Why Stippling is Worth the Extra Time

Why Stippling is Worth the Extra Time

 

Nobody has time to spare in the mornings, and you might want to simply get on with your beauty routine and go about your day as quickly as possible. Having said that, it’s worth spending a little extra time for better quality!

 

If you want to look flawless, have that catwalk appearance, and show off your airbushed foundation coverage, then stippling is the way forward. Yes, it takes a little longer than simply rubbing foundation into your face, but if you want to look your best, you need to put in the effort!

 

First things first, what is stippling?

 

Basically, stippling is a fancy word for using a small series of dots. When you apply your foundation in this way, you can use either a beauty blender, a sponge, a brush, or even your fingertips, but a beauty blender will give you the best coverage. You can either apply a dot of the foundation to your blender, or you can put it directly onto your skin, but the process you do next is where the magic happens.

 

Using a series of small dots, blot the foundation into your skin. Some people like to use a light and quick touch, and others prefer a more firm and slow approach, but the light and quick option will give you a more airbrushed, lighter look, compared to a more heavy look with a slower approach. Depending on which part of your face you’re working on, depends on which part of the blender you’ll use. For instance, if you’re working on the cheeks or over the top section of your forehead, you’d use the flat, longer potion of the blender. If you’re working into the creases of your nose, or under the eyes, you’d use the tapered end. Basically, use the part of the blender which you feel gives you more control.

 

So, Why Stippling?

Stippling avoids that ‘caked on’ look, which a heavier approach will bring. If you are someone who has always done whatever is quickest, e.g. using your fingertips to either smear or wipe on the foundation, you’ll notice a much more professional and even approach when you try stippling for the first time.

 

The reason it looks much better overall is because you are allowing the product to get into the pores, and you are ensuring that as a result, your coverage is even and not blotted. When you have airbrush make up done, if you can afford it, the look will be very similar. Stippling is like mineral-based make up application, because the look isn’t heavy, and the ligher touch makes you look more natural. If you want a heavier look, but the same even coverage, wait for the first layer of foundation to dry, and then go over it again with another layer. Be careful to avoid any lines, e.g. under the chin, jawline, and to either side of the ears.

 

So, whilst stippling might take a little extra time, surely it’s worth it for the better effect?

 

Nicola Curtis

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