The Formula for Flawless Foundation + Tips
Perfect Makeup: 5 super easy steps for looking flawless - fast! No glam squad needed! Step 1: Hide Dark Circles The first step of all: Apply a moisturizer with SPF to help concealer glide on smoothly. Then use concealer only where you need it, like on undereye circles and blemishes. Choose a shade that matches your skin tone- choosing a shade lighter is a myth Expert tip: To get at fine lines, use the point of your brush Step 2: A Touch of Base To get perfectly even skin the speedy way, use a foundation stick. It's easy and gives you plenty precise application. Using the stick like a giant marker, draw thick lines down cheekbones, the sides of your nose and above brows, and blend with your fingers. Expert tip: Want lighter coverage? Rub moisturizer on your hands before you blend for a sheer, dewy finish. Step 3: Reassess and Perfect! If a pesky zit or mark is still poking through, go back and hide it with an extra layer of concealer. Use the same kind as in step one or try a cover-up that contains salicylic acid, which helps shrink blemishes while it camouflages. Dab it onto problem areas with a pointed brush instead of slicking it on from the tube. Right on top of the blemish, "it's not meant to be totally blended in," but to avoid cakeyness, use your ring finger to pat its perimeter outward until smooth. Expert tip: For staying power, apply powder over top with a puff to absorb oil and to keep cover-up from sliding off midday. Step 4: Now Blush! Forget shading and sculpting cheekbones with a brush and powder, and try a cream blush instead for that glow-from-within effect. Apply to the apples of your cheeks, as seen here. (The fast way to find yours: Smile!) Then blend the color up toward your temples with your fingers. Expert tip: Gone overboard? Defuse a clownlike situation by applying a bit of foundation over top instead of washing it all off and starting from scratch. Step 5: Apply Shimmery Eye Base For pro-looking eye makeup in no time, apply a wash of sheer, shimmery cream shadow from lash lines to brow bones using your pointer finger. If your skin is fair like mine, try a silvery white shade. For medium to dark skin tones, opt for a champagne color instead. To get an extra bright-eyed effect, dot the color onto the inner corners of your eyes too. Celebs use this trick on the red carpet all the time!! Expert tip: If your lids tend to be on the oilier side, use a primer all over them first to help shadow last.