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Natural-looking foundation
October 12, 2017, 5:34 pm

Foundation can do a really good job of flattering your skin, other times, not so much. Pigments settle into fine lines. Powders cake over blemishes. Textures clash. Shades don't match. That foundation that you applied to make your skin look better, actually ends up making it look a lot worse. Read on for some tips on applying the most natural-looking foundation possible.

Do a lot of prep: Start with a soothing toner or mask, then massage in oils, serums, face creams, and eye creams in small, circular motions — waiting a few minutes between each step to allow them to settle. If you don't have proper hydration in the skin and you go to put on foundation, your skin freaks out. Moreover, dehydrated skin will suck up any moisture in the product and leave a finish that looks fake and obvious. If you have oily skin, continue with your regular routine, but don't skimp on that massage, which boosts circulation and makes the skin look brighter.

Rethink your primer:  Just because it's called primer doesn't mean you should smear it all over your face. Your best bet is using a cocktail formula — smooth on an oil-controlling primer in the T-zone and a silicone-based one for the rest of the face. Most people who have oily skin really have some form of combination skin. And when you put a matte primer over a dry area, it will take away the moisture and make it look cakey.

Conceal before foundation: If you start slapping on foundation without concealing blemishes or undereye circles first, you're going to overcompensate and end up using way too much product — and it will show. Instead, take care of them with a lightweight concealer first. Then, assess how much foundation you need from there.

Add depth:  If you want to fool everyone into thinking you're not wearing makeup and just have naturally great skin, this is for you. Suck in your cheeks and swipe the darker shade across the indentation, then blend out and tap the highlighter above.

Blush first: It sounds crazy, but applying blush before foundation will give your skin a natural-looking flush. Be sure to only use cream formulas — layering a powder blush under a liquid foundation is a disaster.

Go drop by drop: Majority of women use way too much foundation. If you can, buy a foundation with a dropper rather than a pump — as one pump typically over-dispenses product. Blend a few small drops from the center of the face outward with a damp Beautyblender or a damp foundation brush. That keeps it from soaking up the product and makes it look more natural, not like you tried to cover something. And resist the urge to lay down a full foundation. Just apply it in the areas you need it. It's meant to perfect, not to mask.

Choose wisely: When it comes to choosing a formula, liquids tend to look the most natural. Choose one that is medium to light-coverage and buildable (rather than a full-coverage one which has a tendency to look thick). Avoid anything that is overly luminous or overly matte. You may prefer matte but it makes the skin look really dry.

Set your work: Now that you are finished, set the areas that are prone to slide (like your T-zone) with a light dusting of translucent powder. Your best option is a pressed one, as you're more likely to over-apply messy loose formulas.



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