There are 40 million foundation video tutorials out there, here are the only 7 you need


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Everyone learns how to do foundation differently. Some people have a hack from their moms, others get tips from their friends, and others just kind of wing it (I say as I, cough cough, and look away). So if you, like me, are in discovery mode for ways to make your morning routine quicker and more seamless, look no further than YouTube. It’s the holy grail of makeup advice, and honestly, one of the best resources to help you brush up on your skills.

Now, I can spend hours watching makeup tutorials, even when it’s for a look that I don’t want to recreate. As you’ll remember, however, I’m doing this reporting in the name of saving you time, so I’ve watched many, many foundation-application videos to deliver you the very best advice and the coolest tips and tricks. Keep on scrolling for my top seven for every skin concern, and then obviously send me your favorites ASAP so I can further my foundation-application knowledge.

Keep scrolling for 7 videos to help you brush up on foundation application.

1. Alissa Ashley: An all-over SEAMLESS foundation application

In this video, Ashley goes through her simple, full-coverage foundation routine. She uses one of her go-to foundations, the Tom Ford Waterproof Foundation ($87) “I just love the finish of it because it’s not too matte, not too dewy, it just looks really nice and skin-like,” she says.

2. Katy Everyday Makeup: BRING ON THE GLOW

This is the perfect dewy no-makeup makeup tutorial. Instead of foundation, Katy uses the Lancôme Skin Feels Good Hydrating Skin Tint Healthy Glow SPF 23 ($35).

3. Jackie Aina: SUMMER MAKEUP that sticks

Aina has oily skin, and relies on a simple trick to keep her skin from looking greasy. After applying her primer, and before adding foundation, she sets her face with the Too Faced Born This Way Multi-Use Complexion Powder ($37), then follows with foundation. In 2018, she worked with Too Faced to help expand their shade range.

4. Amanda Ensing: AVOID CAKing and creasing

Using only drug store products (yay, for your pocketbook!!) Ensing shows how keep full coverage foundation from creasing or looking too heavy. She uses the Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage Foundation ($12).

5. Bianca Renee Today: COVERING ACNE

Bianca Renee isn’t letting acne stand in the way of flawless-looking skin. She uses green and orange color correctors, which help balance out redness and dark spots, before applying the Cover FX Power Play Foundation ($44).

6. Christen Dominique: working with DRY TEXTURED SKIN

Christen Dominique’s routine begins the night before with the Belif Aqua Bomb Sleeping Mask ($34), to help hydrate and smooth her skin. For foundation, she uses the Clinique Even Better Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($30). “The cool thing is that this is actually helping your skin as you’re putting it on,” she says. “It’s actually helping to erase those dark spots.”

7. Luhhsetty: Camera-ready foundation

If you’re finally ready to conquer liquid highlighter and contour, this tutorial is perfect for a camera-ready finish. Lisette uses the Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer ($29) to lightly sculpt her face.

Craving more beauty tips? Watch this fitness instructor go through her 18-step skin care routine, and learn the common mistakes brow pros say they have to fix all. the. time. 

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