Luminous, dewy, bronzy, matte, semi-matte — as much as we love those adjectives, we really just want our foundation to make our skin look like, well, skin (minus the redness, acne scars, fine lines, and sun spots, natch). And while foundation can sometimes do a really good job of this, other times, not so much. Pigments settle into fine lines. Powders cake over blemishes. Textures clash. Shades don’t match. That foundation that you applied to make your skin look better, actually ends up making it look a lot worse.
We tapped top makeup pros for their tips on applying the most natural-looking foundation possible. Click ahead for a no-makeup makeup masterclass — and never curse out your pigments again.
大部分的人们总是维持着化妆水，或者隔离霜，然后打底的基本程序，但其实没有任何一个化妆师会这么做。知名造型师Tim Quinn 说道：“在后台，化妆也许只需要2分钟，但肌肤的打理却是一个20到30分钟的过程。”
You know how you typically slap on some moisturizer, maybe a primer, and get straight to work with the tinted stuff? Yeah, makeup artists never do that. “Backstage, skin can be a 20-30 minute process then the makeup is two minutes,” says Tim Quinn, makeup artist and national director of creative artistry for Armani Beauty.
Most artists start with a soothing toner or mask, then they massage in oils, serums, face creams, and eye creams in small, circular motions — waiting a few minutes between each step to allow them to settle. “If you don’t have proper hydration in the skin and you go to put on foundation, that’s when your skin freaks out,” says Quinn.
Moisture Is Everything
Dehydrated skin will suck up any moisture in the product and leave a finish that looks fake and obvious, Stern adds. If you have oily skin, continue with your regular routine, but don’t skimp on that massage, which boosts circulation and makes the skin look brighter.
This priming moisturizer won’t replace your go-to base, but it will let you layer up on hydration.
Rethink Your Primer
隔离霜并不代表你一定需要将它涂膜覆盖全脸，Ariana Grande的化妆师Daniel Chinchilla推荐大家使用“鸡尾酒法则”：将具有控油功能的隔离霜涂抹在面部的T区，然后其他部位使用基本的保湿款隔离.“大部分油性肌肤的人事实上都存在混合肌，如果你将哑光隔离霜涂在脸部干燥区域，底妆就会出现卡粉。”
Just because it’s called primer doesn’t mean you should smear it all over your face. Makeup artist Daniel Chinchilla (who works with Ariana Grande) recommends cocktailing formulas — smooth on an oil-controlling primer in the T-zone and a silicone-based one for the rest of the face. “Most people who have oily skin really have some form of combination skin,” says Chinchilla. “And if you put a matte primer over a dry area, it will take away the moisture and make it look cakey.”
Conceal Before Foundation
If you start slapping on foundation without concealing blemishes or undereye circles first, you’re going to overcompensate and end up using way too much product — and it will show. Instead, take care of them with a lightweight concealer first. Then, assess how much foundation you need from there.
If you want to fool everyone into thinking you’re not wearing makeup and just have naturally great skin, this is for you. Suck in your cheeks and swipe the darker shade across the indentation, then blend out and tap the highlighter above. Done.
Blush First, Too
It sounds crazy, but applying blush before foundation will give your skin a natural-looking flush (like it’s actually coming from within your skin and not just sitting on top of your foundation). Makeup artists like Quinn and Dick Page use this trick all the time backstage at fashion shows. Just be sure to only use cream formulas — layering a powder blush under a liquid foundation is a recipe for disaster, warns Quinn.
Take It Down
If you overdo it (it happens!), try this tip from Quinn: “I lightly dip a big powder brush in a plain moisturizer and sweep it over the skin — the same way you would apply powder,” he says. “That takes the foundation down a bit and adds a subtle illuminating effect.”