Arguably the most important aspect of natural makeup is foundation application. If your base looks too caked-on, the quest for a natural fresh look will fall flat.
The key is to still be able to see your skin without a thick layer of foundation hiding your beautiful complexion.
#1: Hydration Is Key
La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream (£148.99)
Make sure that you have no dry patches as it can make the skin rough, and foundation will not go on as smoothly.
#2: Use a Variety of Primers
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer in Light (£28.00)
I use layers of skin prep and different primers for different parts of the face so that when I’m using foundation and concealers, it’s more of a spot treat versus creating an entirely new base for the face. Since I hydrate [the skin] so much, I use Smashbox Primer Light to cut the shine on the forehead, nose, and chin. I use the Smashbox classic primer on the cheeks and the rest of the face and then follow with foundation.
#3: Make Your Own Blend
Kate Somerville Goat Milk (£69.99)
I like to use moisturiser to make my own foundation. One quick way to make your foundation look natural is to thin it out. The best way to do this is to add a drop or two of your foundation to your moisturizer. This will turn your foundation into a tinted moisturizer and bring the coverage down to a more natural finish.
#4: Get Glowing
Armani Fluid Sheer (36.00)
Adding a drop of liquid highlighter is always a great way to make foundation look more dewy and bright. For this, I always use Armani fluid sheers, because they are illuminating without being glittery.
#5: Spot-Treat With Foundation
YSL Serum Foundation (£39.15)
When it comes down to it, if your skin doesn’t require allover coverage, try applying it in the areas that need it most. Only apply where needed. You usually need less product than you think.
#6: Know Your Skin Type
Fiona Stiles Matte Foundation ($19.99)
If you have oily skin, opt for a product with a matte finish like Fiona Stiles Beauty Matte Finish Foundation or Nars Velvet Matte Tinted. If you’re combination or middle of the road, try a product like Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation or YSL Teint Eclat, and if you’re dry, try a moisturizing formula like Chanel Vitalumiere or Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation,
#7: Match Your Skin Tone
L’Oréal True Match Foundation (£9.99)
Of course, having a foundation that’s darker than your neck or too light for your natural skin tone is a dead giveaway that you’re wearing foundation. To avoid this, Match your skin tone with the right shade of foundation. Our skin has undertones of cool or warm. If you have pink undertones, you are on the cool side, and if you have golden undertones, you’re on the warm side. Choose at least three foundations closest to your skin tone and apply a sample of each on your jaw down to your neck. Whichever one appears invisible is a good match.
#8: Skip the Contour
RMS Living Luminiser (£102.98)
I like the skin to look expensive and lit, so I avoid heavy contours and sculpting, opting instead for luminators and highlighters. RMS has an amazing cream highlight that is great for brightening up skin throughout the day or adding a touch of glow on the go. Tapping onto the high planes and a touch down the center of the nose gives an instant glow-and-go.
#9: Blot, Don’t Dust
Tatcha Blotting Papers ($12.00)
To hide shine, skip dusting on loose powder and instead reach for the blotting papers. press a Tatcha Beauty Paper over where You have applied foundation to soak up any excess oil and set the product in place. I love this step because it cuts shine but leaves behind a really pretty, flattering glow.