Here’s How to Make Your Foundation Look Like Skin


The purpose of foundation is to make your skin look flawless and natural that no one can notice you’re wearing anything at all. However, make-up artists will tell you that foundation is actually the trickiest cosmetic product to master. So, how can you nail it like a pro? Here are some tried and tested tricks to making your skin look like skin.

  1. Prep Your Skin

Dry patches are foundation’s number one enemy—they make your foundation look flaky and uneven, no matter how hydrating your make-up is. Smooth out your skin by exfoliating with scrubs or chemical exfoliator, and then moisturize afterwards. You don’t always have to use a primer, but it can be helpful when combating oiliness and large pores.

  1. Custom-Blend For the Right Shade

The skin tends to go darker in summer and lighter during the colder months, and custom-blending your foundation allows you to tweak the right shade year-round. If you bought a darker shade, don’t get rid of it just yet. Get a new bottle in a shade lighter than your current skin tone. Mix a drop of each foundation before testing it on your jawline. If it matches, use it all over your face. If otherwise, play with ratios until you hit the right colour.

  1. Do Your Make-Up Under Good Lighting

In other words, do your make-up in front of a window. Natural lighting gives the most accurate impression of how your make-up will look when you’re out the door. If that’s impossible, try installing white light bulbs in your bathroom or vanity area for the closest imitation of outdoor lighting.

  1. Use Your Finger

Nothing beats your fingers for faster and streak-free make-up application. There’s more flexibility with liquid variants of foundations since they are more sheer and forgiving. But do not pile the product carelessly. Start by dotting some product on areas where you need more coverage, such as the T-zone and the sides of the nose, and then spread what’s left over the rest of the face.

  1. Use Concealer Only if Necessary

A skin that’s too flawless—and cakey—due to too much concealer doesn’t look natural at all. If you have freckles or a mole on your face, let it peek through your foundation. Letting your natural marks show up will make your foundation look natural on days when you don’t need too much make-up. But for instances when full coverage is needed, such as attending events and parties, use the right texture of concealer to do the job: creamy formula on dark under-eye circles and thicker consistency for concealing marks and freckles.

  1. Set With Powder

This one is a no brainer. Every liquid product should be set with powder to ensure it stays in place all day. Get a translucent powder to make sure you’re not altering the shade of your foundation with your setting powder.

For your everyday make-up, less is more. Strive to achieve a natural-looking make-up by starting with your foundation.