Are You Making This Mistake When Applying Foundation?

apply foundation with downward strokes

When you apply your foundation, do you use upward or downward strokes?

When I first starting wearing it, all those years ago, I used both. I thought that, as long as the colour is applied evenly, who cares in which direction you sweep your brush. How wrong I was!

Sometimes, my foundation would look smooth and flawless, while at other times, a bit messy and not that seamless. I couldn’t figure out why. It was so frustrating! Then, the answer hit me.

Peach fuzz. I know, ladies. We all want to pretend that doesn’t exist, but the ugly truth is that we all have it, especially on the sides of our cheeks. Usually, this is invisible to the naked eye. Unless you apply foundation in the wrong way. Then, it suddenly becomes noticeable.

Peach fuzz usually grows downwards. So, when you apply your foundation with upwards strokes, the hairs stand up, becoming more noticeable and making your foundation look less smooth than it should. The same happens when you use swirly motions. So don’t. Use downward strokes instead.

Unless you’re one of the few people on whom peach fuzz grows upwards. In this case, you should use upwards motions too. In other words, when you apply foundation, sweep your brush in the same direction your peach fuzz grows. That way, you’ll always look flawless.

How do you apply your foundation?

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    • Marina, thanks. That’s YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation. I love the finish very much. It’s natural and dewy.

    • Icaria, thanks. It’s incredible how we tend to forget about simple things that should be obvious to everyone, isn’t it? It took me a while to figure it out too. lol.

  1. Thank you so much for this tip! Seemed to work for me perfectly the last time I tried. I follow many beauty bloggers and youtubers, but I can’t really remember anyone mentioning this. And also your suggestion about trying out foundation on my chest. Many of them say that it should match your body, but, as far as I know, none of them suggests to put it right onto the chest. Surprisingly, there are still lots of them who advice trying out on the neck. I’m so glad I know it isn’t right and I’m amazed how much I can learn even after years of being interested in make-up. Thanks again! :)

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