I want to achieve a no-makeup look. My skin tone is a bit uneven and I have little veins on my cheeks. What can I do to smooth it out without looking like I'm wearing makeup?
- Place a mirror by the best window in the house. There's no better light than genuine daylight when it comes to applying makeup. (If you get up before dawn or work at night, practice your routine a few times in daylight so you can replicate color and placement.)
- Start with an oil-free moisturizer. Apply to the entire face. Let it set a few minutes.
- Select a concealer that gives good coverage. Using a flat, square-shaped brush, apply it ever-so-delicately directly to the uneven areas. Let it set a few seconds. Look in the mirror, if you still see redness or blue tones coming through, repeat the technique. Remember, you must use a gentle, light touch; you don't want to clump on concealer. The goal is a light painting of makeup to cover any patchiness.
- Skip foundation, the layering on of too much product can look artificial.
- If the concealer looks at all rough or dry, take a bit of your oil-free moisturizer and gently pat it over the concealer. Again, let it set a few seconds.
- Use a blotting powder with a velour puff to set the concealer by softly placing it over the area. Don't drag the puff or use a brush to apply the powder, as you're liable to pull the concealer right off.
Estée Lauder Lucidity Light-Diffusing Concealer SPF8
Contains light-reflecting particles to enhance the look of the skin.
Available: Department stores, EstéeLauder.com
Kryolan Dermacolor Camouflage Cream
Remember, this product must be applied extra sparingly, but the coverage is excellent.
Available: (800) 767-7068
Cle de Peau Beaute Corrective Concealer
Covers spots, freckles and uneven skin tone; provides a beautiful natural finish.
Available: Cle de Peau Counters at fine department stores