Sorry, I thought about editing the previous post but decided to just do a quick new post.
I forgot to mention that when I start applying the foundation, my starting point is always the center of my face, which is the nose area. I like my foundation to have heavier coverage on the nose and cheek area because that's where I have the most dark spot pigmentation that I wish to cover. Since I stipple foundation on, I work my way from center towards the outer edges of my face, gently blending and tapering the color of the foundation outward. I find that doing this works best for me and helps with better color matching the foundation to my skin tone.
This works its way into a whole other topic--color matching foundation that isn't' quite the right match to my skin tone and contouring. Anyone interested in reading posts on my technique(s) for that?