face makeup 4 Pro Tips to Make Your Makeup Look Smooth

No cakey foundation here.

May 25, 2022
How To Make Your Makeup Look Smooth

Nothing ruins a great makeup look quite like cakey-looking skin. Considering that the point of foundation is to blur imperfections, it’s a real letdown when it creates issues, namely emphasized skin texture and a patchy complexion. 

If this is something that you struggle with, keep reading because we spoke with Sir John, celebrity makeup artist and L’Oréal Paris expert, to learn his techniques for mastering smooth makeup.

1. Prep Your Skin By Exfoliating

Regardless of what makeup you apply on your skin, having dry patches and uneven skin texture will detract from the smoothness of your complexion. To address these concerns, Sir John stresses the importance of exfoliating. 

“Chemical exfoliators are the name of the game,” he says. “When you have a freshly exfoliated dermis, the foundation grips to your skin better.” He recommends chemical exfoliating products over manual exfoliators because they’re more gentle. We love the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift 10% Pure Glycolic Acid Serum because it’s gentle enough for daily use, and it evens the complexion, resurfaces the skin and addresses the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

2. Don’t Forget to Moisturize 

A layer of a moisturizing product is essential in order for your foundation to look its best. Sir John says that even a bit of a lightweight moisturizer or serum will do. 

If you have very oily skin, you can skip a traditional moisturizer and opt for a hydrating serum, like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum. It helps to re-plump and hydrate your skin without leaving behind any kind of heavy or greasy residue. 

If you have dry skin, try a rich moisturizer, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Anti-Aging Day Moisturizer SPF 25. It has a nourishing formula that helps to mitigate dry patches in addition to SPF protection and antioxidants.