Beauty is in and beauty is on trend!
What isn’t on trend is spending countless hours trying to perfect your base only to be unhappy at the end of it all.
I’ve so been there. You see all of these amazing at-home artists on Insta and Twitter and wonder how the hell they get their makeup to look SO. DAMN. FLAWLESS.
Perfecting your base takes a ton of practice and sometimes, trial and error. I know no one likes to hear that when it comes to our appearance because honey, we want it flawless and we want it now, right?
It really is trial and error sometimes, though. Especially if you deal with extreme skin types like excessive oil or dryness.
I’ve spent several years playing around with product combinations and techniques. Also, due to my recent Accutane adventure, I’ve had the lovely pleasure of experiencing severely oily skin and also uncomfortably dry skin.
Today I’m sharing some pointers on things you may be doing in your makeup routine that are preventing you from achieving the flawless base you’re after.
So if you’re tired of being unhappy with your complexion or you’re just curious about how to improve it, let’s get goin’!
Tip #1: Using concealer in the same shade as your foundation
Concealer is a staple in just about every foundation routine. Dark under eyes and deep bags are usually the first thing we see wrong in our complexion and the first thing we want to cover up.
Most of us put a lot of emphasis on our concealer formula to make sure it isn’t too drying or emphasizing too many lines. While all of this is indeed important, you may be overlooking one major factor in your concealer routine….
Choosing the correct shade in a concealer is just as important as finding the perfect formula.
Applying concealer in one-two shades lighter than your foundation will add a highlighted effect to your under-eye area.
This highlight will brighten your complexion and add depth to an otherwise rather flat base.
Tip #2: Not moisturizing before applying foundation
Regardless of whether you have dry skin or oily skin, you should be moisturizing before applying your foundation.
Moisturizer helps to create a plump and refined canvas. It minimizes dry patches and adds a healthy glow to your skin.
Don’t be afraid to moisturize oily skin. Pick up an oil-free moisturizer so your skin is only getting the benefits you need without amping up your natural oils.
Moisturizing before foundation also prevents foundation from wanting to cling to drier areas of the face. You’ll notice that with a proper moisturizer, your foundation will glide and spread much easier and look more flawless.
Tip #3: Not using a setting spray
Setting spray is the god to flawless makeup. It may seem like a simple spritz doesn’t make much of a difference, but I promise you, it does.
Setting sprays help to melt all of your makeup together and eliminate any powdery and uneven appearance that can sometimes be left behind from matte foundations and setting powders.
Another glorious quality of setting sprays is you can get them to compliment any skin type. Matte sprays such as the Urban Decay All Nighter or De-Slick sprays are wonderful for keeping oils at bay and maintaining a matte appearance.
For drier skin or for anyone who wants to rock that “glow from within” vibe, I recommend the Catrice Dewy Glow spray.
If you aren’t using a setting spray in your regular routine, grab on that will pair well with your skin type and the look you want to achieve. I guarantee it will change your life!
Tip #4: Using the same shade of powder all over your face
For this tip, we’re going to reflect back to tip #1, choosing the correct concealer shade.
Remember all the work we did in applying concealer one-two shades lighter than your foundation so you got that beautiful bright look?
Let’s not ruin all that hard work by applying your face powder under your eyes.
Doing this minimizes the brightened appearance from the concealer and makes your face look more one dimensional.
I use the Fenty setting powder in the shade lavender to really brighten the under-eye area while my Too Faced Born This Way or Becca Hydra-Mist powder sets my face.
While both of these powders look beautiful under the eye, they both darken the area and make my face look flat.
Using two setting powders may seem like too much, but it makes a huge difference in your finished look, for sure.
Tip #5 Not properly warming up your face
Equally important to achieving that natural three-dimensional slay is adding warmth back into your complexion after foundation application.
Sometimes with foundations, especially full-coverage foundations, they will cover up the natural structure and color to your skin.
While we do want that, right? We love a full-coverage queen and we want our foundation to cover our imperfections, but we still want to look balanced and skin-like.
Adding a cream contour or bronzer to your skin before powdering will definitely help achieve this.
My favorite step lately is applying it before my foundation and then blending the foundation around and slightly over the contour.
Not only do I use less foundation, but my complexion looks natural and flawless. I then top the contour off with a light layer of powder and bronzer to finish off the warmth.
So that does it for the top 5 steps you may be missing that are affecting the overall appearance to your flawless skin.
If you found these suggestions helpful or you have other tips you’d like to share with us, drop a comment down below. I’d love to hear them!
Thanks for reading guys!