines on our face with each passing year. Every time you smile, the collagen breaks down where your skin is bunching up on your cheeks, and particularly around the eyes. The result? You cannot see these lines with bare skin or a powderless set, but when the powders hit your skin, the seek out these fine lines like heat seeking missiles, and before you know it, you look like The Mummy whenever you go into the sun. It’s something that doesn’t show up much indoors, but natural light brings it out. Some powders are worse than others. Typically, mineral powder foundations are the worst.

I am not “anti-powder” though; I do recommend using it sparingly, and only the most finely milled. Also, thanks to modern cosmetics science, many liquid foundations are self-setting and do not need powder. I love Naked Skin as well as a few more high end but light weight foundations, none of which need powder. I love a good cream foundation, but very few are cream-to-powder (Inglot has one; MAC has Studio Tech), but some have a learning curve.

HTH ~ Take care.


Sunday, January 20/2013 at 11:42 am

Wow, thanks that was pretty helpful. But one thing definitely doesn’t work for me. I used to apply my foundation with a BRUSH, but apparently the shade turned out to be so much darker than it actually was. So I gave up on doing so. Applying with your fingers gives you a much more natural look, trust me.

At first I thought that Nicole Kidman pic was a joke or something.. God :(


Monday, January 21/2013 at 12:19 pm

I’m sorry, but this is a cunty article. I use Bare Minerals and frequently get compliments on how vibrant and healthy my skin looks. What about looking at each face on a case-by-case basis rather than taking a one size fits all approach?


Saturday, January 26/2013 at 1:54 pm

Jazzy P – really? C*nty? Have some class.


Thursday, February 7/2013 at 9:24 pm

I would assume you also have no acne or wrinkles, because just as she said in the article it gets cakey and gross around those areas. And also as she said DEWY IS IN! You may manage to make Bare minerals look alright, but that doesn’t change the fact that you are getting a little behind on what is popular right now. By the way, C*nty? Seriously? Grow why don’t you!


Saturday, February 9/2013 at 3:19 pm

Who cares what’s “popular”? It’s about what fits for each person. I hate reading about the “rights” and “wrongs” of makeup. It’s nearly impossible to generalize for every makeup wearing women. For me personally, I have oily skin so I could care less about the “popular” dewy look. I’ll stick with my finishing powder and Beauty Blender, thanks.


Tuesday, January 22/2013 at 8:52 pm

So, I may be making a huge mistake because after putting on foundation I use bare minerals concealer under my eyes as I have naturally vicious under eye circles. I love the dewy look but if I don’t set it with something powdery it also seems to never dry….arg….


Wednesday, January 23/2013 at 2:53 am

Dear Eve,

You’re not doing anything wrong. If you do not see any significant change of color from the under-eye area and the cheeks, and you are not noticing any enhanced wrinkles or crepiness in the under-eye area when in the sun, then keep doing what works for you.



Wednesday, January 23/2013 at 9:20 am

Very insightful article, I’m shamed to say that I commit at least 4 of these “beauty crimes” everyday, but now that I know, I hope I’ll be a better makeup-applier :)


Wednesday, January 23/2013 at 2:05 pm

I agreed with 2 out of 7. But as far as the liquid foundation it really depends on the type of skin you have. I have oily skin and when I use liquid my face has that awful oily shine. So Mac studio fix which is a powder works best for my skin. My mother has dry skin so she has to use liquid foundation! So it really depends on your skin type!


Thursday, December 12/2013 at 8:12 am

Well said


Wednesday, January 23/2013 at 10:29 pm

Is it bad to wear a powder that starts out as a liquid but turns to a powder without wearing foundation or concealer?


Thursday, January 24/2013 at 4:06 pm

I’m pretty certain these beauty absolutes are not for everyone. Really, you write as though you’re teaching valuable lessons, making people think they’re making huge mistakes, when these “beauty crimes” may just work for them.


Sunday, February 10/2013 at 10:56 pm

Agreed. No need to make people feel bad for doing what’s easy or what works for them. It’s not a “crime” to do any of these things. The more I read these sorts of articles, the more high maintenance I notice I’ve become. I’m sure the trade-off of spending more time to look good is more people loving you for what you’re not.


Saturday, January 26/2013 at 11:39 am

Umm, excuse me, but #6 does NOT work when it comes to green concealers.


Isabella B.
Saturday, January 26/2013 at 9:57 pm

I agree with some of the things this article mentioned. But you don’t need a liquid foundation; it despends on your skin. I use Mac tinted moisturizer and I love it, and I set the foundation with a matte powder so it’s not cakey and doesn’t make a mess like regular powders do.


meji pea
Monday, January 28/2013 at 11:51 am

I was doing it all wrong! Ha fixed all my mistakes and by far my make up is NOW ON POINT


Monday, January 28/2013 at 3:20 pm

I was doing so much wrong. I have never really known or been told how to do it. Thanks so much. When I have the money, I will invest in your suggestions.


Christina Andrews
Wednesday, January 30/2013 at 11:38 am

Uhm….no. You’re writing as if everyone has the exact same skin and if you do any of these things it’s terrible and horrific and you’re stupid and no one knows how to apply foundation besides you. Some of these may work for people! I personally use tinted powder to set my foundation and it never gets cakey at all. So you really should realize that it all depends on your skin type.


Friday, February 1/2013 at 7:09 am

I have learned so much.. Thank you. I spent so much money on different types of make up at Sephora, bare minerals store, Mayc’s but I quess trying to get that simple look but/ not cakey. I am getting rid of half of make up – thanks !! You are a life saver


Monday, February 4/2013 at 12:16 pm

The writer of this article is super condescending. I think everyone should do w.e works for them. And don’t diss bare minerals……


Monday, February 4/2013 at 10:18 pm

Okay so I’ve been having trouble with my concealer… If I don’t use a powder after I look greasy or like pasty. And my concealer or something idk is causing me to have lines like down from my nose to my mouth (like when u smile it does it) but my make up causes this? Any advice??? ): I really need help. And I can’t like stop using make up there cuz I have a red dot that will not go away (had it since little) )::: it sucks! Also my make up doesn’t give me a flawless finish… It’s weird ): help!


Tuesday, February 19/2013 at 11:55 pm

Setting your concealer with powder is always a good idea. It will keep it more matte and longer-lasting. Your concealer might be a bit too thick/heavy coverage and setting into fine lines. I would suggest trying a different concealer for those areas, probably one that is less heavy and ideally in a “pen” form as those tend to have less coverage. Good luck!


Julia Whitney
Wednesday, February 6/2013 at 9:02 am

I am glad to say I do these things and I am a self taught makeup artist, but I will say that NOT everything in this article is FOR EVERYONE. As others have said, the skin is really the deciding factor in what foundation is best for what person, you are right about translucent powder tho, I’ve always been a user. Informative article tho, I can see how not everyone would know these things..


