Today I felt like making a detailed step by step post on my foundation routine! This will include what I use to prep my face, what I use as foundation, what I use to highlight & contour, & what I use to set everything with! I also wanted to talk about this new popular “baking” method that a lot of beauty gurus are using to set their under eye highlight. Let me just say that “baking” your face works wonder if you don’t want to deal with creasing!
So lets get started!
I have to admit that my foundation routine is kind of boring… only because I use the same products over & over! But I just can’t find the heart to move onto new products when I’ve already found products & techniques that work for me! As always, I like to cleanse & exfoliate my face before I put on any makeup. I usually exfoliate my face at least 2 times a week!
I use my Spin brush & I pair it up with my favorite drugstore cleanser, Pacifica Sea Foam Facial Cleanser. If you’re still wondering if getting an actual face brush is worth it, I would recommend getting the Spin brush! It’s way cheaper than the Clarisonic & comes with 4 brush heads! If you’re interested in hearing more info on the Spin Brush, I made a little review video on it! Click here if you’re interested! There’s also a coupon code that you can use as well. Details are on the description box of my youtube video!
After exfoliating/cleansing my face, I move onto moisturizer & primer!
From Left to Right – Meaningful Beauty Cindy Crawford Day Creme, Meaningful Beauty Cindy Crawford Eye Enhancing Serum, Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer, Makeup Forever Step 1 Smoothing Face Primer
I like using my Too Faced Primer before my MUFE because it really hydrates my face. I only use the smoothing face primer where I have big pores, which is my T-Zone area!
This is my face with moisturizer & face primer on only
After prepping my face for foundation, I move onto my foundation application!
Left to Right – Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Wheat 3N2 & The Original Beauty Blender
This is my absolute holy grail foundation! If you’re looking for a new foundation to try, definitely check out the Estee Lauder Double Wear! It stays put all day & also is very buildable! Usually a light layer covers so much of my imperfections though! I love applying it with a damp beauty blender as it sheers out the foundation & gets rid of the cakeiness which makes it look more natural!
I apply my foundation all over my face but I avoid the under eye area since I’ll be going back to that area with a corrector & concealer! I find that if I put foundation under my eyes & go in with the concealer after, it looks way too cakey!
Mac’s Studio Fix Pressed Powder
I finally got a new powder to set my liquid foundation with! After hearing great things about this pressed powder, I am so glad to say that I’m very pleased with it! Since it is a foundation, I use it very lightly so that I don’t look cakey. What I love about this product is that it gives me an extra layer of coverage just in case the Estee Lauder did not give enough coverage!
After Foundation Face
I like to do my eyebrows & eye makeup after foundation but since this a post dedicated to my face routine, I’ll be talking about what I do after my eye makeup which is my highlighting/contouring routine! I also want to talk about the “baking” method that I use as well to set my under eyes. It truly works wonder & I don’t deal with creasing at all!
Left to Right – Micro Beauty Blender, Bobbi Brown Eye Corrector in Peach, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger, Ben Nye Luxury Powder in Banana
Since I have such dark under eyes, I go in with the corrector first! I use my concealer brush & apply my corrector in an upside down triangle, just like how I would apply my highlight!
After correcting, I move onto highlighting with my Nars concealer. This is still my all time favorite concealer for highlighting under the eyes & other areas of my face!
Highlighting my under eyes, forehead, & bridge of my nose
Then I blend my highlight with my damp micro beauty blender! I really love the size of this cause it’s the perfect size for the under eye area. After everything is blending, I start to set everything. This is where the baking method comes in, I take a regular sized damp beauty blender, dip it into my Ben Nye Banana Powder, & apply it straight to the areas that I highlighted. DO NOT BLEND IT IN. You just want the powder to sit on your face like so
It looks ridiculous but don’t worry it’ll come together in the end! Let the powder “bake” your face for about 5 minutes or so. While it’s baking, I like to do my contour, blush, & highlight!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit Shade in Fawn. What I use to contour my face first.
Makeup Forever Pro+Sculpting Duo in 02. I use the darker shade to warm/deepen my contoured area & I use the highlight to obviously highlight the high points of my cheek bones.
Nars Blush in Orgasm on the apple of my cheeks
Last but not least, I also use the The Balm’s Mary-Lou Manizer to highlight the high points of my cheeks as well.
After 5 minutes of my face being baked, I use a Sigma F35 (Tapered Highlighter) & I sweep off the excess powder!
Then I just set my face with Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray!
Well that basically sums up my foundation routine & how I bake my face! Have you guys ever tried the baking method? What do you think? I use to only set my face with the powder & it still was creasing at the end of the day so I tried this baking method because I saw Amrezy & Nikkietutorials use it! I’m so glad that I started!
What are your holy grail face products? & what part of makeup application do you enjoy the most? Face, eyes, or lips? 🙂