Basic Foundation Tutorial (Video)

by Rati on April 25, 2010 · 62 comments

Foundations Used:

  • Liquid Foundation : MAC Satin Finish SPF 15 Foundation
  • Cream Foundation- MAX Factor Age Defying Foundation
  • Powder : The Body Shop Loose Powder

Brushes used :

  • Colorbar Foundation Brush
  • The Body Shop Nature’s Mineral Foundation Brush
  • MAC Fix Plus
  • Fab India Rose Water

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ki. April 25, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Rati… you are so so cute! :-* Love the pouty expression in the end! And I learnt a LOT from this video – especially the warming the hands bit. So simple, yet something no one would eVER think of by themselves! ๐Ÿ˜›

I have a questions – fix + can be used to set all types of makeup right? not just powder? Also, won’t something liquidy like this rub off your makeup? Silly, I know but I always wondered why it doesn’t!!! ๐Ÿ˜•
.-= ki.´s last blog ..My first major beauty review published!!! =-.


Rati April 25, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Thank you Ki. ๐Ÿ˜› Yes fix + can be used to set every different kind of makeup and that’s what it is meant for. It does not rub off the cream or liquid foundation. It has rose water , which a lot of makeup artists use as a make up fixer. I am not too sure of the makeup fixing properties of rose water. It’s just a tip that I got from one of the MUAs. :)


ki. April 25, 2010 at 11:03 pm

I’ll try it then. :))

Where’d you find the sponge? :) it’s so cute :inlove:
.-= ki.´s last blog ..My first major beauty review published!!! =-.


Rati April 25, 2010 at 11:06 pm

These are the Vega sponges. Rs 45 for 4. You would be able to get them at any cosmetic store. :)


ki. April 26, 2010 at 10:34 am

Will search for them :))
.-= ki.´s last blog ..My first major beauty review published!!! =-.


ki. April 25, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Also, :inlove: the earrings! ๐Ÿ˜€
.-= ki.´s last blog ..My first major beauty review published!!! =-.


Rati April 25, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Thank you. I love your Avatar. I don’t know how to explain it but it’s very interesting. :)


ki. April 25, 2010 at 11:02 pm

I’m looking intently at lipgloss ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€
.-= ki.´s last blog ..My first major beauty review published!!! =-.


Rati April 25, 2010 at 11:09 pm

I should be surprized but I am not. ๐Ÿ˜€


ki. April 26, 2010 at 10:30 am

๐Ÿ˜› :rotfl:
.-= ki.´s last blog ..My first major beauty review published!!! =-.


dvja April 25, 2010 at 8:42 pm

again, master at work :)

one day, this woud be people’s phrase :)

the day is not so far :)


Rati April 25, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Gawd! Divija. That’s a huge compliment. :)


Poornima April 25, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Thank you so much Rati..In fact, today I was about to DM you and ask for sometips on max factor i saw this vid and you have shown a demo..Lovely.

Somehow, I have always felt uncomfortable using cream/liquid foundation as it made me feel un natural..LOL. So it was always powder for me. Now that I have Max factor, I guess i need to get over that..


Rati April 25, 2010 at 10:34 pm

I am so loving MAx Factor foundation. It’s just like your second skin. I also took time in getting used to liquid foundation. I still end up using only TBS loose powder as a base. Glad you liked it. :)


Wanderlust April 25, 2010 at 9:06 pm


Are you using your cream foundation on top of your liquid foundation for concealing purposes? ?:-)


Rati April 25, 2010 at 10:35 pm

No I am not using cream foundation on top of liquid foundation for concealing purposes. The steps are exactly the same as liquid foundation . It’s just that you can use cream foundation as a concealer as well.

moisturize + cream foundation


Wanderlust April 26, 2010 at 10:01 am

oh okies.. i misunderstood that the whole thing was one tutorial.. my bad!


Rati April 26, 2010 at 12:19 pm

It’s okay. :)


sunaina April 25, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Hi Rati, good video!
Are you using everything on top of each other?
I only use a liquid foundation and I apply it with a sponge
but would like to do it proper, should I just follow the
liquid foundation steps?
.-= sunaina´s last blog ..World inspired colours =-.