Wednesday, February 6/2013 at 2:40 pm

Like everyone else has said before me, it really depends of your skin type when it comes to picking a liquid or powder foundation. I have breakout prone skin, liquid foundation seems to give me more severe breakouts then what powder does. I’m currently using Physicians Formula concealer, correcting powder and mineral wear and blush and I love them all! I would recommend them to anyone who has sensitive/blemished skin like me!


Friday, February 8/2013 at 1:16 am

Very helpful I am doing many things wrong, thanks for the help! I kept thinking I had the craziest skin when my makeup would only last a good hour before getting runny and drying my face out. Time to buy a primer.


Jasmine L.
Friday, February 8/2013 at 8:40 pm

The only thing that I’m guilty of is applying foundation with my fingers. I’ve been doing it since I started wearing makeup!


Sunday, February 10/2013 at 2:51 am

I agree about #1. I sell MaryKay myself and many people don’t know that you can get liquid foundation for different skin types so you can get that “dewy” look without looking oily.
Another tip: apply foundation in a downward motion! That way the hairs on your face lie flat and don’t make it look like you have a fuzzy face.


Wednesday, February 13/2013 at 1:07 am

I was just wondering what makes you qualified to being giving this kind of advice. I mean how can anyone say their way is the right way? The way this was written just makes you sound more rude than knowledgeable. Maybe you do have experience, but since everyone is different some of your points are invalid and you just sound like a know-it-all.


jackie thomas
Wednesday, February 13/2013 at 11:29 am

I recently purchased bare minerals. The magic powder that was suppose to be such a wonderful product. Makes my skin look even more orange peel than it did before. But I dont sweat it off in this humitity and my oily skin. HELP ME!!!!

I have super white skin…well its more pink than white. Can you stand at the counter and paint makeup all over your face opening each bottle of foundation?? I am 33 chunky momma with orange peel skin. Natural is the look for me since the look was in!!!


Wednesday, February 13/2013 at 2:38 pm

To the person or people using mineral makeup, I have found that it is extremely irritating to my skin. From what I have read it is because of the size of the particles. I have medium complexion, mostly oily, summer is the worst. It makes my skin red and irritated, specially after using the kabuki brush.


Sunday, April 14/2013 at 12:02 pm

Were you using the bareminerals original? That contains bismuth oxychloride, which is a severe skin irritant.


Friday, February 22/2013 at 5:27 pm

It maybe peeling because your skin may not be moisturized enough or using a primer. I used to wear bareminerals all the time, and continued to use it because it helped fade a lot of my acne scars.


Friday, February 15/2013 at 4:33 am

there are a lot of professional make up who use the concealer after the foundation ,if you put the concealer before,the foundation will wash it off,it doesnt matter just if you don’t have dark circles at all,but since you are using concealer i’m assuming you have,there is a lot of wrong retarded tips you put on there,some things works and some don’t work for some people. also,if you use foundation just in some places of your stupid face,it you look very UNEVEN,even through the foundation is of the color of your skin,its very hard to find one wich matches PERFECTLY,seriously,stop. you don’t know SHEET


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, February 15/2013 at 10:33 am

Uh, did you read the article? For starters, I recommended the exact opposite – to apply concealer AFTER foundation. The headlines are the “mistakes.” But thanks for your pleasant comment! :)


Monday, February 25/2013 at 6:13 pm

This is a very bad written article Michelle you didn’t write it very well it was unclear about the concealer
and you make fun of STARS when you don’t even know what your talking about


Thursday, December 12/2013 at 8:22 am

Good thing you are still polite,shows professionalism.though I dont agree 100% with all your tips,but a lot are useful too.xo


Tuesday, February 19/2013 at 7:06 pm

Wow, you are extra-stupid, AND you can’t spell!!! Apparently you do not read well, either…


Sunday, February 24/2013 at 7:31 pm

Goodness gracious you are hateful. Shame on you.


Friday, February 15/2013 at 7:03 pm

Most mineral make up contains bismuth oxychloride which iritates skin making it itch and possibly create excess oil. Always ask if the ingredient is included. Most make up “sales” people have no idea but make them look on the list of ingredients. A small addition of corn starch to foundation can help minimize oil. A brief sweep of corn starch has helped me control my oil slick.


Saturday, February 16/2013 at 6:33 am

Personally none of your tips personally help me at all, and just because certain things don’t work for you they work for everyone else, and as for the foundation and concealer bit, in my opinion. It’s actually a LOT better to put conceale. On before. Foundation because you know what needs to be covered if you put foundation on first then your just guessing on what needs to be covered , and you also need to dab your makeup on and that way your concealer will not get messed up, also. With using powder to set your makeup and if you still want that dewy look invest. In some fix plus spray. That way you can still put your powder on and then you just have to mist with the fix spray it makes your face gorgeous and not cakey. And you just have to lightly spritz on your face.


Tuesday, February 19/2013 at 7:10 pm

Just fyi: when. You. Double. Space. After. A. Word. Your. Iphone. Or. Ipad. Will. Add. A. Period. And. Capitalize. The. Next. Letter. Annoying, isn’t it??


Saturday, March 2/2013 at 4:02 am

If you put foundation on before concealer then you won’t have to use as much concealer.. That’s why she says that. If you have to “guess” what to cover up because you can’t see it, then your foundation is doing the job… Get it.. Wow.


Saturday, February 16/2013 at 5:28 pm

I use BB cream as foundation. I don’t use a primer underneath, but should I? I don’t know. I have noticed that the BB cream gives a really nice look most of the time. And it’s good for my skin.


Saturday, February 16/2013 at 10:52 pm

BB cream is great, but a face primer is always nice, ans there is sooo many you can try, primer helps to fill in the creases in your face like your laugh lines and even wrinkles under your eyes, which will give your face a flawless finish once you put your bb cream over it, it will also keep your bb cream in place and on keep everything staying exactly where you put it! Hope that helped you. And an AMAZING blog to check out is MAKEUP GEEK.COM she has tips and tricks for everything, she’s a professional makeup artist with a lot of tutorials for everything and she explains why your doing what your doing. She taught me so much just love her site!!


Monday, February 25/2013 at 9:29 pm

BB cream has primer in it, so you don’t need to use primer before.


Kara Perez
Sunday, February 17/2013 at 10:54 pm

If I decide to continue using my mineral powder foundation… Do you still recommend using concealer after putting on foundation?!


Monday, February 18/2013 at 12:59 am

Great tips. Love that you mention Eco Tools! Love that company.


