Here’s how to look naturally flawless.
Fake a flawless complexion with these easy tips. (Photo: tomwang / www.123rf.com)
A smooth, impeccable canvas is important – especially in makeup looks that accentuate features like the eyes or lips. Your goal is to look naturally ﬂawless – not airbrushed.
1. How to fake a flawless complexion: Hold the moisturiser
It’s not just the lotions and serums you use, but the sequence in which you apply your skincare that helps maximise their effectiveness, says Dr Cheong Wai Kwong, a dermatologist on Shape’s advisory board. This is especially important if you use topical medication (like anti-acne cream) or treatment products. Apply these right after cleansing and toning your face, and wait ﬁve to 10 minutes before layering on your moisturiser, advises Dr Cheong.
2. How to fake a flawless complexion: Get the right foundation
Choose a foundation formula that suits your complexion and offers your desired ﬁnish – if you want a dewy look, opt for ﬂuid; those with combination skin can use a liquid (hydrating) and powder (mattifying) combo.
3. How to fake a flawless complexion: Use a primer
Don’t forget your primer – it’s the secret to looking poreless.
4. How to fake a flawless complexion: Work it inside out
Yadim, Dior international makeup designer, suggests starting from the centre of the face and slowly working outwards to create even coverage.
Apply loose powder over your foundation to ace your base. (Photo: pogrebkov / www.123rf.com)
5. How to fake a flawless complexion: Dust and set
Tayaba Jafri, director of international artistry and promotions at Laura Mercier, recommends adopting a rolling motion to “work” loose powder into skin. “This helps to set the foundation better and make it long-lasting,” she says. Applying loose powder over foundation is key to achieving a smooth base.
6. How to fake a flawless complexion: Sculpt
The artful use of bronzer or blusher can give the appearance of slimmer cheeks and tone down an angular jaw. A contour brush is best, but a foundation brush works too. “Sweep some bronzer or blush under your cheekbones for a sexy, sculpted look. Dusting a little along the jawline gives the illusion of softer features,” says Keith Bryant Lee, celebrity makeup artist.
7. How to fake a flawless complexion: Touch up
Constantly piling on layers can make your face look cakey. First rid excess grease with facial blotting paper – not tissue – and spray on a hydrating mist, says Keith. For spot touch-ups, dab moisturiser on the area with your pinkie before reapplying foundation. It’s best to use the same formula that you used at the start of the day, he adds.