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From beauty counter to brushes, your guide to perfect foundation coverage
Mills is a pro at getting the perfect foundation look for contestants who are constantly getting close-ups: "Apply foundation all over your face with your fingers, making sure to get the neck, ears and behind the ears," says Mills. "Then, with a damp Beauty Blender, gently dab all over the face to blend."
For more coverage, a densely packed brush like the Benefit Foundation Brush, $24, or a dense, flat-top foundation brush (we love the Shiseido Foundation Brush, $30, because it works with all foundation formulas) distributes more pigment and creates a smooth, flawless finish.
If you powder your nose the old-fashioned way, a large fluffy brush like Illamasqua's Powder Brush, $57, allows you to build coverage in areas that need more or less product.
Cream foundations work best with fingertip application or a pointed sponge. The oval-shaped Shiseido Sponge Puff-Stick Foundation, $8, allows you to reach every corner and crevice.
After you've chosen the appropriate tool, apply your foundation working outward from the center of the face. Pat lightly with your fingertips or work a brush in circles outward for natural coverage.
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