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How to Blend Foundation Without a Beauty Blender (3 Easy Ways)

by Sandy Taylor

Although it’s much easier to blend your foundation with a beauty blender, there are other easy ways to blend your makeup if you don’t have a beauty blender.

Here are 3 easy ways to blend your foundation without a beauty blender:


Apply and Blend Foundation with Your Hands

Using your hands is one of the best ways to blend your makeup. It does take some practice but it’s a very handy skill to have.

Here is what you need to do:

Step 1: Clean your hands with soap and water

Step 2: Plan your application by mentally diving your face into separate areas. For example, the areas can be defined as: cheeks, forehead, nose, chin and jawline. Make a mental note as to where each area should begin and end.

Step 3: Dab some makeup onto your finger tips and dot it around your face. Ensure that there is enough product in each dot for each area including your cheeks, forehead, nose, chin and jawline.

Step 4: Using your fingers, spread the foundation in each area. Use a circular motion around your cheeks and forehead. Rub the foundation along the bridge of your nose on either side, then blend it with your cheeks using an outward motion. If a certain area requires more coverage, dab more foundation in those areas and spread some more.

Step 5: For the area under your jawline and chin, blend the foundation in by using a vertical motion starting from your jawline or chin and work towards your neck.

Step 6: The lines where the areas overlap will be uneven because it has more foundation displaced by other areas. Blend this out by using your middle and index finger. Gently blend in an outward motion. You will notice that some excess foundation will stick to your fingers which will help even the coverage.

Step 7: Repeat step 4 for other areas that have uneven coverage.

If you followed these steps correctly, your skin will appear smooth with even coverage. Like I mentioned before, this skill takes a few times before you can nail it perfectly so it’s not a good idea to try this just before a night out.

Apply and Blend Foundation with a Flat Brush

Using foundation brushes is one of my favorite ways to blend foundation. Brushes make it easy for you to even your skin tone, making your skin look natural and gives you that beautiful air brushed look.

Here’s how to apply and blend foundation with a flat brush:

Step 1: With a flat brush, dab a bit of foundation and apply it on your face. This part feels like you’re “painting” your face with the foundation. The idea is to use the brush to spread the foundation until all areas of your face is covered. Using the flat brush, you can control the coverage you need and easily thin out the areas with too much coverage by spreading the foundation to nearby areas.Don’t overload your brush with too much foundation. You want to spread the foundation until your brush runs out then apply some more product on the brush.

Step 2: Dab the tip of your flat brush in some foundation and swirl the tip of the brush onto your skin in a circular motion. You want to be gentle here. Do this on areas with large pores to blend them in. Use this technique to buff areas of your face where more coverage is required.

Step 3: For the finishing touch, pad your foundation brush on areas that seem uneven or has too much coverage. This allows you to even your complexion without it looking cakey.

Apply and Blend Foundation with a Sponge Wedge

Using a sponge wedge is another great way to blend your foundation. It’s easy and is a good alternative if you don’t have a beauty blender.

Here’s how to apply and blend foundation with sponge wedge:

Step 1: Damp the sponge by wetting it and squeezing out the water. You don’t want a soaking sponge. It should be damp with no water dripping out. You need to do this because wet sponge will suck up your foundation, while the water in a damp sponge will displace the makeup and keeping it on the surface of the sponge. This will make it easier for you to glide on the makeup.

Step 2: Dab the flat side of the sponge into foundation and begin applying the makeup on your face. You can use the flat side to glide the foundation and spread around your face. Go over areas that have too much coverage a few time to help thin out the coverage.

Step 3: Pad the flat side of the sponge with makeup onto top of your foundation to help blend it in. This helps to create a smooth complexion. You can also thin out areas with too much makeup with this technique.

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