Have you ever felt like your foundation is not blending well, or that it’s clinging onto your pores or dry patches, or even that your skin looks a bit too dull? That’s probably due to a poor makeup base routine. Today I thought I would show you what I do to achieve a naturally flawless complexion. By playing with my skin’s moisture levels and highlighting certain areas, I ‘trick’ my face into looking more radiant and perfected.
My ‘Naturally Flawless’ routine consists of serum, moisturiser/primer, foundation and concealer. Bare in mind that most days I don’t even wear foundation, so this routine applies especially for when I’m wearing a full face of makeup. Let’s get to it!
YSL Forever Youth Liberator Serum, £60 – Boots
1. Nourish: Apply a facial serum before your moisturiser; serums can get nutrients into deeper layers of skin that moisturisers can’t reach. So the first step to achieving a ‘Naturally Flawless Complexion’ is to apply whatever nourishment you need (anti-ageing, skin brightening, acne prevention, etc) onto your skin; I’m using an anti-ageing one to restore my skin’s youthfulness.
Monu Line Smoothing Skin Perfector, £17.50 – Monu
2. Moisturise: Follow your facial serum with a moisturiser that best suits your skin type. Moisturisers generally contain larger molecules, which won’t penetrate as deep as the serum, so the purpose of a moisturiser, as the name suggests is to add moisture and hydrate your skin on the surface. I’m using one that smoothes my complexion, ready for makeup application.
Note: I often get asked the question ‘serum or moisturiser’ and my answer is always both. One does not replace the other because they both serve different purposes.
YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation (BD50), £28 – Feelunique
3. Smooth: Choose a foundation that best suits your skin’s tone, texture and type. For example, if you have oily skin, choose an oil-free foundation; if you have scars, choose a medium/full coverage foundation; if you have yellow undertones on your skin, stay away from foundations with pink undertones. Remember that Foundation is not designed to conceal every skin imperfection; it is best used to even out your skin tone, smooth your complexion and provide some coverage for most imperfections. I chose a brightening foundation, which helps my skin look reinvigorated and healthy.
4. Highlight: Using a creamy light reflective concealer one or two shades lighter than your foundation, apply it on the areas shown on the picture above, and blend it with your fingers until it disappears into your skin. The purpose is to brighten up the areas where the light would normally hit, therefore giving your skin a boost of life and light. This will give you a more naturally flawless complexion instead of simply applying a shimmery highlighter over your base.
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer (#3), £4.19 – Boots
5. Conceal: To hide dark circles, stubborn scars, redness and spots use a concealer one shade lighter than your foundation on selected areas, and blend it with a fluffy brush. This step will ensure that everything looks flawless and perfected!
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural (Medium Dark), £21 – Debenhams
6. Powder: Last but not least, using a fine powder to control the shine on your face. You don’t have to powder your whole face, especially if you have dry skin; just target the areas you need to look matte. I always powder my cheeks before applying any powder blushes or bronzers, as that helps them blend in better. Now you’re all prepped, follow with your usual makeup!
I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial to achieve a ‘Naturally Flawless Complexion’. Even though this is a pretty basic routine, I know a lot of people that wouldn’t even know what to do with all of these products. And if you already knew all of that, maybe you learned some new tricks or found it entertaining somehow :)
Let me know what your think on the comments below, and do share some of your best tips for a ‘Naturally Flawless Complexion’!