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Flawless-looking skin is the goal for any done-up face, but let’s be real—no one’s complexion is actually perfect. Fortunately, the right face makeup routine can help create the appearance of a more even skin tone, even if what’s going on underneath isn’t ideal. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to even out your skin tone, we’ve got you covered with our top tips for masking imperfections with face makeup. Follow along below and learn how to use makeup to help create an even-looking complexion because a flawless face is one makeup trend that will never go out of style.
The first step to getting even-looking skin with makeup is to apply primer. The right primer can help create an even base for the rest of your makeup application and it can also help prevent your makeup from fading throughout the day. The L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Magic Perfecting Base helps smooth lines and hide pores, and its matte finish helps disguise imperfections. If you’re looking for a more luminous look, try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Lock Makeup Primer, which will give your complexion a radiant glow. After you've completed your skin care routine and moisturized with your go-to facial moisturizer, use gentle circular motions to apply whichever primer suits your fancy.
Once you’ve primed your skin, survey your face for any imperfections you’d like to cover. Think: redness, dullness, under-eye bags, or puffiness. Of course, we think you’re gorgeous in the skin you’re in—but if you’d like to cover up specific areas of your face, now’s the time to reach for color-correcting concealers. Depending on your skin tone and what type of imperfection you’re trying to mask, pick your desired shade (or shades!) of color-correcting crayons, such as the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Color-Correcting Crayon.
Generally, the color-correcting rules are as follows: green helps neutralize redness (like blemishes or blotchiness), yellow masks purple areas (such as broken capillaries or age spots), and peach, pink, and orange help disguise bluish spots (like dark circles and spots). If you’re new at color-correcting or just not quite sure what shade to use, pick a palette that contains a few different options, such as the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit, which comes with four shades: green to help combat the look of redness, peach to help disguise pesky under-eye circles, yellow to help hide discolorations, and purple to help brighten any dull areas. Dab your shades of choice on using a makeup blender and remember: a little goes a long way. Color-correcting concealers should be used before foundation, that way you won’t need to use quite as much foundation to cover things up afterward.
The key to achieving gorgeous, even-looking skin is to use a buildable foundation so that your coverage is customizable. This way you can go as sheer or as heavy as you’d like on certain areas. It’s crucial here that you also choose the correct shade of foundation so as to match your natural skin tone (and not look fake!). The L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super Blendable Makeup comes in 45 different shades that match your skin tone and your skin’s undertones (warm, neutral or cool) for a true-to-skin result.
After applying your foundation, go back and cover any remaining imperfections with a concealer that matches your skin’s tone and texture. Again, reach for a formula that’s buildable, such as the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer, which comes with a built-in sponge applicator for precise coverage building. A concealer palette, such as the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealing and Contour Kit, is another good option because it allows you to easily blend shades to create your perfect match. With four flesh-toned concealer shades, you can either use the color closest to your skin tone or mix and match shades to create a custom blend. Apply your concealer with a brush (or your fingers), then use a beauty blender to smooth things out. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender.
One of the final steps in your makeup routine is to sculpt your newly even-looking skin tone. You know what that means: contouring. Don’t be intimidated—although it sounds super fancy, contouring your face requires an easy technique. Generally, all you have to do is trace the shape of the number “3” on either side of your face, hitting your forehead, cheekbone, and jawline. For this step, use a concealer shade that’s two hues darker than your skin tone and be sure to blend your lines out with a makeup blender for a natural look.
Editor’s note: You’ve got the basics of contouring down pat but it's still a good idea to make sure you aren't making any easily avoidable mistakes. Check out The 7 Contour Mistakes You Could Be Making before labeling yourself a contour expert.
Congratulations! You’ve made it to the end of your makeup routine. Now you’re a pro at evening out your skin tone with makeup. But before you head out for the day (or night), lock your look into place with a few spritzes of a makeup setting spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray. To use, shake the bottle well, then close your eyes and spray it four to six times in ‘X’ and ‘T’ motions 8-10 inches away from your face. Your makeup will look fresh for hours—no touch-ups necessary.
When your skin care routine isn’t cutting it, makeup can be used to combat almost any imperfection. Next, read The Complete Makeup Routine for Large Pores.