- Concealing: Choose a creamy, easy-to-blend formulation in a shade lighter than your skin tone, and look for something with a yellowish undertone to help neutralize the purple tones common in undereye circles. Next, pat the concealer into the skin, allow the product to dry, and repeat if you still need coverage. For some great options, check out MAC and Benefit, the most popular of your favorite concealers of 2009. Tip: For pimples, choose a coverup that's the same shade as your skin.
- Foundation selection tips: If you're not sure what color is appropriate for your skin tone, do a stripe test by applying three (or more) swipes of foundation on your cheek. The one that disappears is your shade. If you've got oily skin, choose a powder-based or oil-free liquid foundation, like Stila Natural Finish Oil-Free Makeup ($38). For dry skin, opt for a mousse, liquid foundation, or tinted moisturizer formulation, like Stila Sheer Tinted Moisturizer ($34).
- The application: Dot your foundation on the forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin. Using a sponge, begin at the center and work outward, making sure that you're blending downward so that any peach fuzz you might have lies flat. Tip: For more coverage, use a dry sponge and a stippling motion. For less coverage, use a wet sponge with long, smooth strokes.
- The finish: To keep your flawless application from going south, simply allow your foundation to dry, and then lightly blot with a tissue. Next, use a yellow-based powder on the t-zone to set your makeup and reduce shine.
Lucy Liu never looks anything but impeccable, and at last night's Museum of Chinese in America 30th Anniversary Gala, her complexion was enviably flawless and radiant. Of course, taking care of your skin is the first step in creating that glowing, healthy-from-within look, but some strategically placed makeup doesn't hurt, either. Do you ever feel like your foundation looks fake, or just isn't giving you the effect you're wanting to achieve? Get my tips to get flawless foundation when you read more.