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How To Apply Foundation Easily For A Natural Look

jars of foundation and makeup brushes

How do I make my foundation look natural, every time?

This is one of the most common questions I receive.

Aside from using safe, clean, and more natural products, many women want to have a natural look and not appear totally made up. 

When it comes to makeup, your foundational face should be your first order of business to achieve that natural, glowing look.

Atop great skin, of course, (but that's another topic).

Let's get started with this really simple, very easy foundation tutorial.  

lisa with out makeup, before photo, holding a jar of sbm powder makeup

Lisa, with out makeup - before photo

5 (optional) Steps 

We'll discuss 5 steps in this tutorial, but you can do just one or two of these or maybe all of these. Totally up to you, depending on your needs.  

Step 1. Primer 

A primer is one of the best things you can do when it comes to applying makeup. It helps create a smooth, silky, canvas for a flawless application. It also helps to minimize your pores and fine lines and help your makeup last much longer.

When to Use:

Use a primer if you live in a hot, humid climate. It helps the makeup stay a little longer. You may also need to use a primer if you have larger pores, as it helps minimize pores as well as fine lines.

Product Options:

You can either use the Pure Primer or the Embellish Pro-Aging Primer.

The Pure Primer is an effective and wonderful choice for nearly all skin types and skin tones (since our Primers are nearly translucent they will work for dark or light skin tones alike). With only three effective, pure, and natural ingredients it is perfect even for super sensitive skin, and it will give you your most flawless, beautiful foundation application ever. 

Embellish Pro-Aging Primer is a treatment powder with beneficial ingredients for slight exfoliation, help with skin's natural glow, and antioxidant support. It is a truly extraordinary option for mature skin as it works not only as a luxurious treatment powder, but it helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Applicator to use:

The Foundation Airbrush. 

How to use: 

You don't need much product. Think about sprinkling a little cinnamon or nutmeg on your latte. That's just about how much you need. (Don't you just love that analogy?)

To actually apply your primer, simply tap a little product into the lid of your jar, swirl your brush, tap off any excess, and then apply it by buffing it into your face. 

I typically start in the middle of my face because that's where I have the issues that I want to cover. And then work my way outward. 

Some people opt to start from the outside and then work inward. It depends on your skin and where you need the most work.  

 READ:  All About Powder Face Primers 


Your primers & your tools

Step 2. Foundation 

I am using the Sensy Rich Mineral Foundation formula, which gives velvety full coverage finish. 

Product Options:

We offer four totally unique, hand-crafted, high-quality, pure mineral makeup foundation formulas for you to choose from. Select a formula best suited to your needs.

Here's a quick list:

  • Ultra Light Mineral FoundationThis light, airy, and barely there loose mineral foundation is the perfect pick for beauties who want just a touch of coverage– minimalistic & fresh-faced.
  • Perfect Cover Foundation.  Perfect cover is best suited for oily, normal, combination, dry, and mature skin types. This is perfect for everyday wear, you can add more or less depending on the level of coverage you desire on any given day including any special occasions you might desire a fuller coverage for (simply buff in an extra layer or two).
  • Sensy Rich Mineral FoundationThis is a wonderful choice for sensitive skin, or simply any beauty desiring a more complete, creamy and velvety finish.
  • Antioxidant Liquid Foundation This formula provides long-lasting coverage that will resist settling into fine lines for a long wearing finish while providing yummy pro-aging and anti-inflammatory skincare ingredients like organic aloe, organic jojoba, and vegan MSM and DMAE.
  • Perfectly Pressed Mineral Foundation. This convenient compact offers beautifully full, long lasting coverage. 

Applicators to Use:

Use denser Foundation Airbrush for the face and bigger fluffier brush for the décolletage and neck area if you like. 

How to Use:

Just like your primer, simply tap a little product into the lid of your jar, swirl your Foundation Airbrush, tap off any excess, and then apply it by buffing it into your face. I usually start from the middle part of my face and then work my way out.

Don't forget to work on the jaw and the décolletage and neck area. 

You can stop here. That could be your foundation.  

A Quick Note About Powder Makeup Myth

A lot of women believe that mature skins can’t wear powder makeup. Contrary to this, I know a lot of women who love using powder; and of course, others prefer liquid foundation. I believe everyone needs to choose what works best for them. 

For me, powder is so easy.   


Step 3. Concealer

If you have any discoloration, like dark circles under the eyes or maybe some redness, using concealer or color corrector can help. 

Product Options:

Know the type of concealer/color corrector you need.

  • Flesh tone concealer -  use a shade to match your complexion, or one to two shades lighter:  Fair, Fair/Med and Medium.
  • Green corrector -  hides redness, acne, rosacea, spider veins, sunburn and port wine stains. (In fact, not only will it hide, it will help heal as well due to the zinc oxide).
  • Yellow corrector - hides blue/grey circles under your eyes, blueish bruises and under eye circles.
  • Pink corrector - brightens up dull or tired skin and hides brown spots.
  • Peach corrector - for darker skin tones, and works wonders for hyper pigmentation and neutralizing dark circles. It even works for dark spots and sun damage.

Applicator to Use:

I like using the Mini Fluff Brush with powder concealer. 

How to Use: 

As with the the foundational makeup, you don't need to use a lot of product. You just need to pick up the minerals from the lid (remember, it's just like the amount of cinnamon or nutmeg you sprinkle to your latte!), tap the excess and apply on your face. 

If you need extra coverage, you might need a liquid concealer. I found this to be a good one.

 READ:  What have you got to hide? Natural Mineral Makeup Concealers 

Step 4. Finish Powder

I'm using the new finish powder in the shop: Silken Beige Finish Powder.

Finish powder helps blend everything seamlessly, especially if you're using blush. It gives blurred softness and glowing look to your skin and helps make sure there are no lines of demarcation.  

Applicator to Use:

I'd like to use big fluffy brush.

How to Use: 

When it comes to finish powders, there are two schools of thought: 

  1. You can use it on top of your foundational makeup; and
  2. You can apply your blush and then go over with finish powder.

In applying the finish powder, I usually start at the T-zone and then bring it out.  

Step 5. Radiance

We have a new product (coming soon) in the shop: the Candlelight Radiance Powder.  

Applicator to Use: 

Today I used the Perfect Blush Brush  for applying the radiance powder. 

How to Use:

Tap some product into the lid, and pick up some powder with the blush brush. Tap the excess.

You can use it all over your face lightly using a fluffy brush, like the Fluffy Powder Brush.

Or you can use the Radiance Powder as highlighter. Pat on the C area around the eye, right above the brow and on the cheekbones.   

lisa after image - makeup on


 Watch the full tutorial here.


Foundational Makeup

Silken Beige Finish Powder​
Embellish Pro-Aging Primer  Sensy Rich Mineral Foundation Fair Concealer Silken Beige Finish Powder Perfectly Pressed Mineral Foundation


Foundation Airbrush Mini Fluff Brush Perfect Blush Brush 


Watch previous foundation application video tutorials



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