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 making the surface smoother for the foundation. Primers have just recently become 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 piling up and looking very mask like. The better option is to apply a thin layer just to even out your overall skin, then go over with concealer on just the blemished areas. 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 and makes it easier to melt the foundation into the skin. It 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!