For years I have been trying and testing natural liquid foundations. What they all have in common are lovely ingredients which offer skincare benefits, but also a degree of difficulty when it comes to application. Natural foundations don’t contain synthetic ingredients which help them slip, slide and spread easily, so you need to work quickly.

Despite this, a switch to a natural liquid foundation is well worth it and there are ways that you can make the transition smoother. I wanted to share with you some application tips and tricks that I have picked up along the way which will hopefully help you.

1. Exfoliation

I’ve found that some natural liquid foundations can highlight dry and flakey patches so prep the skin well by making sure any dry areas are exfoliated. You don’t need to do this before every application, just make sure you are consistent with your exfoliation routine during the week. I love the Sodashi Enzyme Face Polish and I use it up to twice a week.


2. Prime

Use a primer prior to applying your foundation to create a smooth base (see my review of the Vapour Organic Beauty Stratus Soft Focus Perfecting Primer). You want to put your foundation on a couple of minutes after this step.


3. One drop

Take one drop of facial oil such as rosehip seed oil or the Pollen Botanicals Super Seed Serum and mix it into the foundation on the back of your hand before applying. It gives the product a little bit of slip and more time for you to work it into your skin.  If you have an oily skin type, you may be able to skip this step altogether.

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4. Tools

Experiment by testing how your foundation applies with a brush, fingers or a sponge. Personally, I am not a fan of using brushes with natural foundations because the finish can be streaky, but others certainly use them and love them. I apply it with my fingers because the warmth helps to melt it into the skin and then I dab it with a damp Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge for a seamless finish.


5. Powder

I usually tend to shy away from powders but I do like to use them in areas where foundation is likely to crease or collect; the under eye area, smile lines and around the nose. I use the rms beauty Tinted “Un” Powder #22 with a Real Techniques Setting Brush.

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My last piece of advice to you would be to try to get a sample before buying a full size foundation. Most online retailers are quite accommodating if you contact them and ask for samples.

If you’d like to read about my favourite natural foundation, you can do so here.

I have not tried all the natural foundations out there (only about 10!) so I would love to hear from you about your favourites. Drop me a line or comment below.

I hope you and your skin enjoy the switch to natural foundation!




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