6 Foolproof Makeup Tricks For Flawless Skin

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Try these ~easy~ beauty hacks while you wait for your skin care routine to pay off!

by the Beauty Beat Team | Feb. 25, 2020

In this day and age of skin tints, translucent powders, and super sheer blushes, there’s clearly no shortage of makeup that’s designed to make us look like we’re not wearing makeup. Au naturel beauty continues to be all the rage, with the ‘no-makeup makeup’ trend heavily emphasizing a flawless complexion—when skin looks effortlessly glowing, yet still looks like skin. (Perfect example: Your K-beauty idols!)

But while it sounds simple enough, achieving a fresh, luminous base can be tricky business, especially if you’re not naturally blessed with clear or smooth skin. What’s more: The “my-skin-but-better” look isn’t easily achieved with just any makeup; it requires specific products and application techniques for best results.

No need to look any further, though: Here, we’ve rounded up six foolproof tips to help you master the art of “complexion makeup” and flaunt gorgeous-looking skin
right now.

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1. Prep, prep, prep—with skin care.

Any beauty expert will tell you the best way to score a fresh, even-toned complexion is to ensure you have a smooth and healthy canvas, a.k.a. clean skin. So before reaching for your primer, make sure you give your face a good cleanse or an exfoliating sesh. The latter’s a good glow-getter, as it sloughs off dead skin cells that can make your makeup look dull and flaky. Finish off with a thin layer of moisturizer or, if you have the time, a 15-minute sheet mask. Once you’re done, wait at least five minutes before applying your base.

2. If you're using a primer, choose the right one for your skin type.

Not all primers are created equal, as different formulas can have different effects on the application of your foundation. For best results, choose one that suits your specific skin type and complements your choice of base. For example: If have oily or combination skin, try a mattifying primer with oil-controlling properties, paired with a foundation with similar benefits. Got normal or dry skin? Try an illuminating or hydrating primer for extra dewiness. Apart from improving the glide of makeup, primers also extend staying power, helping you look flawless for longer.

3. Take shade-matching very seriously.

One of the biggest beauty faux pas is wearing a foundation shade that clearly doesn’t match your skin tone, made worse by the visible color discrepancy between your face and neck! For flawless skin that still looks like, well, skin, it pays to really find your closest possible match—whether you’re using a foundation, a BB/CC cream, or a tinted moisturizer. The best way to swatch shades is to draw a line along your jaw, and see which disappears. Pro tip: You can also invest in two shades for a more natural finish, especially with the changing seasons.

4. Invest in a good concealer.

A heavy-duty concealer is always a good investment, and can double as a foundation, specifically for problem areas. If you’re looking to address dark spots or under-eye circles, choose a product that’s one shade lighter than your skin tone or has peachy tones for a brightening effect. A creamy, waxy formula works best and has longer-staying power than liquid ones. Make sure you dab and blend well, though, for an undetectable finish.

5. Try new makeup applicators.

While brushes offer ease and precision, here’s a makeup artist trick that’s useful for on-the-go gals: Don’t underestimate the power of your fingers! Apart from being easily accessible, your fingers can help warm up the product, allowing for smoother application. Of course, for bigger areas, you can definitely benefit from actual tools. While foundation brushes are good for smaller areas, blenders or sponges work well for larger surfaces, helping you score an even, airbrushed effect.

6. Set makeup strategically.

For truly longwearing perfection, a setting powder—one with super fine pigments—is a must. Use a fluffy powder brush and set foundation lightly, making sure to tap off excess product before dusting on face. If you’re after a luminous, glass-skin finish, you can skip the powder and opt for a setting spray or face mist instead.

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