How To: Apply Cream Foundation

So, you’ve got this cream foundation and you don’t know how to apply it. We can fix that! You’ll need:

Moisturizing spray, a white goat hair brush, and a cream foundation of your choice

I chose MAC Fix+ ($19)because it’s what I have, but you could also try The Body Shop Vitamin E Spray ($16) or e.l.f. Makeup Mist & Set ($3). I also tried a number of brushes including the MAC 109 and several duo fibre brushes. All left black bristles behind. I settled on the soft white goat hair MAC 168 brush ($32) – you might find a decent substitute from Sigma. For this tutorial I used Becca Stick Foundation in Praline (reviewed here). Ok, on with the show!

 Start with clean, moisturized skin.


Apply your cream foundation in broad strokes – go crazy!

Spritz your brush with setting spray and start working the cream foundation into your skin. If you start to feel a lot of drag, spritz your brush again.

Foundation Only

Set with powder, then apply the rest of your makeup!

BECCA Stick Foundation in Praline + Beach Tint in Watermelon

And you’re done! See? That wasn’t so bad.

Do you ever wear cream foundation? How do you apply it?

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5 Responses to How To: Apply Cream Foundation

  1. LaBelleMuse July 22, 2011 at 11.24 am #

    I know the stippling brushes can leave soem black hairs behind sometimes but I LOVE the airbrushed finished the stippling brushes give me. Great post!

    • Katie July 22, 2011 at 11.26 pm #

      Thanks! I like the stippling brushes for actual stippling, but with this cream I needed to rub it into the skin for a natural finish.

  2. Annabella Freeman July 23, 2011 at 6.46 pm #

    I have a stick foundation from Bobbi Brown and I apply the same way you do but I never put any on my nose as my pores are big and it just sits in them. I go over my nose with a sponge after I’ve applied the rest of my makeup so there is just a little bit and the I set with minimal powder.

  3. Joyce August 10, 2011 at 11.29 pm #

    Cream foundations usually have a thicker consistency and a dense synthetic brush would work better like the Sigma F80 or F82. Also, synthetic brushes won’t shed when used with cream products.

    • Katie August 12, 2011 at 9.46 am #

      I have 1 black synthetic brush left that I can try, thanks for the tip.

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