By Sheila Arkee
Upon first glance, foundation that is contained in a spray can seems incredibly intriguing and intimidating at the same time. Foundation you can spray all over your face? Incredible! But how exactly do you put it on?!
However, applying it can be a teensy bit tricky. Although it seems natural just to spray it directly from the can onto your face like you would with a traditional airbrush gun, the fact of the matter is that the trajectory of a spray foundation is much different than that of an airbrush gun.
Because it has a defined needle in the nozzle, the airbrush gun applies foundation in a fairly controlled stream, allowing for a clean application.
But the spray can has a much larger, less controlled trajectory, just like a can of hair spray. In other words, you’ll get foundation in places other than your face!
I’m not saying you can’t apply the foundation straight from the spray can, but for the best results that won’t necessitate you covering your hair and clothes with protective gear, here’s what you need to do!
Step 1: Spray a bit of foundaion into the palm of your hand…
…or, if you would prefer a non-porous surface, like this glass petri dish.
See how the foundation is bubbling? That’s what makes spray can foundation so great – it’s a really thin, easily blendable base with medium coverage. It slips on the skin and feels really light, which is one of my favorite features about this type of foundation.
Step 2: Use your fingers or a makeup brush to apply the foundation to your skin and blend. You may have to re-spray the foundation a couple of times to cover your entire face.
Step 3: Set. No matter what a persons skin type, I always recommend setting any kind of foundation with some kind of powder to help with long-term wearability.
In my case, I’ve been using NYX’s HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Powder with Sally Hansen’s foundation with really beautiful results. I am in love with this combo! I blend a bit of powder into my skin with a kabuki brush for a flawless finish that covers and keeps all day.
More foundation breakdowns will be coming soon … I’m planning on tying everything together with one big “Foundation 101″ post eventually!
*NYX provided for consideration.