It’s funny how I can spend a ton of time doing a super elaborate eye look that I think is incredible and then the next day do a simple eye with focus on glowy skin and I will get so many more compliments on my “natural” face. (Don’t think that deters me from my drag-inspired eyes, though.) No one has perfect skin, especially me, so it can take some work and technique to fake it til you make it! Allow me to share some tricks I’ve pick up along the way. Disclaimer: Everyone’s skin is different. What works for me may not work for you! I have dry/combination skin. I can get a bit patchy in some areas and a tiny oily in my T-zone as the day wears on. I prefer a dewy-glowy finish of foundation.
Prep Your Skin: At a minimum, apply moisturizer. I prefer to use a primer after my moisturizer to add some luminosity to the skin. Becca Backlight Priming Filter ($38) is my current fav.
Color Correct: There’s a lot of hype around color correcting right now but I think things have gone a little too far. Not everyone needs to color correct! I only correct redness because luckily my under- eye area isn’t too dark or discolored. I used NYX HD Concealer ($4.99) in the green shade to dot over my red areas or blemishes after applying primer. I then apply my concealer (MAC Pro Longwear Concealer; $21) over the green to neutralize the red. If you go straight in with foundation over the green I find that sometimes it shows through a little so I like to take extra precaution with applying a concealer first. If you have dark circles under your eyes, a peach or even orange-toned concealer is good for neutralizing the bluish discoloration. Tip: DOT your concealer on. I like to use the IT Cosmetics #203 Brush ($22) and a tapping motion to press the concealer into the skin. I find this is the best method to use because it covers best.
Conceal: Using MAC Prolongwear Concealer, I will dot any areas of discoloration with a concealer before applying foundation. I like to do this first so I don’t have to use as much foundation as I would otherwise. Again, I use the IT Cosmetics #203 concealer brush for this. I like the MAC Prolongwear Concealer because it doesn’t wear off throughout the day, and it is a drier formula so when it sets it doesn’t move. It also has a formulation that prevents creasing throughout wear.
Prepare Foundation: I loveeee to mix foundations. Typically this helps to get a better color match for my skin, but it’s also nice to help adjust the finish of the foundation. A lot of foundations I like that are full coverage are more matte, and I prefer a dewier finish. So I will mix in Illamasqua Skin Base foundation or Cinema Secrets cream foundation ($24) to my matte foundation to add some glow and hydration. If you are going for a strong glow, I recommend mixing Becca’s Liquid Shimmering Skin Perfector ($41) in with your foundation.
Apply Foundation: I will always first dot the foundation all over my face to help disperse the product before going in with a brush. Tip: I will also always spray MAC Fix+ ($22) on the brush and my face to help with blending and hydration. MAC Fix+ has glycerin in it, which will help the foundation stick to your skin as well.
Concealing, Final Touches: I will generally continue on with the rest of my face at this point and leave the foundation to set. After I finish my eye makeup I will see if any areas need additional coverage. I die for the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer ($35) for particularly stubborn discoloration and blemishes. A tiny brush is important because it really lets you put the product where you need it most.
Extra Glow: You can totally go back in with a good patting of the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (or any highlight for that matter) over the high points of your face (cheekbones, right above the arch of your brow, down the bridge of your nose, cupid’s bow, and tip of the chin) for some extra dewiness