Personally, I LOVE using makeup sponges! They blend out concealer like a dream it looks so airbrushed. I like to use them damp but try to squeeze out as much water as possible so it’s just barely wet. However you could also use it dry.
I prefer makeup sponges like the Beauty Blenders but there are more affordable options at most drugstores nowadays. Ulta and Sonia Kashuk sold at Target make great cheaper ones. The pointed tip is great for blending out concealer under the eye!
Synthetic blending brushes work great as well like synthetic fluffy blending brushes, like a regular fluffy eyeshadow blending brush but synthetic. Synthetic works better than natural hair brushes because they work better with liquid & cream products while natural hair brushes work better with powder products.
Sigma makes a great selection of small synthetic blending brushes
Real Technique’s sold at Ulta and some Walgreens and Walmarts make a great selection of synthetic brushes, their deluxe crease brush works great for blending out under eye concealer.
When I was 14/15 I had horrible acne and sensitive skin. I was trying to find a foundation to cover my breakouts but not make them worse, and had very little luck. Eventually, I found Cover FX Natural FX water-based foundation. The foundation has insane coverage, it's not heavy, it looks very natural, and it made my skin healthier! It's good for both dry and oily skin as it has no oil but is still emulsive. I thought I might tell you about it so you may refer acne prone people to it. (:
Thank you for your input! I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Cover FX brand actually :)
Cover FX is a brand sold at Sephora for anyone interested!
Primer will usually do one of two things
- Help your makeup last longer, good for those with oily skin or wear makeup for long periods of time for work and such.
- Fill in any pores, fine lines, etc so make your skin look really smooth so when you apply foundation your face looks more smooth & flawless.
Some primers do both, but usually one specializes in one or the other. You usually pick a primer based on your skin’s needs so if you have oily skin you’ll go for a primer to help control oils and if you have dry skin with large pores you’ll go for a smoothing primer.
Moisturizer will help your foundation blend and sit on the skin better and is overall vital for good skin health. When you apply foundation on dry skin you can easily look cakey, moisturizer gives your foundation a smooth, moisturized base to be applied on. You apply moisturizer first and then primer, however you should apply moisturizer day and night after you wash your face :)
My favorite primer from MAC is their Prep & Prime Skin Base, it helps smooth out the skin but still helps your makeup last longer. A great basic primer for all skin types :)
Hi there! I have a post all about oily skin under my Makeup Tips link on the top of my page if you’d like to check that out :)
But some great primers for oily skin are
- Neutrogena Shine Control primer
- Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro primer
- Boots No. 7 Beautifully Matte Makeup Base (sold at Target and Walgreens)
- Phillip’s Milk Of Magnesia, sounds a little crazy I know because it’s not a makeup product but it’s works as a great affordable primer for oily skin!
- Smashbox Photofinish Light (make sure to get the Light, white version not the original)
- NARS Pore Refining Primer
- MAC Matte (it’s just called matte lol)
- Benefit Porefessional (pore minimizing primers are great for controlling oils)
- Lorac Porefection Mattifying primer