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Tips & Tricks For Flawless Foundation That Will Change Your Makeup Game

Getting your foundation to be flawless doesn’t come without some effort! But, don’t worry, these tips and tricks are easy to implement and won’t take up too much of your time. Chances are, you’re already doing some of them!

These foundation tips are for beginners to experienced makeup wearers, everyone, at every level can benefit from them!

1. Moisturise your skin

moisturise your skin for flawless foundation

This is probably the most important tip in the article! If your skin isn’t good then what goes on top of it also won’t be! Before we even get into how to layer your makeup, make sure you have a solid skincare routine. And the most important part is to make sure that you moisturise.

Skin that isn’t hydrated cracks under the foundation and that causes your foundation to look cakey. So yes, moisturise, moisturise and you guessed it- moisturise!

Check out my post on the best moisturisers for dry skin, and the best oil-free moisturisers.

2. Exfoliate Regularly


Exfoliating regularly takes away all the old dead skin cells that tend to sit on the surface of the skin. This results in a smoother canvas on which to apply makeup.

The smoother your skin, the smoother the foundation applies and the more flawless your skin will look. Exfoliating regularly also helps to keep spots and pimples away. Yup, when you let your dead skin cells sit on your skin for a while, they develop into spots, blackheads and the like!

Read: The Best Exfoliators for Dry Skin

Read: The Best Exfoliators for Oily Skin

3. Use a Primer


Using a primer before you apply foundation gives your skin a barrier between the skin and the foundation. Priming helps a lot with how your foundation looks, it helps makeup stay on longer and better. It also prevents the foundation from seeping into your skin. I highly recommend The Too Faced Born This Way Glow Radiance Boosting Moisturising Primer.

4. Mix Foundation With Moisturiser

This has got to be my favourite trick ever! Mixing a bit of my moisturiser with my foundation has never failed me! It’s like a guarantee for your skin that it will stay soft and hydrated throughout the day.

This trick is perfect for travel days- not that we’re doing much of that at the moment! By making sure that your skin stays hydrated, you will help your foundation stay on better and longer. It’s a win-win all around.

5. Use a foundation that has skincare properties


Welcome to the 21 century! Did you know that there are quite a few foundations that double up as skincare? They’re a hybrid of skincare and makeup and IMO, total genius.

These foundations tend to have ingredients that help keep your skin nourished and hydrated throughout the day. While you’re at play, they’re hard at work keeping your skin the best it can be. Read more about hybrid foundations in my post on the best foundations for mature skin.

6. Get your fingers to help

After you apply your foundation, use your fingers to press the foundation into your skin. This may sound dumb, but it helps so much. When you press and dab at your foundation, you are fusing it will your skin and at the same time making sure that it has all been rubbed in properly.

This is something that I have been doing for a few years now and it’s made such a difference to how my foundation looks. It really helps to give the skin that flawless finish.

7. Use the right tools

Sometimes it’s not the product that’s the problem, but rather the tools that you use. You need to find the one that works best for you.

My favourite way to blend my foundation in properly is with a damp beauty blender, or my fingers. But, everyone is different, so spend a few minutes figuring out what works best for you! If you use a brush, make sure it’s the correct brush for the foundation.

8. Use a setting powder

use a setting powder for flawless foundation

Some people believe that using a setting powder will make their foundation look cakey. And it can. The trick is finding the right setting powder and knowing where to apply it.

The reason I think using a setting powder is a must is that it gives the face a much more natural finish than foundation alone. If you have dry skin, I recommend skipping the powder on the dry areas.

I always skip under my eyes because I don’t like it when they crease. That being said, using a setting powder really helps makeup look and stay flawless! My favourite setting powder is the Rodial Glass Powder, but, there are plenty of other setting powders that are more affordable. Read my setting powder hacks for maximum use of your powder.

9. Flawless foundation hack

This hack has been making its rounds on the internet for some time now. It sounded a little too whacked for me so it took me a while to give it a try! Once I did though, there was no turning back! If you want flawless, smooth skin the WHOLE day, you need to try this hack!

Start with prepping your face with moisturiser and set it with setting powder before it has a chance to dry. Then use a setting spray to set the setting powder.

Once the setting spray has dried apply primer and continue your makeup as you usually would. This may sound like a complicated routine, but in reality, it only takes a minute longer and you will soon see the results are well worth it! Not only will your makeup last longer, but it will also give your skin a smoother, more flawless finish. Who would pass on that?!

My Thoughts

Having a flawless foundation is not unreachable for anyone. It’s all about figuring out what works for your individual needs and skin. I hope these flawless foundation tips have helped you figure out what you need!

Hollie xx


About Hollie

Hi, I’m Hollie, and I’m passionate about everything beauty. Over the last decade and a half, I’ve tested thousands of products to bring you the best of the best! I also love bringing you fun and creative beauty looks. Learn more.

Beauty profile – 35, dry, aging skin, focused on aging well with a healthy glow and natural makeup look ✨

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  1. Hello, I learnt a lot of helpful tricks and haw to use the foundation in daily or other situations. I didn’t know up to now that my skin is much more protected when I use a primer before using the foundation. The other thing that is new for me is to mix the foundation with the moisturizer cream. I will turn back to your site and share your articles. It is good to learn new things about beauty from you, Holly. 



    1. It’s the little tricks that make the biggest differences! 

      Thanks for stopping by

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