Sure, there may be days where you want to rock a natural makeup look, but there will be others where you prefer to get glammed up and wear a full face. Whether it’s a special occasion or you simply feel like looking #flawless, the right makeup products and techniques can come in handy when creating a beauty look that’ll give your favorite Instagram and Snapchat filters a run for their money. Below, we’re sharing a step-by-step tutorial on how to do a full face of makeup for a flawless look. Get ready to snap a selfie!
STEP #1: PRIME YOUR FACE
When wearing full face makeup, makeup primer is non-negotiable. Not only will it boost the lifespan of your expertly layered makeup, but it’ll also help blur imperfections and create an even, blank canvas for your makeup products to follow. Smooth on the L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base to do just that.
STEP #2: NEUTRALIZE DISCOLORATIONS
A flawless look means redness, dark circles, dark spots, and other forms of discoloration need to stay out of sight! That’s where color correcting with the L’Oréal Paris True Match Color Correcting Crayon comes into play. This creamy concealer provides lightweight coverage that easily blends and is available in five shades to neutralize and transform your complexion. Use green to counteract redness, yellow to hide blue or purple areas, and peach, bisque, or orange to disguise dark circles, dark spots, and hyperpigmentation.
STEP #3: PERFECT YOUR COMPLEXION
It’s time for foundation! As you can probably guess, you’ll want to use a formula that provides full coverage, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight. Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender to buff and blend the lightweight formula onto your skin, building coverage as needed. Hello, flawless-looking skin!
STEP #4: CONCEAL BLEMISHES
Have a blemish or two you need to cover up? A full-coverage concealer that matches your skin tone will do the job. Dot the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer Waterproof, Full Coverage where you see fit, making sure to blend around the edges for a seamless finish.
STEP #5: BRIGHTEN YOUR UNDER-EYES
Next up: Brightening your under-eye area. You may have heard of a technique that makeup pros swear by known as baking, and that’s what will make all the difference here. The technique involves layering makeup products to create a perfect, crease-free finish, but it can also help illuminate your complexion. Baking novice? Not a problem. Head over to our article, What Is Baking Makeup and How to Do It Like the Pros, for a step-by-step tutorial.
STEP #6: SCULPT YOUR FACE SHAPE
A fault-free complexion calls for perfectly sculpted features, which means you’ll want to contour your face. First, apply concealer that's one to two shades lighter than your skin tone down the bridge of your nose, in the center of your forehead, and on the tip of your chin. Use your makeup blender to buff and blend. Next, apply the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Bronze It Bronzer to the hollows of your cheeks, temples, jawline, and sides of your nose to complete your chiseled visage.
STEP #7: COLOR YOUR CHEEKS
They say life is better in color, and we like to apply that same mindset to our makeup looks. Add a bit of color to your cheeks by dusting on a rosy pink blush, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match Blush in Rosy Outlook.
STEP #8: HIGHLIGHT YOUR CHEEKBONES
Ready to add a bit of glow to your complexion? Sweep the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Shimmerista Highlighting Powder onto your cheekbones, tip of your nose, and cupid’s bow to highlight your features.
STEP #9: PERFECT YOUR BROWS
“Eyebrows on fleek” has become a household phrase for a reason. A full face of makeup calls for expertly shaped and filled brows—with the help of the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Micro Ink Pen by Brow Stylist, Up to 48HR Wear. First, use a spoolie to brush your brows upward. Then place the pen’s comb tip applicator at the front of your brow and brush upward and outward toward the tail. Build up the shape until you achieve your desired brow look.
STEP #10: PRIME YOUR EYES
Remember how we mentioned makeup primer is a must? Well, eye primer is equally as important. Swipe one onto your lids before moving onto your eye makeup.
STEP #11: SMOOTH ON EYE SHADOW
When it comes to eye shadow, we love using shades that define your shape without being over the top. For this full face look, start by coloring your lids with a champagne shade, like the L’Oréal Paris Brilliant Eyes Shimmer Liquid Eye Shadow Makeup in Crystal Shine. Then define your crease with a warm, medium brown hue, like Amber Sparkle. Complete your eye shadow look by popping String of Pearls onto your inner corner.
STEP #12: LINE YOUR LIDS
What’s a full face makeup look without a bit of liquid eyeliner? Use the L’Oréal Paris Matte Signature Liquid Dip Eyeliner, Waterproof in Black to expertly line your upper lash line, helping give a full lash appearance.
STEP #13: COAT YOUR LASHES
Of course, full lashes call for a few coats of volumizing mascara. Sweep on the L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eye Waterproof Mascara, Lasting Volume as the final step in your eye makeup look.
STEP #14: LINE YOUR LIPS
When it comes to your lips, you’ll want to start with a lip liner. Since you kept your eyes on the neutral side, opt for a popping lip color like cranberry. Trace along the outline of your pout with the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Liner in Truly Burgundy.
STEP #15: PAINT YOUR POUT
Now, you’re ready for lipstick! Swipe on the L’Oréal Paris Rouge Signature Matte Lip Stain in Discovered for a perfect pout.
STEP #16: SET YOUR LOOK
One more step and you’ll be ready to show off your full-face makeup look. You don’t want to skip this one—after all, you wouldn’t want all your hard work to fade or transfer, would you? We thought not. Spritz on the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray and Set Make-Up Oil-Free Setting Spray for a “just applied” look that will last all day and night.