Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Applying foundation with the 190 brush is one application method to use with liquid or cream foundation. It is not my personal favorite, but I thought I’d show you how based on a request by reader Roxanne.

Products Used

  • MAC 190 Brush
  • Make Up For Ever HD Foundation
  • MAC Margin Blush
  • MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder
  • Water

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25 thoughts on “Video Tutorial: How to Apply Foundation with the 190 Brush

  1. Mary

    This is great, thanks so much–are you thinking of doing a tutorial applying a powder foundation??

  2. Diabla

    This brush seems to do a decent job. Why don’t you like it, Christine? A question of preference for the 109?

  3. JT

    I love Makeup Forever foundation, but I haven’t been able to wear any for the last few months since I have been breaking out due to hormones. :(

  4. Chiara

    This tutorial has been so helpful! I have a question : What kind of brush would you recommend when using Studio Fix Fluid?

  5. ni

    why do you spray water on your face and on the foundation before application? thanks!

  6. Ana

    Hi Christine!

    I found your site yesterday and I’m already addicted to it and your videos.

    I tried to find some tutorial on how to apply concealer (I usually have greyish circles around my eyes and the foundation usually isn’t enough to hide them) and I couldn’t find any, so would you please consider making a tutorial on concealers?

    Thank you so much! Keep up the amazing work, we all appreciate it.

    • Thanks so much, Ana! I will definitely consider it :) I appreciate you expressing your interest in a concealer tutorial!

      But just a little text version: I like the 217 to apply concealer. It’s fluffy so it can blend and really get the product into the area. I apply concealer first, then foundation on top, and finally set everything with loose/translucent powder.

      • Ana

        Thanks! I look forward to viewing the video then. And thank you for the tips.

        Which type of concealer do you consider to be the best? I have a Chanel sticker but I’ve read that the liquid ones are better.

      • Ana

        Oh my… Obviously it isn’t a sticker, but a stick. Now a sticker would be something weird :) My English is definitely rusty.

  7. mano

    Hi. Tis website is my most precious discovery, i believe!
    I have a queaton for you. I’m on my hunt for the most suitable foundation for my oily skin with uneven skin tone and post-acne marks and recently satrted using bare minerals. I dont see any review of yours about it and I dont seem to have luck eith it either.

    Just wondering if there is any reason why u haven’t revewed bare escentuals and please recommend the best founation, brush and setting powder for me. Sorry for too many questions and thanx in adv.

    • Thanks so much, Mano!

      I actually don’t like mineral makeup very much. I just don’t find it works very well and always accentuates dryness rather than covers it!

      MUFE HD is a good foundation that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg (my favorite is Guerlain Paruare Gold, but it’s a whoppin’ $78!). I love MAC 109 for a brush, and Laura Mercier’s setting powder.

  8. Lauren

    this is great! this really helped me, now i know how to apply my blush without over doing it! i love your site – you really answer alot of questions better than some of the artists i’ve spoken to at some mac stores.
    i use mac foundation nw35 along with their bronzer and blush. i usually put on the foundation then the bronzer then the blush but it always comes out looking heavy and painted on. am i supposed to apply the bronzer with the foundation? how do i apply bronzer without it looking heavy and how do i make it look good with the blush?! helppp!

    • Hi Lauren,

      Lightly sweep the bronzer on, and then pat the blush on. I would then take a buffing brush or loose setting powder to help diffuse it so it looks more natural!

  9. Crystak

    Where did you get that sprayer? I’ve been on the hunt for one of those forever!!