Just like how you’d choose to wear a fashion accessory like a scarf according to your needs (around the neck to keep warm or around the hair to keep it neat), there’s no just one way of wearing your foundation. Wear it according to your skin concerns and here’s how:

If you have oily skin…

Having oily skin also means that your foundation will tend to cake. The solution? Go less, go light. Instead of applying foundation all over your face, simply conceal blemishes and leave the rest of your skin bare. Pat on your foundation instead of swiping it on, and if you wish to, you can also dust powder all over your face to set the makeup.

If you have dry or dehydrated skin…

Foundation can sometimes emphasise fine lines and creases on the skin that are caused by dryness. To boost your skin’s hydration level, mix your foundation with a hydrating face cream. This helps the product to glide on more easily and doesn’t add weight to the skin.

Tools of the trade


  • Fingers: Even for those who are very experienced with using makeup may find their fingers the best tool for makeup application. The natural warmth from your fingers can help to blend products more easily, and at the same time, it’s quicker and easier to control. Just make sure that your hands are properly sanitised before you begin your makeup routine.
  • Cotton pads: If you find that your foundation is too fluid and can get messy if you use your fingers, consider using cotton pads instead. This is especially convenient and easy to use if you’re only applying foundation on specific spots on your face.
  • Sponges: Slightly dampened sponge (this means that you rinse it with water then squeeze excess off, instead of leaving it soaked) is a great tool for blending water-based foundation. Sponges help ensure that you have a smooth finish with minimal amount of product. Remember to wash and dry your sponges regularly to keep them clean.
  • Brushes: There’s a reason why you often see professional makeup artists use makeup brushes – it’s a great tool to control and build the foundation’s intensity. We’ve previously taught you what are the types of brushes available in the market and how you should choose them.  Similar to sponges, you have to wash your brushes regularly and properly.