Learn the 3 steps for everyday application―and a few tricks to give your look a boost.
Step 1: Even Out Your Skin Tone
If You Want a Basic Look: Use Concealer
- Using a fine, densely bristled brush, apply a small amount to the inner corner under the eye.
- Draw a crisscross over any redness or discoloration that needs to be covered. (This distributes color more evenly.) Cover the top of a pimple rather than the area around it.
- Using your index finger, blend with a light tapping motion.
Pitfalls to Avoid
- Choose the right shade: If your concealer is too light, it will accentuate dark patches.
- Don't rub the makeup from side to side, which will actually remove the product from the skin. Pat it gently.
- Keep concealer away from the outer corners of the eyes, where it can highlight fine lines.
If You Want a Boost: Use Foundation
- Look for areas that are discolored or need evening out.
- Using a flat foundation brush, a wedge sponge, or your fingers, lightly dab a small amount of the product in the center of these areas only (not the whole face).
- Blend the color into your skin working in downward and outward strokes so that fine hairs on the skin lie smoothly in the direction of their growth.
- Apply concealer over foundation.
Pitfalls to Avoid
- Don't slather foundation all over, like moisturizer.
- Remember to blend along the hairline, under the jawline, and in front of the ears to avoid a makeup "mask."
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