There are so many different types of foundations. Creams, liquids, powders, liquids-to-powders, powders-to-liquids, airbrushing products. After doing years of my own research, these are the top foundations I have found and the step-by-step instructions to a flawless complexion. Note this is after cleansing, toning and moisturizing skin, as well as using a primer. I'll do a pre-makeup prep article as my next post.
These are the best ways to apply these foundations:
1. Beauty Blender - The best way to use a beauty blender is to get it wet and wring it out so that it feels soft and puffy. This way the foundation mixes a bit with the water on the Beauty Blender and makes it look and feel like an airbrushed application. For skincare you can wring out your beauty blender with facial toner, such as Aveda's Botanical Kinetics Toning Mist. For more staying power you can use a setting spray to wet the beauty blender so it mixes with the foundation on top of your primer.
2. For Bare Minerals Loose Powder Foundation your best bet is using a kabuki brush such as the Sephora's Multitasker Powder Brush in #45 which also is available in a travel size option to fit in your purse for touch-ups.
3. Another tip is using Bare Minerals Soft Focus Eyeshadow brush as a mini kabuki brush for more concentration of color on smaller blemishes or areas of hyper-pigmentation. It seriously works wonders!
After setting any liquid foundation in order for it to stay put, its so important to put on a setting powder before any other powders such as blush, highlighters or bronzers. This ensures an even application of any powders following your liquid foundation. Personally I use Cinema Secrets translucent loose setting powder in "Colorless" with a big powder brush. It's applied evenly after tapping the brush once the product is on to get an even disbursement of the product before applying. This is finely milled and not detectable on camera. For a more glowing effect, Aveda's Inner Light Mineral Loose Powder is exceptional.
For under the eyes its beneficial to use a brightening setting powder for concealer. When setting concealer even with translucent powder, the color tends to darken just a bit. My secret is using Laura Mercier's Secret Brightening Powder
For Undereyes. The best way to apply it is to use the Bare Minerals Soft Focus Eyeshadow brush. Make sure before applying powder that the under the eye is smooth and the liquid concealer has not sunken into any fine lines.
Last but not least is the setting spray. I've tried many but my favorite has to be Urban Decay's De-Slick or All-Nighter, depending on your skin type. Oily/Combination skin for De-Slick and Normal/Dry skin for All-Nighter. Another option is to set your makeup with toning mist. Its more of a hydrating option for those with mature or dry skin.
Have fun and remember that its just makeup! Don't let it intimidate you because the more you play with it the easier and more enjoyable it gets!