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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 finding a total 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 makeup!
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 slicking off. Apply the L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Magic Perfecting Base dot by dot and blend in a gentle circular motion over your entire face or to 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 result).
Next, grab the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit and the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Concealer 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 eyelid discolorations, try the 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 sponge so that any hints of color will be easily covered with foundation and concealer.
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 shades. Apply it with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender using a stippling motion. Put foundation onto the pointed tip of the sponge, then use the rounded edge to do your blending.
After foundation, dab concealer over any areas where you had previously color corrected, as well as any places where you want to add a bit more brightness. When covering color corrected areas, choose the concealer that’s closest to your natural skin color from the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealing and Contour Kit and apply it with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Concealer Blender.
Using the same concealer palette from the previous step, go ahead and try the contouring trend. All you have to do is use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Contour Blender to create chiseled-looking cheekbones and a more sculpted-looking nose.
Now that your face is covered and you’ve finished sculpting your features, go ahead and add just enough color to brighten it up a bit more. Take your pick of blush hues from the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Blush (it comes with four!) or mix two of the colors together for a flush of color to help tie your whole look together.
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 8-10 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 already to snap those selfies!