If you are looking for that airbrushed foundation look, you need to create a perfect canvas for your foundation to go on.
The first thing to know is, you need to prep and prime your skin before applying foundation. You can choose a foundation that you love, but know that your foundation can only perform well if the skin underneath is in good condition. To achieve perfect foundation you should apply all your usual skincare a few minutes before your makeup.
The next step is to pick a primer that will work well with your skin type. If you have dry skin, without primer, your foundation might look flaky and patchy. Oilier skin types will find their foundation moves and they get very shiny along the T-zone. Maybe your problem is pores that foundation only serves to make worse? Depending on your skin type you can choose a primer that will help your foundation to sit on your skin better.
For combination/oily skin with open pores, Benefit Porefessional €34 wins hands down. It really does smooth over pores so that your foundation doesn't sit into them and make them look worse. Porefessional also controls oil at the same time. If oil is your main issue and you find you get very shiny and your foundation comes off in patches.
For dry skin, Laura Mercier hydrating foundation primer is €41 and it's gorgeous. It has a light creamy texture and contains vitamins A, C and E to protect your skin from free radicals.
For oily skin, Smashbox original Photo Finish €31.50, is your guy. This primer blurs fine lines and imperfections and it's oil free. It feels like it leaves a layer of velvet on your skin and foundation will apply over it smoothly.
If it's fine lines and wrinkles you are concerned about, Illamasqua Hydra Veil €37.70 will hydrate and smooth your skin. It's not a filler but it blurs and smooths lines and wrinkles and gives a smooth base for your makeup.
Do you spend time preparing your skin before applying your foundation?