Ever wish you could have the makeup artists from backstage at Fashion Week doing your makeup? Allure has the next best thing with these foundation tips straight from the pros.
Foundation can do wonders to mask some of our biggest skin issues, but successfully blurring the lines isn't always as fun as Robin Thicke makes it sound. When your complexion is spackled with redness, uneven skin tone, scars, and dark spots, it's easy to forget that you don't actually need a mound of coverage to hide it all. In fact, getting a base that looks natural starts before you even dip into your makeup bag: exfoliate first, then moisturize. "I massage moisturizer into the skin and really get the blood flowing," says makeup artist Pat McGrath. Here are more tricks from the pros on the ins and outs of applying every type of foundation.
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Liquid: Split a dime-size dollop between your forehead, the tip and sides of your nose, and your chin. Using your fingers, blend towards the perimeter of your face, using small, downward strokes — never up — to prevent foundation from catching in peach fuzz. If your skin is oily, use a brush so that any oil from your fingertips doesn't transfer, says makeup artist Pati Dubroff.
Cream: These rich formulas are great for dry skin and deliver heavy-duty coverage. Makeup artist Dick Page recommends applying with a damp sponge and blending in small, circular motions, not long strokes.
Mineral: Shake some powder into the container's sifter, and dip a short-handled powder brush into the pigment. Tap off any excess, then swirl the brush onto the back of your hand to work the powder into the bristles. Starting at ear level, buff each side of your face in small, circular motions. "That makes the finish look soft and natural," says makeup artist Laura Mercier. Then move onto your forehead, nose, chin, and jawline, working from the outside in.
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