5 Steps to a Flawless Looking Face

When I was in my late 20’s and early 30’s I had terrible acne. I had had acne as a teenager, but my adult acne was way worse. I felt so self-conscious about my skin and would either pack on the makeup to hide it or not leave the house on days it was really bad. I felt like I looked terrible and that people were staring at me and thinking I looked ugly. Or worse, "why doesn't she take care of her skin?"

I would never leave the house without wearing makeup, and if I was dating someone I wouldn’t let him see me without my makeup. It was not a fun way to live.

I remember wishing I had beautiful skin, and that I would be so much prettier if my skin looked good.

It took several years for me get my skin under control by taking better care of myself and reducing stress, and for my hormones to have balanced. Now my skin looks great. It's not perfect, but my acne is gone and it's clear. I often go without makeup and feel confident doing so. But I still love to wear makeup, and feel like I look even better when I have done at least my face makeup routine.

I often get compliments on my skin and how great it looks. I love hearing it, but I still get surprised when I hear it because I still remember how terrible I used to feel about my skin.

I know having great looking skin is something a lot of women struggle with. And I get it. When your skin looks dull, broken out, or sun damaged, it affects the way you feel about how you look. Even if you have clear skin, applying makeup to look flawless can be difficult. 

Is this something that you’ve struggled with?

If so, then you’re going to love this post! Because I’m sharing with you my top 5 tips to get flawless looking skin with your makeup!

Read below to learn more about my flawless face routine.

1. Moisturize and prep your face really good. Great makeup starts with great skin. So even if you have breakouts or oily skin, find a great moisturizer that works for your skin type and massage it into your skin so it’s completely absorbed. Your skin will look smoother and healthier.

After you moisturize, use a primer that's for your skin type. I love using a radiant primer to give my skin a glow from within before I apply my foundation. My favorite right now is Charlotte Tilbury’s Wonder Glow Soft Focus Primer. If you have oily skin, you can use a shine reducing primer to keep your skin matte and fresh looking. I love Make Up For Ever’s Step 1 Mattifying Primer.

2. Use a foundation that will give you the look you want. So often women just grab a liquid foundation without researching what kind of look or finish it’s going to give them. If you want a dewy glow to your skin, use a tinted moisturizer or foundation that has the words radiant, luminous, glow, etc in the title. Try Becca's Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation. If you want your skin to look just like skin (not too dewy, but not too flat), use a foundation that says semi-matte, nude or skin in the title or description. I love Make Up For Ever’s Ultra HD Invisible Liquid Foundation or Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Foundation. For a completely flat, non-shiny look, choose a foundation that says matte in the title or description. Make Up For Ever’s Mat Velvet Foundation or Chanel’s Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation are perfect for this.

Once you’ve found your perfect foundation, you want to apply it evenly and perfectly blended into your skin so people see you, not your makeup.  Apply a pea size amount of liquid foundation with a flat or buffing foundation brush. This should be the perfect amount to even out your skin without looking caked on. Put the foundation on the back of your hand and dip the tip of your brush into it. Then start in the center of your face and start sweeping it across your face in broad strokes towards the edges of your face. If you see streaks you can move your brush in circular motions to blend it more, or use a slightly damp sponge to blend it in. Make sure you blend the foundation down your jawline and neck so you don’t have a noticeable line where you stopped applying it. If you have areas where you need a little more coverage, you can dip your brush into the foundation again and dab it on the place that needs a little more.

3. Conceal dark circles and spots. You only need a small amount of concealer to brighten under the eyes and cover up acne and dark spots. Use a small stiff concealer brush to apply a thin layer over the dark spot/circle/blemish and use your ring finger to lightly tap around the spot to blend the makeup in. If you can still see the spot, you can add another thin layer. I love Laura Mercier's Secret Camouflage Concealer or Nars' Radiant Concealer.

*Pro Tip: Even if your skin is less than perfect, trust me, you don't want to pile on the makeup. It will only draw attention to it. The best thing you can do is get your foundation to even out your skin tone and then use your concealer to hide what you don't want to be seen. You need a lot less makeup than you think!

4. Use a translucent powder in your t zone to reduce shine and set your makeup. You just need the smallest amount, and make sure it’s a translucent or super fine powder. Sweep it across your forehead, nose, top of cheeks and chin with a large fluffy powder brush. My favorites are Laura Mercier’s Pressed Setting Powder and Charlotte Tilbury’s Air Brush Flawless Finish Powder.

5. Add color and dimension to your face with bronzer and blush. Once you have the perfect base, you need to add some color and dimension to your face so it doesn’t look completely flat or washed out. I love using a natural looking bronzer and pretty peachy pink blush to finish my flawless face. Sweep the bronzer across the high points of your face, where the sun would naturally hit you- forehead, nose, cheeks, chin, jawline and center of the throat. My favorite blush at the moment is Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar Bronze and Glow. The highlighter is also divine!

Dust a pretty, peachy pink blush on the apples of your cheeks and blend softly up the cheekbone. I’m wearing Nars’ Deep Throat right now for a pretty flush.

*Bonus Step! To set your makeup and get it to look like skin, I love to finish with a hydrating setting spray. It helps the powders set into the skin and look really natural. I like to spray a fine mist moving the bottle in a circle around my face. Spritz the spray as you’re circling, about 12 inches from the face. I love the setting sprays Make Up For Ever’s Mist and Fix and MAC’s Fix +.

Whenever I’m working with a woman, my focus for her makeup is always getting her skin to look flawless, and then everything else falls into place. Because when your skin looks amazing, you don’t need a ton of makeup to attract attention away from it.

I hope that these tips will help you get your skin looking flawless, and you’ll feel confident and beautiful.