Tuesday, February 19/2013 at 11:50 pm

I actually don’t agree with many of these. For example, going a shade darker with foundation. If your face is darker than your neck/skin how do you correct that? If your face is lighter than your neck, you can easily apply bronzer and warm up your complexion, versus trying to fill your neck and chest with bronzer or something to make your face match. A primer is absolutely not necessary. Your face needs SOMETHING, it’s hard to apply an even base with dry skin. But any serum, moisturizer, etc. can work just fine. This is especially true if you invest in a good foundation. I’ve tried every primer on the planet, Smashbox, MUFE, Too Faced, etc. and think they are useless. And not applying foundation all over your face? That seems silly to me. You want an even, flawless base. Throughout the day your face produces oil and will change. There will be a distinct difference between the areas with and without foundation. Just my opinions, of course, but I think some of this is misleading to people.


Rebekah P
Wednesday, February 20/2013 at 12:41 am

I too, have used the mineral make up in the past. I must say that at 47 years old, it’s not for me!! I am thankful for this info! I was putting concealer on first, under my foundation! I use a brush to apply, and I love the way it goes on, although I will use a sponge to work it in a little around the edges.
Thanks Again!


S. Ormerod
Wednesday, February 20/2013 at 3:03 pm

As a professional makeup artist I will say that I don’t agree with everything posted here. People need to remember that makeup is about looking good, feeling good and having fun with products. Everyone has a different way of doing things, but in the end its all about making yourself happy. (and in my case, making others look and feel beautiful no matter how I applied a product or where.) Remember, there are no rules in makeup, just tips and tricks. (Which is what these are!) Its all about what it looks like in the end, not how you got there, so you apply the stuff however you want!


Thursday, December 12/2013 at 8:29 am

Good one!


Carol Ulak
Thursday, February 21/2013 at 2:15 pm

On # 6 . Is it concealer under foundation OR concealer over foundation.


Monday, February 25/2013 at 3:03 am

Concealer under foundation makes more sense but its trying to tell you to use it over. In my opinion, unless the concealer matches your foundation/skin tone, put it under because if not, you’re just changing colors and making your face look like a rainbow of shades.


Friday, February 22/2013 at 5:21 pm

I have a really tan body but my face doesn’t tan AT ALL..I mean it’s glowing white…how do I get it to blend with my body? I use a honey color foundation and bronzer… but my face is still 2 shades lighter than my body. Help?!


Sunday, February 24/2013 at 6:37 pm

I highly disagree with a lot of this. Liquid foundation over powder? I’ve tried every drugstore and name-brand, higher up liquid and creme foundations, and every single one of them creates acne on me. I want healthy, clean skin, and only powder foundation does it for my oily, acne prone skin. Using powders has made my skin look ah-maz-ing without the need to cake it under liquid foundation. I’m sure people who don’t have acne and possess dry to normal skin can use liquids, but for us acne prone and oily skinned women, why would you WANT to look dewy at first when your face is going to produce a dewy look naturally within two hours of applying your makeup? I hate it when my face looks “dewy,” because that’s how it looks when it’s oily. And it’s gross.

Not only that, but concealer after foundation? What a way to ruin your makeup. Concealer isn’t always skin-toned for some people, so putting on a green/yellow concealer AFTER your foundation really defeats the purpose.

This is like makeup tips for people with already perfect skin. Ugh.


Monday, February 25/2013 at 8:57 am

I agree, when she totally looked down on powder, I knew she wasn’t focusing on all the skin types. I have super oily skin as well, it’s so oily that i don’t even bother to use moisturizer, better yet foundation. What powders have you found that work for you? I need a good powder!


Monday, February 25/2013 at 2:59 am

I’ve been doing everything wrong.. Then again, I’m new at foundation use, so all my tip and tricks come from my best friend (someone who hasn’t truly taken her make-up off in 3 years) and my mom (habitual user). I’m 17 and am just now starting to get acne, but not really even acne. My skin is just turning red and getting dry. Thanks a TON!


Wednesday, February 27/2013 at 1:58 am

Humm, I don’t really agree with some of these make-up suggestions. That “dewy” look might look great on a flawless model but on real women, it just looks like an oily mess (especially if you already have oily skin). I use mineral powder lightly on my face after my foundation and concealer. I find a matte face looks much cleaner. It all depends on how much you’re applying. And only putting foundation to places needed? Really? Again unless you’re a flawless skinned model you’re probably going to need a bit more coverage. As for applying make up. Although I use brushes for nearly all my applications I always finish my foundation with a sponge for better blending.


Wednesday, February 27/2013 at 2:20 am

Wow, I am amazed at the number of people who lack the ability to comprehend clearly written instructions. Even more amazed at the amount of hostile comments they managed to compose. Personally, I found this article very enlightening, and although every single rule may not work for every single person, I can’t complain because I didn’t see any disclaimer that said “EVERYTHING WRITTEN HERE IS FACT AND APPLIES TO ALL HUMANS.” I appreciate the tips and I plan on purchasing a primer tomorrow. Any suggestions on drugstore dupes? Everytime I go into a MAC/Sephora/Macy’s I walk out with a bunch of overpriced crap I didn’t intend on purchasing. :/


Thursday, February 28/2013 at 11:49 am

I know a great primer actually, you order it online at, I used to sell them and before I quit I stocked up on the primer lol. It’s pretty awesome and decently priced. Oh, Mark is a brand of Avon.


Friday, March 1/2013 at 12:12 am

Angie, I really like the “Smashbox photo finish hydrating primer”. I purchased mine from Sephora and it has lasted me over a year, and still going strong! It goes on smooth (only need to use a little dab on cheeks, chin, forehead then blend with fingers) and really leaves your face feeling hydrated but not oily. Hope this helps!


Monday, March 11/2013 at 1:37 am

Thanks! I ended up getting a Neutrogena primer for oil prone skin, and so far it is working great for me. I still might try out a different one next time, so I will keep your suggestion in mind, I really appreciate it. :)


Monday, March 4/2013 at 10:50 pm

Good god…. i was doing EVERYTHING wrong!


Tuesday, March 5/2013 at 7:19 am

I just wasted 10 minutes to read this article, and did not find a single thing that I didn’t know before. And no, I’m not a makeup artist or anything in relation to that. I appreciate the effort you’ve put into it, but most of the people nowadays watch makeup tutorials on youtube and know how to do basic things like applying foundation, concealer and powder, and the order you apply them in. I recommend you do that as well, and I guarantee that in a month you’ll learn what you didn’t in 5+ years in the industry. Good luck!


Thursday, March 7/2013 at 12:53 am

It’s great that you know so much about make up and YouTube. But not everyone does, as you said so yourself, and articles like this are helpful to many of us so don’t minimize Michelle’s intentions. I think articles like this are great. Not everyone enjoys watching badly produced makeup videos made with cheap camera equipment with someone’s dirty room in the background.


Tuesday, March 5/2013 at 9:07 pm

Is it me or does number 6 make no sense at all?? The headline of number 6 and the content below contradicts itself.


