A selfie opportunity can strike at any time—especially if you’re headed to a special event, like a wedding. And that’s precisely why a full coverage makeup routine should be at the top of your list of priorities when you’re getting ready. Don’t get us wrong: Going barefaced has its time and place—but on some occasions, you’re going to want to use a few key face makeup products to create a glam look. Keep reading for a step-by-step guide to photo-ready, full coverage makeup using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover line.
STEP 1: ACE YOUR BASE WITH PRIMER
First things first: Before applying any makeup to your face, start with a primer to help create a smooth base and prevent your other products from slipping off. Apply the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Lock Makeup Primer dot by dot and blend in a gentle circular motion over your entire face or onto targeted areas (think: under your eyes to smooth over fine lines, your nose and cheeks to minimize the appearance of pores and blemishes, and your T-zone for a matte finish).
STEP 2: COLOR CORRECT REDNESS, DARK CIRCLES, AND MORE
Next, grab the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit and the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender to help hide any imperfections you don’t want the world to see. If you want to neutralize redness, use the green hue; to disguise dark circles, use the peach shade; to mask discolorations, try the yellow corrector; and to revive the look of dull skin, reach for the lavender concealer. The trick to getting the most out of color-correcting concealer is to use your shade of choice sparingly and gradually build it up until you reach your desired coverage. Be sure to blend it well with your makeup blender so that any hints of color will be easily covered with foundation and concealer.
STEP 3: APPLY A FULL-COVERAGE FOUNDATION
Once you’re done color correcting, it’s time to move on to foundation. For selfie-worthy skin, reach for a full coverage formula, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation, which is available in 12 different shades. Apply the foundation with your makeup blender, using a stippling (AKA dotting) motion. Put foundation on the pointed tip of the sponge, then use the rounded edge to do your blending. Flawless foundation, here you come!
STEP 4: CONCEAL, CONCEAL, CONCEAL
After foundation, dab concealer over any imperfections that may still be peeking through. Choose a concealer shade that matches your skin tone from the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealing and Contour Kit and apply it with your makeup blender.
STEP 5: CONTOUR YOUR CHEEKBONES AND NOSE
Using the same concealer palette from the previous step, go ahead and give the contouring trend a try. All you have to do is swipe a darker shade from the palette onto your lower cheekbones, temples, the sides of your nose, and your jawline. Then, simply blend the color out with your makeup blender to create chiseled-looking cheekbones, a more sculpted-looking nose, and all-around more defined features.
STEP 6: SWIPE ON SOME BLUSH
Now that your face is covered and you’ve finished sculpting your features, go ahead and add just enough color to brighten up your complexion. Take your pick of blush hues from the L’Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Fruit-Scented Blush Makeup (it comes in four different options), or mix two colors together for a custom flush of color that will help tie your whole look together.
STEP 7: SET YOUR LOOK WITH MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY
You’ve made it to the last step! Spritzing on a makeup setting spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray, can help lock your look in place. Holding the bottle eight to ten inches away, close your eyes and spray four to six times in an X and T motion.
And just like that, you have a full coverage complexion, no filter necessary. You’re officially ready to snap those selfies! Next, learn 10 Beauty Tips for a Camera-Ready Look.