How to apply foundation

Foundation Tutorial – A step by step guide for beginners


Hello my lovelies! After the tremendous response to the contouring tutorial and on the suggestions of my friend I’m here with another tutorial for you. This is again a very basic thing and a step-by-step guide for you. I’m not saying that this is the best way to do it or THE way but this is one of the ways that it can be done. I will bring in tutorials showing alternative techniques for it and then you can best be the judge as to which way/finish you prefer.


How to apply foundation

Products used


This forms the basis of the contouring in the sense that we first use a little of our foundation to contour our face and then take it to the next level with the contouring powder and blush. So we just need 2 items for this – a foundation (using my present fav Revlon Whipped Foundation in the color Warm Golden) and a stippling brush (using Inglot 27TG). Now the way that I’m going to show you is not the right way to use a stippling brush ie this is not how it is actually meant to be used but this is the most common way that everyone uses it. I will do a separate tutorial for that. Let’s move on.


How to apply foundation

Points which needs to be highlighted


How to apply foundation

Foundation placement and application

Step 1


I start of with my cheeks. Taking a little of the foundation on the brush I tap it on to the high point of my cheek area. The idea behind this is that since this the area which needs to be highlighted during contouring we start by adding the product here. By doing this we are naturally creating a “lighted” area. Now taking the brush we will sweep the color towards the outer parts of our face in the direction shown. If more color is needed then add it to the high point and from there sweep it to where it is required. Sounds tedious I know but the idea behind it is keep the main focus on the high point and create a gradient like effect for the lower planes.


How to apply foundation

Applying foundation to the chin and upper lip


How to apply foundation

Applying foundation on the nose


Step 2

Next we come to the chin. Again place the foundation in the center and sweep it out to the sides. Use what is present on the brush to cover your upper lip area as well. Next dab some foundation on the bridge of your nose and sweep it down and to the sides. Try and cover the sides of your nose with your finger if you feel that the brush didn’t do the job.
How to apply foundation

Applying foundation to the forehead


Step 3


Now we will do the forehead. dab some color in the center and again brush it out towards your hairline and to the sides. Once we have covered our entire face with the product we can take a buffing brush or the same stippling brush and with circular movements buff down all around the face once to smoothen things out.


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Buff it all out



How to apply foundation



Step 4


And viola! We are done. Now you can apply your concealer as needed and finish the face with the contouring steps I showed you earlier (check that tutorial out HERE). A basic and simple way to do your foundation.There are many ways to do this and you need to find what fits best for you depending on the look and coverage that each method gives you. Remember practice makes perfect and don’t be afraid to experiment.


How to apply foundation

Before and After foundation application


How to apply foundation

Complete face makeup


Hope you guys liked this tutorial and will be trying it out for yourself. As usual your suggestions and feedback are more then welcome. Do get back to me and let me know what other kinds of tuts you would like me to do. Till next time – Bye!


  • wow! such a detailed post! awesome gurl!

  • Thank you 🙂

  • loveeeeeddd it ! thank you so much for doing this tut Shikha..really helpful 😀 and I totally apreciate the mehnat you did for this post. Taking step by step pics ain't fun (for lazy bums like me )
    keep them coming !

    • Thanks Sukanya 🙂 glad u liked it. Yes they are a big pain in the bum to do…Have been postponing it since forever 😛

  • Love how well u explained everything in detail Shikha.. awesome post..very helpful!

  • Love the way you did the picture tutorial..damm good and really helpful one 🙂

  • Love this so much. Thanks for sharing this.. 🙂

  • this is such a lovely tutorial…nicely executed…

  • You've done it so well! And you have really good skin too 🙂

  • U explain exceptionally well! Im not really comfortable applying a foundi n i found this post quite helpful!

    • Thanks Lee. Glad you liked it

  • This is so nice! Your tutorial really made me want to try the whipped colorstay, till now I wasn't sure how to apply it so it doesn't look cakey.. For foundation applications I love reading articles because you can always pick up useful tips (like here , PS Beauty website is great, all about foundation:). But I must admit seeing pictures with close ups is even more helpful.. Thanks!

  • wow the finish is so good!