Thursday, March 7/2013 at 12:47 am

The title of the article is “…7 mistakes you’re making with your foundation”

Number 6 says ” you put your concealer on under, not over, your foundation.”

Implying that wearing your concealer under your foundation is a mistake (as the title of the article states that it will be listing 7 MISTAKES). And wearing your concealer over is NOT a mistake.

When you see numerous commas in a sentence, it helps to take a pause whenever you see a comma, while you’re reading.

I thought I’d take the time out to point this out as it seems like so many of you are having issues with this. Which is, quite frankly, a bit alarming.


Sunday, August 18/2013 at 2:41 am

It’s you and all the others whose reading comprehension skills are just that poor.


Tuesday, March 5/2013 at 9:11 pm

But anyways…I really appreciate this article and have learned so much and can’t wait to correct and learn from my mistakes. Thank you!!

Ps any tips for pale skin and freckles?!


Tuesday, March 5/2013 at 10:56 pm

I am absolutely amazed at the commentary here. I’ve got two Big Beefs with you ladies, and they are as follows.
1) Most people have serious grammar and spelling issues, which is obnoxious and makes anyone lose credibility.
2) I’ve visited sites where the women who read and comment are helpful and supportive even when they disagree with the author of the blog or article. The fact that we’re on a site that focuses on women and their wants and needs should be a good thing, but you ladies are making us all look like a bunch of complete idiots. You give women a bad name. You might be pretty, you might not be. For your sake, I hope you are, ‘cuz you sure aren’t educated.


Thursday, March 7/2013 at 1:00 am

Reading comprehension skills do not appear to be top-notch either.

It’s really disappointing to see so such eloquent (and I am using the term loosely here) commentary on how the writer of the article doesn’t know anything and is clueless. You can disagree, for sure, but some of these women need to learn how to do it with tact and learn some manners. And proper English.


Sunday, August 18/2013 at 2:45 am

This is hilarious! I just commented on poor reading comprehension a few lines above this one. Wow! Our education system is in TROUBLE!


Friday, March 8/2013 at 1:05 am

Great comment! I completely agree. Very shallow minded women on here.


Wednesday, March 6/2013 at 9:13 pm

Thanks for the great tips! I can’t wait to try them out!
I’m interested to see how much different my make up looks using what you have suggested!


Friday, March 8/2013 at 12:41 am

I have something to add here! I highly suggest contouring. You can use a bronzer at the highest point of your forehead and if you make a fishie face, you see where there are deep lines? You apply bronzer there and it makes your cheekbones look higher! Also, draw a thin line on the sides of your nose to make it look slimmer. Top it off with a highlighting powder, which will also do the job of setting your foundation. Apply that on your forehead above your brows and in the center, down the middle of your nose, and above the apples of your cheeks and under your eyes. To contour, I use MAC mineral blush in warm soul, and to highlight, I use MAC mineral highlighter (the lightest shade). This may take an extra few minutes, but it is worth it! I’m sorry if my explanation of this is not very thorough.. I tried my best to explain it in the simplest way! Cheers to fellow makeup lovers, and remember: everyone does things differently and has their own opinions. It’s only fair that you respect other’s suggestions and opinions without a negative response.. They’re only here to help!:)


Friday, March 8/2013 at 1:02 am

Wow. How rude most if you are you are ridiculous. Get over yourself, you make yourself look awful, even if no one knows you.


Sunday, March 10/2013 at 3:01 am

Concealer over foundation makes sense because you see what really NEEDS to be covered first of all, your foundation will cover some issues on its own. Second you will keep the coverage, color and placement intact. But I do both depending on the look and products. Just play around and find what works for you, these are just tips. Don’t get offended, it’s just things to think about! Many makeup artists do things differently, there are no hard fast rules in makeup.


Monday, March 11/2013 at 4:10 am

As a fellow make up artist, I will say: Although I do think these are good tips, I don’t necessarily agree with all of them. I find that no matter what foundation brush I use, I get brush strokes that won’t blend away unless I use my fingers. Your fingers are warm and will melt the foundation into the skin much quicker and efficiently. There is nothing wrong with using your fingers if you sanitize your hands first. I also don’t agree with not using powder foundation. Powder foundation can work extremely well for some skin types, such as mine (normal). Some of my favorite foundations are powder such as the Cargo Blu-Ray pressed powder, or the Halo Hydrating Powder by Smashbox. I find that powder is also a great option for very pale skin types. Often times liquids have a warmer undertone, and often times, even the foundations with cooler tones seem orange on very fair skin. Powders tend to be less orangey in general.


Wednesday, March 13/2013 at 12:12 am

Thank you for the valuable information…yikes…I found that I am doing several of these “no-no’s”!


Wednesday, March 13/2013 at 11:59 pm

No I wasn’t applying my foundation wrong…. But I am a finger user… And I didn’t use primer or concealer… Or translucent powder….. But I did use liquid foundation first and then powder foundation on top of it but it was a very light application…


Friday, March 15/2013 at 11:00 am

What do you suggest for really oily skin? I put my makeup on at 8 in the morning and at 12 I’m already blotting. Is there a makeup you recommend?


Friday, March 15/2013 at 4:19 pm

Hey I actually have a post on my blog that is geared towards the proper makeup for your skin type and how to apply for oily skin. Check it out. I have oily skin aswell so I feel your pain.


Friday, March 15/2013 at 9:58 pm

I suggest using tarte bb cream! (Not the Amazonian clay one) you can find this at sephora for 34 dollars.. It is pretty pricy but I’ve never seen such flawless results.. My pores look nonexistent, every imperfection is gone from my face, and my oily skin is in check all day long! You can ask for a sample at any sephora to try before you buy! After I use this, I apply urban decay de-slick setting spray.. It helps with oily skin also and the small bottle is 19 dollars at any Sephora:) hope this helps!


Saturday, March 16/2013 at 5:37 am

I also have very oily skin and the one product I have found to work wonders is the Oil-control mattifier by Murad. It’s a moisturizer with SPF 15. I use it everyday and sometimes even mix a little bit of my liquid foundation with it to create my own tinted moisturizer. You can find it at Sephora and Ulta stores. It’s my #1 must-have.


Becca Steps
Saturday, March 16/2013 at 2:12 am

I was always a liquid foundation girl from day 1. I am now 30 and have noticed my pores are getting larger and my skin is much oilier. I am an esthetician and I switched to Jane Iredale Minerals who has a seal of approval from skin cancer foundation and I’ve tried to go back to liquid foundations but one you go Jane you can never go back. A bit pricey but you get what you pay for. I highly recommend these products as they offer something for every skin type from oily to sensitive to dry and anti-aging. The pressed powders can be used in a multitude of ways from wet to powder and you can layer to create a concealer. It’s like having five different products for the price of one. The same goes for eyeshadows. You will never regret trying these products as long as you go for a consult at a professional spa or salon, especially if you have hyperpigmentation, rosacea, acneic or oily skin. Also if you suffer from oily skin might I suggest a mattifying moisturizer to apply prior to makeup application and give active pureness a try from Comfort Zone.