Rati April 25, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Yes Sunina, you just have to follow the liquid foundation steps. They are three different kind of foundations and are to be used in the following was

Moisturize + liquid foundation + sponge + loose / compact powder to set
Moisturize + cream foundation + sponge (optional)+ loose / compact powder to set
Moisturize + mineral foundation + fix+

It would have been too hectic had i removed everything after every single application. i thought it was self explanatory. :( Sorry for the confusion.


sunaina April 26, 2010 at 12:03 pm

That’s okay sorry for misunderstanding!
Thanks I will try this out, going to get a foundation brush.
I like the lemon tree song:)
.-= sunaina´s last blog ..World inspired colours =-.


Rati April 26, 2010 at 12:14 pm

The song is very cute. I love the lyrics. :)


Lavanya Narayanan April 25, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Hey Rati,

Very Nice Video. Learnt quite a bit. Thanks a ton… :-). Using sponge to apply foundation gives a good coverage but sponge eats up a bit too much of the product. However, the method that you have shown, using brush to apply and then sponge to set it is interesting. Let me try this way.


Rati April 25, 2010 at 10:40 pm

I used to face the same problem earlier. But then I used to love the application with sponge. With a little thought to the process, I came up with this technique and it worked wonders for me. Hope it does for you too. :)

Thank you. :)


Mrunmayee April 25, 2010 at 9:56 pm

I agree with Divija 200%….. You do look like you have mastered the art of makeup completely………

Love the warm hands tip…..

Is that a Vega sponge??? I love those… They are sooo cute… :cute:


Rati April 25, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Thank you, M. Long way to go. Warming up your hands basically evens out the whole application. Glad you liked it. :)

Yes that is the Vega sponge. I like them a lot and they are so reasonable also. :)


smrithi rao April 25, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Very interesting Rati , will definitely try this sometime:)
.-= smrithi rao´s last blog ..temple shoots =-.


Rati April 25, 2010 at 11:26 pm

Thank you, Smrithi. :) When you do let me know how it turns out to be. :)


Rijwi April 26, 2010 at 12:25 am

I loved your video!

:heart: :star: :star: :star: :star: :star: :heart:

I wanted to ask that I have an oily skin so do I moisturize before putting on the foundation??

I used to use a damp towel instead of using the Vega sponges since I get late every time I have to go out! ๐Ÿ˜› I don’t know how I manage to do that all the time! ๐Ÿ˜€
And whenever there is a marriage at house I’ve to do my cousin sister’s makeup, her mother’s and my mom’s makeup and sometimes some other family members come too. Last year at my cousin sister’s wedding I didn’t even get to finish my makeup! I didn’t even realize that until the album came out and my picture was at the front since I was receiving the barati! But since it was in the month of may it oddly looked fresh and it seemed really good. I didn’t even get to apply anything other than the foundation, liner, kajal and the lipstick!

Anyways! I’m gonna apply a neem paste on my face tomorrow! Ah! the multani mitti worked wonders :yes: and my skin has become much more healthier!

And thanks for visiting my blog. Its something I took up recently and Its all jumbled up! I just put up whatever I like and I simply love wasting time in my blog! ๐Ÿ˜›


Rati April 26, 2010 at 11:15 am

Rijwi, thank you so much. These days I also do makeup for my friends and family and honestly, it’s so much fun in doing makeup for others that I don’t mind much if my own makeup is done perfectly or not. The bigger charm lies in making others happy. Isn’t it? :) Use an oil free moisturizer atleast 4-5 minutes before applying the foundation. Best is if you can get a primer. Inglot makes an excellent primer for oily skin. That will make your makeup last longer. Otherwise generally makeup tends to melt because of the oil production on your skin.

Doesn’t the towel streak the foundation?

Don’t we all love wasting time on our blog? ๐Ÿ˜›


Rijwi April 27, 2010 at 7:29 am

Exactly! I love it when my cousin says she’s gonna make me do her makeup forever because she likes the different looks I give her.
Can you please check out the name and price of the Inglot primer?? :lashes:

Ah! I just press the damp towel for only a few seconds. I don’t give it enough time to streak the foundation. But now I’ll use the Vega sponges since I spotted them at last!

Exactly! I love wasting my time on my blog! It feels really good to share what u are enjoying! ๐Ÿ˜€
.-= Rijwi´s last blog ..Long Time! =-.


