Discover the Beauty of Cushion Foundation: Everything You Need to Know

Foundation is, well, the foundation of every complete beauty routine. With the make-up world constantly evolving, the new thing is cushion foundation. But what is cushion foundation anyway? We’re going to explain what it is, how to use it, and why you should grab one of these to put in your make-up bag.

Like many beauty trends we follow today, cushion foundation is from Korea. You know that BB cream you simply can’t live without? Yeah, that’s from Korea, too. Wonder how they get that perfect looking skin? Well, that’s a whole other conversation we’ll need to have some other day. 




What is Cushion Foundation?

Let’s get into the real reason why you’re here. The easiest way to explain cushion foundation is it’s a liquid foundation stored in a traditional compact case. We’re used to compacts being used for powder & heavy cream solutions, which is why the cushion version is all the buzz right now.

Typically, liquid foundations are stored in tubes. Similarly to other types of compact foundations, the foundation itself is applied with the use of a cushion sponge. The cushion foundation formula is a bit more watery compared to other liquid foundations, making it easier to absorb into the sponge.


How to Use Cushion Foundation Correctly

It may seem pretty straight forward, but applying cushion foundation requires a different kind of finesse. Larry Yeo (makeup artist) explains that “a cushion foundation gives you more control,” though the process is a bit tricky at first. For first-timers, it’s all too easy to soak up too much liquid, causing spillage, wasting your precious foundation. 

Here are 3 simple steps for a successful basic cushion foundation application:

  1. Soak Gently 
    It’s always better to soak too gently than too much. Place your fingers comfortable under the cushion strap. Press gently down onto the compact, making sure to soak the liquid in the middle of the cushion.
  2. Spread then dab
    Spread the cushion over the area you want to apply your foundation. After that, use gentle dabbing motions to blend it in for a natural look.
  3. Fold the Cushion to Reach Tight Spots
    When using a cushion applicator, it can be tough getting spots such as under the eyes and the nose crevices. To achieve an even layer, fold the cushion in half then dab the problem area gently to get full coverage.

These steps will ensure you have a clean and neat layer of foundation. If you notice that some areas of your face have a heavier concentration of foundation, you can gently spread the layer out by dabbing and using small circles over the problem area.


Cushion Foundation Tips

If you prefer a more matte finish, then take a loose powder foundation and apply a soft layer on top of your cushion foundation layer. Applying powder along your hairline and in tough creases can aid in keeping the skin’s oil at bay throughout the day. 

When you need to add some concealer to hide some of those blemishes, it’s recommended to apply it after your foundation. This is because liquid foundations tend to turn out with an uneven coat if you apply your concealer prior.

Worried about using up your cushion foundation too fast? There is an easy way to extend it so you can get more use out of your compact sized portion. The simple solution: use your fingers! Just soak up a little bit of the cushion foundation with your fingers and dab it over your face in an even coat the same way you would with the cushion. Another way to extend the product is by using a brush for home application. Use the puff when you’re on the go for quicker, more convenient touch-ups.

One tip you should never forget is to clean the cushion at least once per week. It makes for a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which is exactly what you don’t want to be applying to your face. Ew!


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Cushion Foundation vs. Other Foundations

Liquid Foundation

Liquid foundation formulas are meant to give you a “fresh” and smooth finish. This is similar to what cushion foundation achieves. The biggest difference is that liquid foundation from the tube happens to be more hygienic. Since the liquid doesn’t have any outside contact until it is squeezed or poured out the container, there are fewer bacteria present in the foundation. When it comes to cushion foundation, it’s constantly being handled through the use of a cushion, fingers, brush, etc. 

Cream Foundation

Cream foundation is useful for hiding blemishes but it has a pretty obvious appearance. The infamous “cake face” is most likely using copious amounts of cream formula foundation. Cushion foundation has a much lighter finish and looks more natural. 

Compact (Powder) Foundation

Powder foundation tends to give you a matte finish that doesn’t favor wrinkles. In certain lighting, powder foundation can appear dusty on your face. Cushion foundation, however, offers a supple natural look.

The Perfect Companion for “No Makeup” Makeup!

Between cushion foundation, liquid foundation, cream, and powder, it’s obvious that cushion & liquid foundations are the winners. The hydrated, natural finish they offer synergizes perfectly with the “no makeup” makeup trend that will always be a go-to for those lazy days. 

While the “no makeup” makeup routine seems easy to pull off, it requires a bit of effort to achieve the smooth, fresh face, glowing eyes, and perfectly flushed cheeks. Luckily for you, we’ll lay out the entire process right here.



How to Do “No Makeup” Makeup

  1. Moisturize your skin for a smooth complexion.
  2. Prime your face to prepare your canvas.
  3. Apply either cushion or liquid foundation. Use a blending tool to achieve the most natural finish possible.
  4. Touch up problem areas with a dab of concealer and use the blender again to smooth on the application.
  1. Use a bronzer to accentuate the edge of your jawline & forehead, cheek hollows, each side of your nose, and that special dip located underneath your lower lip.
  2. Choose a light rosy, pink blush to give your cheeks the slightest touch of color.
  3. With your fingers, apply highlighter to your cheekbones to lift your face and give a young, fresh appeal.
  4. Take some matte eye shadow and eye shadow primer to add a slight touch of depth. Apply the shadow across your lashes.
  5. Pluck and brush your brows to perfection. Go for a natural, light arch and brush the hairs upward for a more “unplanned” appearance. 
  6. If you must, add a slight shade of pink to your lips. It’s alright if there’s a little shine, just nothing too intense so you don’t ruin your all-natural look.

And there you have it, a fresh “no makeup” makeup look that wasn’t all that hard to achieve! 


Our Final Say on Cushion Foundation

Cushion foundation offers the best of both compact and liquid foundation in one amazingly convenient package. It’s worth adding to your make-up bag since it makes for a better-quality touch up than a powder or cream foundation can offer. At the same time, it offers the convenience of simply dabbing on the formula instead of pouring it onto your fingers first. All in all, cushion foundation is popular for a reason - it gives amazing results with little effort on your end.