Sunday, March 17/2013 at 7:15 am

hi, i really need to know if a good bb cream can actually replace primer, foundation, and concealer. if so, would i just use the bb cream as i would those?

using moisturizer, primer, foundation, concealer, and powder is getting tiring, so i want to try bb cream to 2 or 3 of these. with that said can someone please let me know?


Sunday, March 17/2013 at 12:17 pm

The tarte bb cream works as a primer, foundation and moisturizer and also a sunblock! I swear it is the best thing I ever put on my face! I never wear foundation or concealer with it.. I apply a small amount on my brush and apply it all over my face.. It’s tinted and the shades match my skin tone, along with a few of my friends and family members!:)


Wednesday, March 27/2013 at 10:27 am

Smash box BB cream is AMAZING and really does do the job of moisturizer, primer and foundation all in one, it has a slightly heavy price tag, $38+ , but it is well worth is. I have also discovered ELF has a tinted moisturizer that is great for daily wear, and at $3 a bottle it’s far more cost efficient, and almost the same as Smashbox’s tinted moisturizer.


Sunday, April 14/2013 at 11:58 am

I suggest Skin79′s pink label BB cream. This is actually a real Korean BB cream. The Western BB cream has nothing on the Korean version. You can get it from


Sunday, March 17/2013 at 8:18 pm

I loved the tips from this blog/commentary. I’ve heard a lot of these tips already though. If I could add to the whole “Finger user/Foundation brush user” part, I use my fingers to dot the spots where I want my foundation to be and then I use a Kabuki brush to blend my foundation. The Kabuki brush gives a stippling effect, which, in my opinion, look much more natural than using both your finger and/or a foundation brush. I am in love with that brush. It’s definitely a must-have.

(I use the Ecotools retractable Kabuki brush, around $8 at Walmart.)

Hope this helped anyone who reads this!! :)


Tuesday, March 19/2013 at 2:01 pm

I am sure these are good tips, however, I don’t see myself on a regular basis purchasing that many different items. Especially since I only do ‘full on make up’ maybe once a month. I only have half an hour from the time I get up to the time I need to be out the door, and all these steps… just not happening!


Friday, March 22/2013 at 11:22 pm

I actually use L’Oreal’s Magic Skin Beautifying BB Cream. I don’t use primer EVER. I find it gives my skin a strange texture…. I do use moisturizer though, but not with a BB Cream. Moisturizer IS my primer under regular foundation. My regular foundation is Revlon Colorstay 24 Hour Whipped Creme Makeup. It has a matte, semi- powdery finish, so it is good for those who like the finish of a powder but the application of a liquid.
I found these tips helpful! With my BB Creme, I need to use a brush. The L’oreal Magic BB changes to match your skin. If I use my fingers, it turns out too orange!
I recommend the BB cream for any lady with normal skin. It definitely covers well for a BB, and it feels so light on your face! I know it covers, cause it kicks the darkness of the freckles on my nose down several notches!
Good Luck!


Sunday, March 24/2013 at 2:57 am

hey! great tips. i agree with all except number 7. I’ve found that my powder doesn’t stay unless i really press it into my skin, and that can’t be accomplished with a fluffy brush. I use a very condensed round powder brush by Physicians Formula. You can also buy a bigger one from Nars if you’re willing to spend $80 on one brush (which i wasn’t) haha. happy makeup-ing!


Tuesday, March 26/2013 at 7:45 pm

Clinique BB cream is awesome as well! :)


Tuesday, April 2/2013 at 1:28 am

Well, I’m twelve I have a red dot under my eye and it makes me look so depressed so I try to cover it with foundation or conseler, but I guess u have dry skin so I discovered little hairs that are bolder on my face I put make up on it and the hairs are different sizes. I know that I am young but I’m at the age of facial issues so it’s making me look like a ugly hag!

Hellllp!!!!!! Do not email me this is just an old email. I don’t have an email!


Thursday, April 4/2013 at 4:15 am

I’m way fair with a cool undertone and two toddler boys. Darkness under the eyes is an understatement. I’m also oily in the T-zone, and when I try to conceal the darkness, I’ve got an oily disaster under my eyes within an hour. I’ve tried concealers, primers, liquids, powders and it all only seems to accentuate the issue. It creases, it smudges, and if I try to go lighter on the product, the darkness shows right through. What am I missing here? Thanks for the post, by the way!


Monday, April 8/2013 at 4:01 am

WOW! First of all, THANK YOU KINDLY, for this helpful information. I was completely horrified with myself after reading this! But now, I am excited to do my make up tomorrow! Yay!
And secondly, really…I had to go back and read these comments and boy, I had myself a few good laughs. So, thanks to all the ” ladies” ( if that’s what you think you are) for the horrid grammar, punctuation, and language. My husband enjoyed it also. So, again, thanks. I think this article was written very well, and it was super informative.
Michelle, you’re awesome!


Tuesday, April 9/2013 at 12:55 am

Thanks for great tips.


Wednesday, April 10/2013 at 8:13 pm

Clearly, you do not rosacea otherwise you would know that yes you DO need to apply foundation all over your face. Make a preface next time as not to discriminate against women who have this skin disorder.


Monday, April 15/2013 at 1:01 am

In the article she says to apply it to the areas that need it. If your face is red all over, it would be assumed that you would cover it. Just because someone doesn’t cater to your personal needs in an article does not mean they are discriminating against you. Use your common sense and do what your skin requires.


Wednesday, April 10/2013 at 10:52 pm

I do need foundation all over my face, Or else I’d be butting on more concealer than foundation. I have many many many break outs, that are hormonal, and won’t go away.

Secondly — It’s like my skin is rejecting foundation. Primer or no primer, any foundation.. it clumps up or something weird. Doesn’t settle right. ( also I use clinque moisturizer underneath sometimes instead of primer, but it doesn’t matter which one ) I feel so horrible, I don’t know what to do, no matter what I put on my face! CAKEY looking almost, even the lightest amount.


Wednesday, April 17/2013 at 7:26 pm

same here!!!


Friday, April 19/2013 at 6:03 pm

to all the girls who have horrible breakouts, i used to be one of you. i use proactive religeously and it didnt seem to work until i changed my makeup routine. i no longer use foundation and it may contradict what was said in the article but i have found that sephoras pressed mineral powder provides great coverage and reduces redness. i also am not afraid to wear it because of pimples. usually caking on foundation can be a catch 22: to cover a zit can make it look more obvious sometimes. i swear by sephoras powder. i was finding even the breakout were getting better with the powder. now i have been acne free for 3 months and i wish someone wouldve shared this with me 10 years ago. Good luck to all and i can only hope this information helps!