Rati April 27, 2010 at 11:15 am

The price of Inglot primer is around Rs 800 or 900. Maybelline has some primers in the range of 200-300 you can check those as well.


Priyanka April 26, 2010 at 2:27 am

We both apply our foundations just the same way.. *same pinch*

I actually picked this warm hands trick up from a very good MUA. My niece is into modeling so i sometimes used to go with her on her shoots. There i saw this MUA apply the makeup with brushes and then warming his hands and touching them on the models face. Me being the curious cat that i am asked him about it. So he told me since we do the makeup with brushes if in the end we apply our warm hands on our face it helps the makeup to set on the face.
I also use a wet sponge and if in a hurry i just dab a wet towel on my face, it works just as efficiently.
Everyone’s liking Maxfactor foundations alot…!!


Rati April 26, 2010 at 11:20 am

oh wow!! I am glad to know that. :) The warmth from the hands basically melts the foundation a bit and evens out the application. I think you must accompany your niece more often. We would get to read know loads of secrets. ๐Ÿ˜›

MAX Factor’s foundation is nice. I also found my exact shade,which is quite rare. Loving it completely. :) Thankfully Mrunmayee saved me from wasting money on their mineral foundation. i was eying it badly. :)


Poornima April 26, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Btw, Rati..

Which is your shade in Max Factor? Mine is sand


Rati April 26, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Sand. ๐Ÿ˜€


Poornima April 26, 2010 at 1:45 pm


I am totally psyched :giggle: :giggle:


Rati April 26, 2010 at 2:36 pm

We should have been sisters, you know. :silly:


Poornima April 26, 2010 at 2:42 pm


But I just can’t believe..Don’t worry..I’ll adopt you now :-* :-*


Rati April 26, 2010 at 4:29 pm

How much pocket money am I getting on monthly basis? :lashes:


Poornima April 26, 2010 at 4:54 pm


million dollar question..let me think :smug: :smug:


Rati April 26, 2010 at 5:02 pm

:rotfl: :rotfl:


shweta April 26, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Hey Rati,

Nice Video… :yes: :-) Thank you…



Rati April 27, 2010 at 11:08 am

Thank you, Shweta. Glad to see you here. :)


Cynthia Zacharica April 26, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Love this video Rati! Esp the pouting part :kissblow: ๐Ÿ˜€



Rati April 26, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Thank you, Cynthia. :kissblow:


Radhika April 27, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Such a helpful video, especially for a total makeup dodo like me!! Loved the trick of spraying the brush with rose water.


Rentu November 7, 2010 at 3:28 pm

hey lovely tut, can i request you to do video tut for a complete makeup look right from scratch of the diwali gold pink look which you have done…thanks yaa :-))


irin February 9, 2011 at 6:37 pm

do i wanna use al 3 foundation for makeup or u wr jus showin 3 diff types?


Gargi March 13, 2011 at 10:15 pm

video not available :weep: :weep: :weep:


Tinkerbell September 28, 2011 at 8:51 pm

hey!! what happened! y is the video not available anymore?? ๐Ÿ˜ ?:) ?:) ?:)


Tara November 15, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Nice one Rati. And you look really cute. Thanks for the learnings :)


Aarthi February 1, 2012 at 11:12 am

My friend wanted to see this video but we couldn’t view it now :( Can you help Rati?


Rati February 1, 2012 at 11:22 am

aarthi i think they have blocked the video coz of the music copyright. :( Let me see if I can do something.


Rati February 1, 2012 at 11:25 am
Rati February 1, 2012 at 11:27 am

Just saw the video and felt I have come such a long way. :)


Rati February 1, 2012 at 11:32 am

Aarthi I have updated the video music. I may start showing up in a day or two.


Aarthi February 4, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Wow.. Thanks a loooooooot Rati… I can see the video now :) so glad.. thanks a lot :)


dr shilpi February 1, 2012 at 12:45 pm

rati u r so amazingly perfect .After subscribing 2 IMBB i m also trying 2 lay hands on it! Thanks 4 introducing me to world of makeup! Before joining ur blog i wasnt even aware what a primer is,hahaha!
N u knw last weekend i did my mother’s makeup at ma cusins wedd n she got lots of compliments 2! By the way ur skin is flawless n u dont need any makeup! :woot: :yes: :rose: :-*


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