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Being a blogger can be such a balancing act, putting out inspiring content while also trying to keep it real. I’ve shared about my uneven skin tone on Snapchat and Instagram stories, so it seemed only natural to write a post about how I manage to get a flawless face like I do in those blog photos! Keepin’ it real: My skin tone is very uneven. I have fairly dark circles under my eyes and I have bright redness on my cheeks/nose. (Pictured below: I removed my makeup from the left side. You can see redness on my cheek and part of the darkness towards the outer corner, just below my eye. Also pictured: the other side of my face with a flawless skin tone.)
I’ve come to learn that there’s a very specific order to apply makeup to cover uneven skin tones, apply smoothly, and last all day. Before you cake on the concealer to hide your flaws, try this order:
1. Hydrating Lotion
The most important step to flawless makeup is moisturizer. I apply Cetaphil® Moisturizing Lotion and Cetaphil® Daily Hydrating Lotion before using a primer or any makeup products. Their formulas moisturize well without clogging your pores. Not only do they help to prime your skin for makeup, they also help nourish and protect your skin. As a result, you’re hydrating your skin, while also preparing your face for long-lasting makeup. You can find Cetaphil products in the face care aisle at Target!
Now that your face is moisturized, you can apply a primer to help your foundation stick. If you struggle with redness or sensitive skin, you will again want to aim for something hydrating. If you struggle with greasy skin, you can opt for a more “sticky” primer. (The Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion actually has a gel texture, so this would work well for either skin type!)
Apply a very small amount of concealer product in thin layers to your biggest trouble areas. I apply a redness concealer to my cheeks & nose and a brightening concealer to my undereye.
Apply foundation to the remaining areas of your face. I avoid applying foundation to the areas that I have already applied concealer to, as it can result in too much product, which looks “cakey.”
5. Setting spray
I use setting spray twice during my makeup routine. The first time is after I finish any liquid skin products (foundation and concealer). Wait for it to completely dry before applying your next product.
6. Setting powder
Apply a very small amount of setting powder in thin layers. Powder should always be your absolute last step and you should wait until the rest of your makeup is completely dry before applying it. When powder mixes with foundation, it can create creases or become “cakey.”
7. Setting spray
The second time I use setting spray is after I’ve applied any powders. This step seals in the final look for a flawless, long-lasting face!