Monday, April 22/2013 at 8:12 pm

Have you tried going to Sephora or the mall where someone could apply it and see if you are doing something wrong?
As for me my face is absolutely HORRIBLE. Not only do I have pimples and scars but I have very bad genes. THANKS MOM! But either way, it seem that no matter what I use (like you) I cant get it right. I have gone to Sephora and fixed maybe one problem but I still have tons of other issues with my skin. I don’t know maybe seek advice from an expert. But either way YOU ARE NOT ALONE DEAR. And I know it feels horrible :(


Katelyn Shook
Thursday, April 11/2013 at 8:27 pm

My fondation and powder is always flakeing off!


Friday, April 12/2013 at 9:44 am

Ok so I understand everything listed here. I will not use my bare minerals only, I will use my concealer after my foundation (which actually I just use smashbox bb cream SPF 35) but does the whole “brushes are always better than sponges” mean even better than the beauty blender?


Sunday, April 14/2013 at 11:50 am

Most of these points are simply based on personal preference. I hate having dewy skin, even though that’s the “thing”. That is why I enjoy using mineral foundations (not bareminerals, ugh!), and because I have very acne prone skin. Its not a mistake if I use my hands for foundation because I prefer the finish that it gives me over that of a brush. And no matter which primer I use (I’ve tried L’oreal all the way to Givenchy) my foundation does NOT last any longer or go on any smoother. This all depends on the person, there is no WRONG way of doing makeup if you look amazing doing it your own way.


Monday, April 15/2013 at 7:19 am

How do you expect your audience to listen to you when you have made grammatical errors in your post?


Wednesday, April 17/2013 at 7:24 pm

I just got some Maybelline Pure Stay powder foundation because the Loreal Mineral powder foundation I had been using started looking cakey and my skin always looked aged and cakey (and I’m only 27)… and liquid foundations always looked the same, rough and cakey and greasy…. what am I doing wrong? I looked at myself in the sunlight today wearing the Maybelline powder foundation and as usual, my skin looked gross and old and rough because of the foundation.


Wednesday, April 17/2013 at 7:34 pm

Mell, you might be wearing the wrong foundations for your skin type. Not all liquid foundations are the same. Some are made for dry skin some are made for oily and so on. You could be wearing a product that isn’t mixing accordingly with your skin type. I have a post based on just the thing you can check it out here. Let me know if it helps you!!


Saturday, April 27/2013 at 4:44 pm

Have you tried using a primer? And use liquid foundation. Covergirl has “outlast stay fabulous 3 in 1″ thats with a primer, foundation and concealer plus it is shine free! I have really oily skin and it works great. And use a finish spray to avoid that caky look, ELF has one for $3 at your local target. Hope that helps! Good luck!


Saturday, May 11/2013 at 4:14 pm

How do you put your makeup on? I use my fingers, and if I dabbed using downward strokes to blend, everything looked fine. If I tried doing circles, it turned out clumpy. It could be you are ‘fluffing’ up the hairs on your face, which catch and clump the makeup.


Thursday, April 18/2013 at 3:24 pm

Great article! Thanks for pointing out some popular foundation blunders. I find some habits are hard to break. Personally, I still use my fingers to apply my foundation, as I like a little more coverage. And wow, poor Nicole Kidman…unfortunate picture.


Sunday, April 21/2013 at 3:52 pm

A few good tips. Just please keep in mind your way is not always the right way. When it sounds like you think everything I’m doing is wrong it makes me not want to take your tips..


Megan Stevens
Wednesday, April 24/2013 at 3:35 pm

Thank you so much I learned so much from the wrong application of concealer your a life saver much love and God Bless:)


Friday, April 26/2013 at 11:12 am

No offense, (by the way, most offensive words to start off saying) but HD powders and foundations are specifically made for photography…


Zoe Alexander
Sunday, April 28/2013 at 10:55 am

Such a fantastic post and so many tips! Thank you so much. I have to make a few changes very soon!
Zoe xxx


Tuesday, April 30/2013 at 9:11 pm

Call me crazy… but I rarely wear any makeup. At all. When I do wear foundation, I WAS doing it “all wrong” (powder, no base, all over my face), but the fact stands that I don’t really need makeup much at all. I wear blush and lipstick, sometimes some eye shadow, when I want to look a little more polished. But I have virtually no blemishes, even skin tone, and my skin isn’t dry or oily. (THANK YOU GOD!!!) However, the next time I DO wear foundation, I’ll keep these tips in mind! :)


Heather Scoggins
Friday, May 3/2013 at 2:25 pm

Idk, about the brushes being superior, if you have ever worn Nars Sheer Matte Foundation you will know what I’m talking about. You have to use your fingers, no other method will work. Love the Beauty Blender for blending concealer under the eyes, it’s also handy of applying blush and bronzer. I do still occasionally use a damp sponge for a more sheer look then the brushes. My favorite foundation brush is a cheapy E.L.F foundation brush for $1.00, beats out brushes I’ve tried at Sephora or Ulta even.


Diana Klingenberg
Thursday, May 9/2013 at 12:58 pm

Love the tips. I have been a BE user for about 8 years. Every time I use a different foundation I get serious breakouts. I have very sensitive skin and want to change from Bare Escentuals. Can you give me any help?


Thursday, May 9/2013 at 3:17 pm

If you have huge pores, uneven skin tone and acne, than you do need foundation just about, all over your face, like I do. I wear a somewhat thin amount over primer, but I do use several items, cover my entire face and blend around the neck. Usually nobody has a clue I’m wearing any makeup and now and then people ask if I ever wear makeup not realizing I’m wearing primer, bb cream, concealer and sometimes a tinted moisturizer or foundation combo on top.
If I don’t wear it my face is several shades and colors including pale-white and red.


D Roberts
Saturday, May 11/2013 at 12:22 pm

I have to say, for all of you complaining about this article ; you need to take a step back and be THANKFUL. she is right on every point! My skin looks flawless because of all of these rules- and i was lucky enough to learn them at age 14. The article is not discriminatory by any definition of the word. the woman is trying to throw you a bone- learn how to catch.


Saturday, May 11/2013 at 12:25 pm

I think this article was great and very informative :) using a foundation brush has made a big difference. I don’t always use a primer but when I do I notice the changes. Also I never have used foundation all over my face unless I have a crazy breakout. Of corse this article is about preference in a way… It’s about getting the look that’s in and making it work for u. I don’t know why anyone would put negative comments on here… Thank you for the great info I know I did learn a couple new tricks :)


Sunday, May 12/2013 at 12:17 pm

use water to help blend in foundation. i get compliments all the time.


