Using tutorials can help a lot as mentioned above.
The difference between using Matte, Satin or a mix of both:
Matte gives a more textured feel but it provides a shine free finished if properly pounced and baked.
Satin gives a silkier feel but it is a satin finish which shines more.
Mixing the two together half and half (or different ratios) provides a smoother finish than matte on its own but with a less shiny finish than Satin.
Whatever one you choose, you can add a little color to it if you want but you don’t have to. It depends on the effect you are going for: flesh to blend your tones, burnt umber to warm it up, etc.
- I use either a larger flat brush or a mop and apply a coat evenly over the piece.
- Do not leave excess product in the creases.
- Once it is covered, pounce well all over with a makeup wedge leaving no lines. You will notice a “skin” texture form. This is what you want.
- If too much product accumulates on your sponge, you can dab your sponge on a paper towel to remove the excess from time to time.
- Once done pouncing, let the piece sit a bit until the wet look is gone.
- Bake for 9 to 10 minutes.
- Cool fully.
- Turn pieces over. Bake again.
- If desired, apply a second coat of sealer and repeat steps. Second coat assures you have covered all areas.
- You can bake 3 times after the second coat. Sealer that is not baked fully may appear white or flaky, or cracking.