For a time, I thought that my skin was rejecting foundation. Every single one that I tried would leave me so oily or the color match was so off; my skin was making it clear to me that it didn’t ever want traditional foundation formulas on it. Then one weekend I forgot my makeup in Austin when I was coming up to Dallas for a photo shoot, and happened upon the No 7 Airbrush Away foundation! It was the answer to all of my skin’s needs: lightweight, great coverage, perfect color match, under $20, AND I wasn’t oily. It seems crazy but this stuff is the BEST.
This whole journey got me thinking that I’m probably not the only one that has struggled to find the right foundation and method of applying a ~flawless~ face. So today’s post is all about the 5 quick steps that I take to get a smooth, 12-hour, flawless face for everyday!
5 EASY STEPS TO APPLY FLAWLESS FOUNDATION
1. Prime: It is a crime not to prime. If you have combination/oily skin, priming is essential so that that oil doesn’t pop through your flawless foundation during the day. I have tried all of the big name primers (Smashbox Photofinish, Laura Mercier Foundation Primer to name a few) and they don’t bring the results of the OC8 Professional Mattifying Primer. My facialist in Austin, who just happens to also be a former Hollywood makeup artist, recommended it because it lasts for 8 hours, can go on before or after you apply your makeup, and it leaves a oil-free, matte finish. YES! If you decide to buy this amazing primer, apply it before you apply your makeup and let it set for about 5 minutes before you apply the rest of your makeup for best results. Sometimes I swear it makes me look like I don’t even have pores and mine are the size of craters on the moon…
2. Lightweight Foundation: Either one of the foundations in the photo below is a good bet for lightweight, buildable coverage at an amazing price. As I said before, the No 7 foundation lives up to its title of “Airbrush Away” because it covers and smooths any imperfections. I just got in my Glossier Skin Tint (in Light) and am already such a huge fan. I love that the coverage is buildable so you can go from a sheer, natural look to more so a lightweight version of full coverage.
3. Concealer + Highlight: There is no way that anyone could ever convince me to use another concealer than my Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. You could honestly use these two together and some powder and be ready to go. The formula is so unreal, applies smoothly with maximum coverage, and really conceals. I add in the Chantilly for a highlight after concealing with Vanilla and it makes my dark circles disappear on the spot.
4. Powder + Setting Powder: I also have worn Clinique Beyond Perfecting Powder (in Alabaster) for as long as I can remember, and I rely on it to fill in the gaps left behind by foundation and it’s my go-to when I want coverage but don’t want to put a whole face of makeup on. Powder just works for my skin and I apply it with my beautyblender so that it doesn’t have the powdery/cakey look. (If you leave this post with ONE nugget of knowledge, it’s to get yourself a beautyblender. Don’t go on any longer without one if you want a flawless finish to your foundation).
I also just got on the bandwagon for this Charlotte Tilbury Setting Powder (in Fair) and man oh man is it good. It has a 5-star rating on Nordstrom.com AND it doesn’t leave your skin all powdery and weird after you apply it. Another cool thing I noticed about it is that you can make edits to your makeup after applying the setting powder. For example, if I tried to apply some extra concealer after using my Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder, I would have to start over because the concealer would wipe away the powder and my foundation.
5. Contour + Blush: A couple of weeks ago I just ran by the Nars counter at Nordstrom and asked for a light and easy contour palette. That’s when I met the wonderful, Nars Contour Blush in Paloma. (It can also double as a warm everyday eyeshadow combo too!). Use a double-sided contour brush like this Urban Decay Naked one (only available on eBay it seems like). Dip the contour side of the brush into the darker contour color in the palette, tap it to drop any excess, and blend it along your cheekbone and past your ear. Next frame the top of your face by blending some contour along your temples/forehead to complete your sculpted look. To finish things off, add a pop of highlighter on your nose, top of your cheekbone, and right beneath your brows if you’re feeling like over-achieving. Then smile real quick and dab this Charlotte Tilbury blush (in Ecstasy) right on the apples of your cheeks (don’t draw it along your cheekbone!) and you’re flawless and ready to show everybody!