I’ve been off my writing game for over a week now, thanks to a nasty cold acquired while traveling despite copious applications of hand sanitizer and Wet Wipes.
Finally emerging from my self-imposed cocoon (and beauty purgatory), I wanted to share five quick tips for a flawless finish, now that summer’s in the rearview mirror.
- Prime skin with moisturizing sunblock. I like L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur with SPF 30. Smooths out imperfections, protects from damage, easy to find and quite inexpensive. You might not even need foundation, but if you do…
- First, add highlights. It’s counterintuitive to do this before applying foundation, but makeup artists swear it leaves skin glowier. Dot liquid highlighter (like the classic Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat) on brow bones, cheekbones, the bridge of your nose and the “Cupid’s bow” above the center of your upper lip. Once you add your foundation, the highlights will blend in beautifully.
- Get even. This often means combining lighter and darker shades of foundation to get the right custom color. At this time of year, you may be phasing out a tan or finding that your face and neck are slightly different from each other.
- Apply from the center out. Start your foundation application with a light dab in the center of your forehead, nose and chin. Blend outwards with a sponge or brush for a light touch that avoids the dreaded mask look.
- Save concealer for last. Let your foundation dry so the concealer has something to cling to, and don’t go more than one shade lighter than your base.