Get Glowing Skin and Even Tone – 6 Makeup Tricks
How to achieve smooth glowing skin, even tone, and minimize appearance of pores and spots
Smooth glowing skin is one of the best beauty assets anyone can have. Beautiful skin can make you look polished, groomed, and more attractive, so it’s important to take care of your skin. If you were born with nice skin, Lucky YOU – take care of it to keep it looking nice. But if you have some skin problems, there are ways to treat it and make it look better with makeup. In this section, I will be talking about ways to play up your skin with makeup. There are ways to hide blemishes and dark circles, smooth out uneven skin tone, and even change the shape of your features. All that can be achieved by clever tips and techniques.
When doing my makeup, whether for daytime or evening, I always start with my skin. You will need 6 basic items to make your face looking flawless: Primer, Base Foundation, Concealer, Powder, Highlight/Contour combo, and Blush. Let’s take a look at each one in detail.
Step 1: Prep your face with a Primer
A Primer is something you can put on your face before anything else. You can skip this step if you want to and just use a light moisturizer or face lotion. However, primer has a lot of benefits – it lightly moisturizes, creates a smooth surface, fills in fine lines and creases, and controls oil throughout the day. The most important feature of any primer is that it gives staying power to all your makeup. Primer preps your skin for foundation and eye shadow by creating a smoother canvas to which all makeup will stick to better. If you have a problem with oily skin, a primer will prevent your skin from looking shiny later in the day. My favorite primer is Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer. It has a very light gel texture that doesn’t clog pores, and has anti-oxidant vitamin ingredients that contribute to anti-aging. And don’t we all want that?
Step 2: Give yourself a good Base
The next step to perfect skin is Foundation. It is meant to even out the skin tone and create smoother skin texture by filling in pores and covering any redness or skin discoloration. Foundation comes in 4 different forms: Tinted moisturizer, Liquid foundation, Cream foundation, and Dual-finish foundation. Whichever type of foundation you pick, I recommend getting one with built-in SPF to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
Read about the 4 types of Foundations to decide which one is right for you.
Step 3: Dab on some Concealer
Concealer is used to cover spots of redness, dark under eye circles, pigmentation spots and any other areas that the foundation was not able to hide. There are a variety of types of concealer: creamy or hard consistency, with brush or regular applicator, in a tube or jar or stick. Take your pick and experiment until you find one that you love.
Get the tips on how to cover anything with concealer here: Cover It Up – 3 Tricks to use with Concealer.
Step 4: Powder Finish to Set
The last step to coverage is powder to set your skin makeup and lock it all in. Powder can also be used on its own – instead of foundation, if you want very light matte look. You only have two choices of powders: loose and pressed.
Loose powder is very light and can be skin toned or translucent and comes in a big jar. Neither of them will give you much coverage when used alone but will remove shine. It’s best to dust loose powder over your foundation/concealer with a big fluffy brush all over the face. Because of its loose consistency and weightlessness, this type of powder doesn’t last as long as pressed powder. I love BSC Translucent Loose Powder (Thailand).
Pressed powder is heavier and therefore gives better coverage and staying power. It comes in a compact and has a sponge included. To apply, use the sponge provided to press the powder into your skin all over the face, concentrating on areas prone to oiliness such as the nose, forehead, chin, above the lips, and around the eyes.
I use MAC “Blot Powder” to dab on all over the eye, on top of concealer to prevent mascara and eye shadow from staining the under eye area during the day.
Step 5: Highlight and Contour
Now that your skin is a flawless canvass, it’s time to add some dimension and make your skin glow. With these two products you can accentuate some features while diminishing others. For example, you can make a wide nose look narrower, create a more defined jaw line, and bring out your cheekbones and brow bones. Basically, the darker contour shadow is used to create depth, while the light shimmery highlighter brings things forward.
I use a “Bronzing & Highlighting face powder duo” from Benefit for my cheekbones when I go out at night. One swipe of this product on the cheeks instantly contours and highlights exactly where needed.
Find out how to Sculpt Your Face with Contour Shadow and Highlighter.
Step 6: Add some color
No look is complete without a splash of color on your face. This is where a blush and bronzer come in. Putting on blush and bronzer is my favorite part of the whole makeup routine! It instantly brightens up your face and gives you a lively, healthy appearance.
Check out this article – Get Some Color and Glow: Blush vs Bronzer to find out how to correctly apply both products.
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