As much as we love a good matte, dewy, bronzed, or luminous complexion, when it comes down to it, we really just want our foundation to make our skin look as though we aren't wearing any. Most of the time, foundation can do a great job of making our skin look like we just Woke-Up-Like-This, but other times, if not applied correctly, it can appear cake-y and flakey.
Pigments settle into fine lines, powders cake over blemishes, textures clash, shades don't match – you name it! And as a result, the foundation that you applied to make your skin look better, can actually end up making it look a lot worse. That's why we're here to offer you tips on how to apply the most natural-looking foundation possible. Read on for a no-makeup, makeup masterclass!
HOW TO MAKE YOUR FOUNDATION LOOK NATURAL
PREP YOUR SKIN
Before lathering on makeup, prep your skin with a soothing toner or mask, then continue by massaging oils, serums, face and eye creams into your skin in small, circular motions. If you don't have proper hydration in the skin and you go to put on foundation, that's when you'll get an unnatural, cake-y look.
Dehydrated skin will suck up any moisture in the product and end up making it look fake and obvious. If you have oily skin, continue with your regular routine but don't skimp on that massage, which boosts circulation and makes the skin look brighter and better.
After you've prepped your skin, apply a generous amount of primer to your complexion to help fill in any fine lines or wrinkles before foundation does.
CONCEAL BEFORE FOUNDATION
If you start slapping on foundation without concealing blemishes or undereye circles first, you're going to overcompensate and end up using way too much product – and it will show. Instead, take care of them first with a lightweight concealer, then assess how much foundation you need from there.
BLUSH BEFORE FOUNDATION
Applying blush before foundation will give your skin a natural-looking flush (like it's actually coming from within your skin and not just sitting on top of your foundation). Be sure to use only cream or liquid formulas – layering a powder blush under a liquid foundation is a recipe for disaster.
To ensure a foundation application that looks natural and doesn't sink into your lines and pores, apply a hint of water to your beauty blender (or use a spray bottle to apply it on your makeup brush). This will also add moisture to your skin and help avoid that flakey, dry effect.
While some foundation formulas work better for certain skin types, opt for a liquid formula for a look that appears the most natural. Choose one that is medium to light-coverage and buildable, and avoid anything that's overly luminous or overly matte.