Sunday, May 12/2013 at 3:01 pm

Yes sir I’m using it right! I don’t use foundation very often, but when I do, I use it to cover the redness around my nose and cheeks and the darkness around my eyes, just like they say in the chapter 5! :)
But this is very, very good tip to those “dolls” who are using it wrong ;)


Monday, May 13/2013 at 11:50 am

Awesome article. I few months ago I went to MAC and had one of the girls show me how I should be applying my foundation/concealer. She taught me to follow these exact steps! Glad I’m on the right track.


Friday, May 17/2013 at 1:12 pm

I am a very big fan of makeup. I have tried so many makeup on my face. I tired a very expansive on that I do like but can afforded it all the time. So I ran into this other kind called dream liquid mousse by maybelline. I loved it the first time that it went on and everything. But know it sucks. It is way to oilie. I have dealt with akney my hole life since I was 15 years old know that I am going on 30. I am so tired of having this problem. I have some stuff to help me. With that problem. I got it from my dr. But I love being a girly and I really want to wear this stuff. I just have oily skin. So I just want to know what would be a good makeup that would help me out? I work to Walmart I work really heard but I don’t want to look like a frait train. By the end of the day. Please help.


Friday, May 17/2013 at 2:43 pm

I am also going on 30 and dealing with acne and it sucks!! I got acne later on in life but recently went to my doctor to see if there was something he could do for it. He prescribed me retin-A which is essentially a mild chemical peel that I put on before bed that allows my pores to open and drain, preventing future breakouts. Every one has different skin so although you might not have the same issue he did tell me to use non-comedogenic make-up. I just started doing this so I have only tried Covergirl true blend and have only used it a couple of times but if you search for non-comedogenic make up on Google it will direct you to many sites that tell you what ingredients to look for and what to avoid. Hope this helps and good luck.


Sunday, May 19/2013 at 8:12 pm

I disagree about foundation. I don’t wear foundation or makeup in general very often but when i do i use revlon colorstay aqua. it works sooo much better than any liquid foundation ever tried. it lasts all day, doesn’t break out my skin, and looks so natural. The whole “dewy” look may be “in” but on me i feel it just looks oily and gross.


Sunday, May 19/2013 at 10:23 pm

I definitely was putting it all over my face. and I definitely was having trouble with my forehead


Wednesday, June 5/2013 at 12:06 am

Sorry, but that’s ridiculous! Maybe that works for your skin but of course it won’t work for other skin types. Plus, people have different tastes. I hate the dewy look! There’s no such thing as rules in make up. Every one should try it on until they find what works the best for them and do it their way. Maybe it’s this way you describe… Maybe it’s not.


Monday, June 17/2013 at 12:33 pm

I am always up for trying new techs! I just can never EVER find my foundation match! I tried that Loreal True Match in shade N4 but it seemed slightly too pink on my face!? I usually use the Bare Minerals in Golden Medium but like in the article, it doesn’t really cover as good as liquid foundation! I do love my Mineral makeup though for if I only wanna lightly cover and even out. Does anyone have a color recommendation for me since I can never find my shade!? Even the Sephora store had matched me to MUFE HD in shade 125, but it was slightly pink on my skin! Thanks guys!


Tuesday, July 2/2013 at 8:55 pm

My skin is horrible for shedding anything! My nails don’t take nail polish for more than a day, band aids don’t stick for more than an hour, and my makeup likes to cake in areas and come off completely in others. I have tried primers, types of make up, etc but nothing seems to work! My face also has many small bumps from acne every where mostly my forehead. I am in my mid 20snow but can’t get my face acne free! Help please!!


Thursday, July 11/2013 at 9:14 am

Such a smart a**, aren’t you?! I laughed numerous times. :D good luck, thinking you know it all ;) perhaps you should consider that what works for you isn’t the only truth and that other people and methods can be right too. Sounds like you don’t care much about skin’s health.. ouch.


Wednesday, July 17/2013 at 7:11 am

Hi. thanks for the great tips. truly useful.
I have a problem tho. I do bridal makeup for asian brides. i dont use too much foundation nor do i use much setting powder. i keep it natural and clean. I do almost all that you have stated above.
I realised some at the end of the finished look, when i’m applying some indian accessiories and if my fingers happen to touch their face, it actually leaves finger print on their face. i will then have to just dab that area to clear the finger print/mark.
I truly wonder if the foundation has turned sweaty or could it be something that i’m not doing right.
I use illamasqua and max factor liquid foundation. i use the stipping brush to blend the foundation over.



Wednesday, July 17/2013 at 3:48 pm

I read that blotting papers aren’t good for your skin, especially if you have oily skin, because it just makes you oil glands produce more oil. So instead of helping you it’s actually making your oily skin problem worse.


Sunday, July 21/2013 at 12:41 pm

I use my fingers a little to blend and will always do so, because that’s how I paint too. I apply with a brush but fix little smudges with my fingers. Also I do use a tinted powder because it helps my liquid foundation match my skin tone. I am very pale and find it hard to find a liquid foundation that actually matches. It is to dark or to yellow if I try to go a shade lighter.


Tuesday, July 23/2013 at 8:09 pm

I actually liked article but I was surprised to see the hate on using a sponge. I started using them again after watching one of Goss’ videos. He recommended it and he was so right. Way better than brushes. Just dampen the sponge. No product wasted.


Wednesday, July 24/2013 at 10:21 pm

I put liquid foundation on an over that put on bare minerals with a huge brush- beautiful, not at all cakey, Using the big brush spreads it evenly and thin. If I don’t use it, i have ugly pores.


Wednesday, July 24/2013 at 10:22 pm

And using a foundation brush makes the liquid streaky. I end up reaching for a sponge anyway


Tuesday, July 30/2013 at 6:09 pm

So what happens when you’re so Irish pale that they dont MAKE foundation light enough to blend seemlessly??? I mean I get as pale as they make but even then, it’s probably several shades darker than I am (and I’m 100% against tanning or fake tanning.)


Huw thomas
Friday, August 9/2013 at 10:53 am

Ola! Wow, skimmed comments. What a bitch-a-thon! And there was me thinking foundation wasn’t really that important. I test it on my left thigh.
If you are young and don’t have very troublesome skin, just don’t use foundation. Subconciously we find people attractive because they appear healthy. Fresh young skin is an indicator of this – yes lots of other stuff applies. Don’t plaster slap on it. Leave that til about 35. Primers etc fine.
In America especially you see women with heavy heavy make up on that just looks like very thick make up, not skin.
I’m 46 and my make up is so heavy, that i can only hold my head up with a surgical collar. Ha ha ha sob sob fetch the noose!!


Monday, August 12/2013 at 6:41 pm

This makes me so sad because I love using Bare Minerals because liquid foundation I find to make my skin break out. I have a nice skin complexion and i’m crazy about powder foundation. Oh man but my roommate, she uses liquid foundation and as much as I tell her she’s doing it wrong she won’t listen. She doesn’t know how to put it on. When shes done you see streaks of her foundation all over her face. She needs to blend more.


