The first thing to use after you have applied your foundation and concealers is a finishing powder.
This can be just a regular face powder; other names for this is setting powder and finishing powder, or translucent powder.
I typically stay away from a translucent powder, because although it says it is translucent, the powder is a chalky white color which washes me out, and settles into my pores in the oily part of my combination skin, and it looks like I have some horrible spotted skin prolem. I am constantly checking my skin so that I can rub the powder back in when it starts settling. That does not make for a fun day.
The foundation I typically use (Make-Up Forever in shade N120) is a bit lighter than the rest of my body, so I typically choose a powder that is slightly tan to use as my finishing powder.
What this does, is stick to your concealer and foundation and seal it all in.
Like I have said before, I have combination skin, so I have really dry areas of my face that gets a bit powdery, and other parts of my face is slightly oily and absorbs the powder. What I am trying to achieve is even looking skin with no cakey powdery spots. Here is where the next step perfects everything.....
I have two small beauty blending sponges. I am showing both, but I alternate each day between them for cleaning purposes. One is not better than the other. They both work the exact same.
The pink one is a teardrop shape sponge.
They are essentially the same thing as the Beauty Blender® just with a different name, and a oodles cheaper.
This is the last step for foundation application. This step is the perfecting portion, and the beauty sponge helps prolong your foundation even further.
You wet the sponge, and slightly squeeze the excess water out, until it is pretty damp still, and use the sponge to dab and roll all over my face. I like to dab around my eyes (with the pointed end), in-between my eyebrows and underneath my jaw line (with the large end), but I will roll it on it's side everywhere else on my face.
The sponge adds a little bit of moisture, melting the powder and foundation together for a really even application, and takes away that powdery look from the finishing powder. I apply my bronzer, blush and highlighter after (Just my preference), but you can apply all of that before you use the sponge.
You can even use this little sponge to apply your foundation directly to your face. You can dab it on with the large end and blend it, or you can dab it on, and use a stippling brush (MAC 130) to blend it in.
Cleaning it is easy. Just use a little bit of antibacterial soap and squeeze it in the sponge, and run it under water continually squeezing until the water runs clear and lay on a terry towel to air dry.
E.L.F. Powder Brush $3. You can purchase this at Walgreens, Target, KMart, etc....
Pür Minerals 4-in-1 Powder $27 Free Shipping. Purchase HERE
Winstonia Beauty Sponge in blue $6.25 Free Shipping. Purchase HERE
mentioned. This is my own personal review on this purchased item***
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