How to Apply Your Wedding-Day Foundation Like a Pro

Hair & Beauty
Wedding makeup foundation tips

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You can splurge on the most expensive foundation for your wedding day, but if you aren't applying it correctly, it probably won't give you the professional, airbrushed finish you're looking for. This is also true in the reverse — an inexpensive foundation can look totally luxurious if you're using the right tools. From makeup brushes to sponges and even your fingers, we're telling you how to make the most of them so you can have a makeup artist-perfect skin for your big day.

The Tool: Your Fingers
Works Well With: Tinted moisturizer and the alphabet creams (bb, cc, get the idea.)
Coverage: Light
Application Tip: This one's pretty much foolproof, so it's especially great for low-maintenance brides. The diluted color makes tinted moisturizers super blendable already, so all it takes is a bit of heat from your hand for ultra-smooth application. Finish by patting it in with your fingers to ensure a second-skin texture. Don't forget to wash your hands before applying, though, since bacteria and oils from your hands can lead to a breakout.

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The Tool: Egg Sponge
Works Well With: Liquid and cream foundations
Coverage: Providing sheer but build able coverage, the egg sponge easily lets you control the amount of makeup you apply. It's an excellent tool for reapplication during your wedding day, too, since it won't create that cake-y, layered look.
Application Tip: Soak it in water, letting it absorb enough until it expands. Squeeze out the excess water and then dip it into foundation. The pointed tip is especially great for covering the sides of your nose and under eyes.
Try BeautyBlender, $19.95, available at Sephora

The Tool: Tapered Dome Brush
Works Well With: Liquid foundation
Coverage: Full
Application Tip: If you're a die-hard makeup brush fan, this classic rounded brush will give you pretty, full-coverage results. Drop a few pumps of foundation into the palm of your hand to warm it up then dip the brush in and apply to your face using circular motions.
Try Hourglass Foundation/Blush Brush No. 2, $58, available at Hourglass Cosmetics

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The Tool: Stippling Brush
Works Well With: Liquid and cream foundations
Coverage: Sheer, high-definition finish
Application Tip: To stipple literally means to dot — and that's exactly what the bristles of this feathery brush are shaped to do. With its light, soft top, you won't have to worry about applying too much, especially when you're using a heavy cream foundation.
Try Sonia Kashuk Core Tools Large Duo Fibre Multipurpose Brush, $12.99, available at Target

The Tool: Flat Brush
Works Well With: Setting and bronzing powders
Coverage: Light to medium
Application Tip: The sheer amount of bristles in oval paddle brushes — much more than traditional brushes — makes them super easy to swipe on finishing powder, bronzer, and highlighter to create a natural-looking finish. (For brides wearing strapless, it works flawlessly on your neck and décolletage, too!)
Try Artis Elite Makeup Brush Oval 8, $52, available at Artis Brush

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The Tool: Kabuki Brush
Works Well With: Loose powder foundation
Coverage: Full
Application Tip: This brush's rounded, full shape makes loose powder a cinch to apply. Start from the inside of your face, which is where you usually need the most coverage, and make swirling motions until you're satisfied with the results. Voilà! A flawless, matte finish.
Try BareMinerals Full Coverage Kabuki Brush, $28, available at Bare Escentuals

The Tool: Slanted Brush
Works Well With: Contouring with powder blush and bronzer
Coverage: Light and natural
Application Tip: Want to sculpt cheekbones for your big day? The angle of this brush will effortlessly glide underneath your cheeks to create subtle definition.
Try Tarte The Slenderizer Bamboo Contouring Brush, $32, available at Sephora

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