How to Use MAC Face and Body Foundation

If you’d asked me five years ago what I thought about MAC Face and Body Foundation, I would have told you it was dreadful. 

You see, I first tried it about 15 years ago when it was only sold to pros and was touted as the backstage must have. These were the days of the flat paddle foundation brush people. I remember being told at the MAC store that you just swiped it on and, voila, runway-worthy base. So I toted home my black MAC bag, a giant bottle of the foundation (it only came in the large size then!) and the aforementioned brush. 

It was gross; Possibly best described as slimy. I felt like it had no coverage. It streaked like nothing I’d ever tried and it stayed this greasy, sticky mess. Fast forward just a “few” years, and I start seeing the stunningly beautiful Pixiwoo sisters use it all the time. I noticed that they were really working it into their skin. Buffing or rubbing in with their hands to the point where you’d be scratching your head going, “surely it’s blended by now!”. My lovely friend who worked at the local MAC counter mentioned that the foundation works best by letting the formula warm to the skin before attempting to manipulate it. She showed me some tricks, and I left with a new bottle and a new hope!

You know what? It was a total GAME CHANGER. I saw the light folks. It went from something I wouldn’t recommend to my mortal enemy to one of my favourite foundations of all time. Those are some strong words, and I mean them.

MAC Face and Body Foundation

Available at MAC Canada | MAC US | MAC UK | Nordstrom | Look Fantastic 

What is it: “A comfortable, lightweight fluid foundation with a unique blend of emollients that delivers sheer buildable coverage and a satin finish. The moisturizing, long-wearing formula glides onto the face and body providing stay-true colour.”

Packaging: A super hygienic squeeze bottle with a spout; You can every drop out of this packaging

Size options: 50ml or 120ml

Share range:  A decent selection starting at white, with different undertones, but needs a few more options for deep complexions.




Here’s how you make MAC Face and Body Foundation work magical wonders…


  1. Throw out your sponges. Ok, don’t throw them out, that would be wasteful, just don’t use them for this. This is a water based product and a sponge is going to soak it up like a…err… sponge.
  2. Choose your tools: Hands or Buffing Brush – preferably a slightly fluffy rounded top one (my faves are this one from IT Cosmetics* and this one from Real Techniques).
  3. Pour out more foundation than you think you need (I start with a nickel-sized dollop).
  4. If using the brush – stipple it all over your face haphazardly. If using hands – lightly rub it all over your face like you would a face cream but don’t blend.
  5. Now the trick that I was taught that makes the most difference: WAIT. Just give your skin and the foundation about 15 seconds or so to make friends with each other. As my MUA friend explained, the foundation starts to thicken, which helps it bind to your skin and really build the pigment.
  6. Buff or rub it in for your life. Like, don’t hurt yourself or anything, but quick buffing or massaging in with your hands will yield the most amazing finish. You will feel the foundation thicken up, regardless of brush or hands and start to settle.
  7. If you need more coverage, go on and head back in with a bit more, but no need to wait the second time because it already has something to stick to!

That’s it, you just gotta have a little patience. It’s truly so worth it for the most radiant, skin-like appearance. If you are anything less than dry you’ll want to powder set lightly, just to take and tact away. Whenever someone tells me I have amazing skin, I am 98% of the time wearing this. It stays on all day, holds up to mom stress and can build up to a solid medium coverage. Plus I love that it comes in two sizes, I find myself keeping my regular shade in the large and then shade C6 to mix with it depending on various levels of fake tan!


How to use MAC face and Body Foundation

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