Sunday, August 18/2013 at 3:24 am

Thanks for the tips! While a couple of them don’t work for me, I’m intelligent enough to realize I should skip those and move on. Cripes! People need to learn the definitions of the words “hate” and “discriminate.” None of this was evident in your article! No makeup nazi here! I had no idea opinions on makeup could be so controversial. It’s a good thing there aren’t more important issues out there to feel so strongly about. Again, thanks for the info!


Friday, September 13/2013 at 8:50 pm

wow. that absolutely answered my problems and questions. Thanks.


Katherine Anderson
Saturday, December 7/2013 at 1:04 am

How would you help someone with PASTE white skin??? I love all of these tips, but I have never found any foundation to even be close to my skin tone in America. I have tried a sample of Illamasqua 100 pure white… and that is the only thing that has matched my skin.. It is basically white out. But I cannot find concealer, or anything else that can blend with it. Please help! (I’m getting married next year and am DREADING the photos)


Desiree Byrd
Monday, March 17/2014 at 5:27 pm

Thank you for this article!

I looked in the mirror in the light today and wondered what the heck I did wrong that EVERY LINE AND PORE on my face looked accentuated, even though I was wearing makeup.

You’ve set me straight. My foundation routine has varied greatly lately and I won’t be making this mistake again (using a mineral powder) Yuck!


Sunday, March 30/2014 at 4:35 pm

I only use I’M FABULOUS COSMETICS because the products are organic and kosher and supercharged with anti-aging ingredients. I just wish they will make a cream concealer!


Thursday, April 17/2014 at 7:46 pm

Hi, my skin is sallow with large pores. When I use a primer it makes my face look more dull. Most foundations emphasize my pore. So I am stuck using an oil free foundation(I currently use erno lazlo shake it) or Janet Sartin dual treatment. Unfortunately these matte foundations make me look even more blah. I don’t know what to do!!


Amber P.
Saturday, May 3/2014 at 1:05 pm

When I first read this and saw the tip about not using your finger to put the foundation on I dismissed it. But then I decided to get a brush and try it, and you know what?!? It really did turn out so much better. Thanks for the tips. They are great.


Monday, May 5/2014 at 5:29 am

I’m currently studying my diploma of makeup artistry at Sydney and I have to disagree about not using sponges, I use them all the time on myself, in class and on clients for weddings. The beauty blenders always give a smooth, even and flawless finish when used properly (wet and wringed out, not dry). I have a bobbi brown brush and a MAC foundation brush, (cheaper ones give an uneven finish) and it’s much easier using a clean beauty blender or a disposable wedge sponge each time, than cleaning a foundation brush between clients, or even everyday for yourself.
Also foundation oxidising after a few hours can be quite common so it is best to choose the lighter option, not the darker when picking between 2 foundations. If it’s too light it can easily be corrected using a matt bronzer/contour powder over the top. When colour matching foundation I always match to the jawline, unless they are overly tanned on the body and not on the face, since generally you won’t be wearing foundation all the way down to your collar bones. I use bronzer to always make sure it’s blended nicely. Another common technique is to match the foundation to the chest but can sometimes look unnatural on the face, but I have never heard of anyone doing a patch test for colour matching below the eye (since this is usually a different colour than the rest of the face and requiring colour correcting concealer) or on the forehead (which can be more pigmented than the rest of the face).


Wednesday, May 7/2014 at 3:03 pm

What are you comments about the review of TheBalm “Time Balm” concealer? “Although the fragrance-free formula does contain some anti-aging ingredients, the amount is too small for them to really have much of a benefit for skin; even if they were present in larger amounts, those ingredients wouldn’t stay stable with constant exposure to light and air thanks to the clear jar packaging (really disappointing).”


Monday, May 19/2014 at 7:38 am

I’m going to have to disagree with the brush technique I’m afraid. I much prefer using a sponge/beauty blender and if you make it damp it doesn’t saturate too much product. I have sensitive rosacea skin and using a brush just leaves brush strokes on my face (I’ve tried lots of brushes)


Wednesday, May 21/2014 at 5:59 am

Most of the tips are pretty good, except the “use one shade darker foundation on your face”. If your face is already 2 shades darker (like mine) with red pigmentation, then the rest of your body, you will looking silly with darker foundation.


Emily P.
Saturday, May 31/2014 at 10:22 pm

Jeeze! Have I been doing things wrong. Thanks for such great insight and writing this in an interesting way! Do you have any suggestions for those with freckles? It seems as if everyone wants to cover them up, but I am just not interested in wearing super heavy-weight foundation. Besides– I like my freckles! Is there a lightweight-medium coverage you suggest?


Tuesday, June 24/2014 at 1:46 pm

Hi Michelle, I can’t stress enough how happy I am to have found this website! I am trying to start out as a makeup artist and the Universe is making sure I get all the information to be a good makeup artist! :) I loved this post because I have made some of the mistakes on my models on whom I only practiced makeup. Here you have mentioned flat foundation brush to apply foundation. I would like to know your thoughts on Real techniques buffing brush and flat top stippling brush as well. Many thanks in advance! I hope you don’t mind me asking questions frequently because I’ll have a lot of questions for you :)


Saturday, July 12/2014 at 9:02 pm

I am guilty of using my fingers as I dislike the way the foundation is spread using a brush. Also I tend to prefer BB cream over foundation as its a more natural ‘non-caked’ look.


Tuesday, July 29/2014 at 1:12 pm

Hi there,

I know this is an old post, however, whats the deal with spot primers such as a thick pore primer? I have 4 that I have in mind, and I really want them to work just as well under the foundation as on top. Benefit Porefessional, MAC Line fille base, Smashbox pore primer and, Clinique Pore perfecter. I feel that when worn without makeup, they blur pores very well, then add makeup, and most of them come back. If I apply it on top of my foundation, they go away almost completely, but then my foundation isn’t evenly applied, and if I use a setting powder it can settle on top and make it cakey! What’s the trick? Maybe I just need to find the right pore filler to use under the makeup. Clinique seemed to be best. MAC can work, but its very hard to work with and work it into the skin without it caking up, but once it is done, it works very well.


Tuesday, August 5/2014 at 10:21 pm

is it bad, or is it okay to use a foundation darker then your actual skin tone? i personaly think it looks bad. because your face looks darker then the rest of your body. thats what i think, what about you? shouldnt you use a foundation kinda the same tone as your skin so you wont look like a clown?


Jamila Joseph
Wednesday, August 20/2014 at 4:32 pm

Thanks so much…i really learned a lot of what not to do an i have to say i am guilty of a few things here…..twas very informative….thanks


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