How to Get Natural Looking Foundation
I don’t have great skin so I assumed the enviable ‘no makeup’ makeup look wouldn’t work for me. However, with a little experimentation – I think I have finally mastered it.
Did you know you’re not supposed to use foundation to cover your imperfections?
Foundations job is to even your skin tone. Most of us are slightly darker around our chins or noses. In my case, the area around my chin and nose are much darker than the skin towards my ears.
A foundation should reduce redness and blotchiness but not mask your face so you can’t see any real skin underneath.
The best way to achieve natural looking foundation is to go very light with your foundation and use concealer or a colour corrector to disguise any imperfections. This way you are putting the heavier products on where you actually need them instead of having a thick layer over your whole face.
This ‘natural looking foundation’ method will let your skin shine through and give you a radiant, youthful look.
In this post I am going to demonstrate how it can be done on my skin. Some people will think I have great skin, some will think it’s terrible. I had bad acne last year which you can read about and see pictures here. I am pretty happy with my skin now. I have been using some light peels lately so it’s a bit dry and flaky.
You don’t need to use these exact products. Use whatever you have and what works for you:
- Mac Studio Duo Concealer in the shade Pale Yellow/ Pale Pink.
- Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in the shade 02.
- Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in the shade Gobi.
- Real Techniques Pixel Point Eyeliner Brush.
- An ebay dupe of the Mac 217 Brush.
Step 1) Prep Your Skin.
I prepared my skin by washing it with my Paula’s Choice Pore-Normalising Cleanser, applying my Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Pore Reducing Toner, and Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 12% BHA Liquid. To finish, I applied a thick layer of a discontinued Paula’s Choice Moisturiser and massaged it into my skin.
I also did my brows. I don’t actually have a dedicated brow product at the moment so I used a very thin brush and some brown eyeshadow to create some small strokes and give the appearance of less sparse brows. I didn’t do a whole lot, as you can see.
Step 2. Apply Your Foundation
Apply a thin layer of foundation over your whole face with clean fingers. I prefer to use fingers because I find the heat helps to blend the foundation into my skin quicker and it gives a more natural finish. If I ever feel like it’s not looking right I will take a clean buffing brush and buff my skin lightly until I feel like it’s all blended in. If you prefer to use a brush or beauty blender, that’s fine. Try pressing your skin gently with your hands afterwards as the heat really helps give you a natural finish.
Today, I used the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in the shade ‘Gobi’. This is great for normal skin but it has a tendency to cling to any dry patches. You can use your regular foundation. If it’s a bit too thick or heavy, mix it with some of your moisturiser to sheer it out.
I would avoid any matte foundations unless you are very oily. They wont give you a ‘skin-like’ finish. If you really need one, try experimenting and sheering it out with a moisturiser.
Step 3. Add Colour Corrector
Some people colour correct before foundation. I prefer to do it after because it wont be disrupted by applying my foundation and I’ll know for sure how much coverage I need.
I used the Mac Studio Conceal and Correct Duo as a colour corrector.
The salmon shade helps to cancel out any bluish tones so it’s great for under the eye. I usually apply this first and blend it before putting the yellow on over the top. But to keep it all in one photo, I put it all on together today.
So I blend the salmon in which corrects the blue tones under my eyes. I then go over it with a bit of yellow. The yellow brightens under my eyes really well and makes it look like I actually get sleep.
I then put the yellow shade over any red areas on my face. I get really bad redness around my nose so I always have to conceal around it. Lately, since I have been doing peels I have had a bit of extra blotchiness and redness around my chin.
To blend it in, I will press it in with my finger. If it can notice it, ill go back in with a fluffy eyeshadow brush and blend around the outsides to feather it out.
Step 4. Spot Conceal
I only had a couple of small spots on my chin today so I used the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer in the Shade 02 to cover them up. This is quite a thick and heavy concealer, its great for coverage but you def dont want to be using it all over. It is on the dry side so if you have dry patches, it’s not the best option.
I pick it up with a fine brush and tap it onto my spot to apply, then I tap it in with my finger to blend it in. If I am not happy with how its blended, I will get my fluffy eyeshadow brush to blend around the outside.
I am not wearing much product and you can see my freckles. I feel like my skin looks youthful and fresh.
I finished my look by applying the Nars ‘Fire Down Below’ Lipstick on my cheeks and I tapped a bit into my lips for a light stain. Then I used a bit of bronzer over my eyelid to create a bit of depth.
I finished this look by applying mascara. I didn’t comb the brush through my lashes, I just pressed the brush against them until they had some product on them. I focused mainly on the base of the lashes. This creates a really natural and undone look. I kept the natural shape and length of the lashes and basically just darkened them with the mascara.
This is my everyday look. It’s super quick and easy and it makes me feel good about my skin.
What are your thoughts on my natural looking foundation? Leave me a comment below.
As always, thank you for reading.