You know we’ve all at one time or another applied too much foundation or concealer and ended up with what I like to call “Cakey Face”. This is a common dilemma when it comes to makeup, so here’s my easy steps in how to get more natural looking skin!
1. Apply a face primer
This step helps prime your skin just as paint primer preps your walls before applying paint:; it smooths out the surface, filling in pores and makes your skin smoother for the foundation. Primers have just recently become a standard in makeup products- one of the first ones was the Smashbox Photofinish. This works well if you have dry skin, but I find it too oily looking on combination to oily skin. (check out my article from awhile back on “Choosing your Best Face Primer“) Here are my current favorites:
2. Don’t apply too much foundation
Now I realize that if you want full coverage or have many blemishes you’d like to cover, the first thing you think is to apply a fair amount of foundation. This will cover the blemishes BUT will also risk the chance of your foundation piling up and looking very mask-like. The better option is to apply a thin layer of foundation to even out your overall skin, then go over any blemishes with a concealer. On my clients I really like using the Beauty Blender (see my video on how to use it here: Beauty Blender Review) because it applies a thin layer of foundation and makes it easier to blend it into the skin. The Beauty Blender is best used damp, as the wet sponge thins the foundation slightly.
Favorite tool: Beauty Blender
Favorite dewy looking foundation: Neutrogena Healthy Skin
3. Apply powder only to oily areas
This is the key step! ONLY apply powder to the areas on your face that tend to get oily- usually the “T zone”. If you have dry skin, you may even be able to skip powder altogether. The trick is to also apply powder in a thin layer- I find the best way to do this is to use a thin, flat sponge.
My favorite sponge: NYX Medium Powder Puff
4. Mist setting spray
This step is optional- I just do this step if my skin looks a bit dry after applying powder. My absolutely favorite product of all time is MAC’s Fix Plus spray- simply mist it all over your face after your makeup is done. It will give a subtle glow to the skin and help “melt” the powder into your foundation. If your skin is oily, I would skip this step as it can make it look more oily at the end of the day…
ALWAYS remember to apply makeup in thin layers at a time- you can always add more, but it’s very difficult to take away. I really hope this helps you all in your quest of getting flawless looking skin!
Stay happy and healthy!