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How to Mix Hydrating Serum With Foundation for a Glowing Complexion

Use this viral hack to achieve luminous, fresh skin with products you already own.
October 19, 2022

If viral TikTok beauty hacks are constantly changing the way you do your makeup routine, join the club. While we admit some viral trends are purely for the gimmick and shock factor, some have the power to completely overhaul your makeup routine for the better. BeautyTok’s latest viral hack is the latter and combines innovation with using products you already have to create the ultimate skin care-makeup hybrid

TikTok creators are mixing their makeup with a hydrating serum to achieve sheer, natural-looking coverage with their foundation, concealer and even liquid blush. This hack results in a gorgeous, skin-focused makeup look that’s reminiscent of viral-sensations such as glass skin and glazed donut skin. Ahead, learn how to mix your foundation with a hydrating serum for a glowing complexion, plus, the best products to achieve a fresh face.

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What is the TikTok Serum and Foundation Hack?

According to TikTok, mixing your hydrating serum with full-coverage foundation, concealer and liquid blush is a fail-safe way to achieve a dewy, natural-looking complexion. The results speak for themselves — the look is very similar to TikTok’s clean makeup look and prioritizes a fresh face with minimal makeup and a hydrated glow.

We’ve seen Tiktok creators use tape to contour their cheekbones and eyebrow pencils to line their lips, so the extend that viral trends will go are never too surprising. Fortunately, in a refreshing shift, this serum hack is simple, practical and easy to achieve with products you already own. Plus, it’s a smart adjustment for your makeup routine to address the dry skin you may experience when the seasons change. 

Check out how to mix your hydrating serum with your complexion products for a glowy makeup look.

1. Mix Your Hydrating Serum with Matte Foundation

A hydrating serum like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum is a key component in this natural-skin look. Take three to four drops of your hydrating serum and mix it with one to two pumps of matte foundation like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, on a clean palette or with clean hands so you can mix the two before applying it on the skin. Apply it to the skin with a makeup sponge to complement the dewy, natural coverage. 

You can also mix your hydrating serum with a luminous foundation like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation. To avoid wet-looking skin, stick to just a couple of drops of hydrating serum. This will also help to maintain your foundation’s coverage. 

To save some time and get the dewy skin look mess-free, reach for the L’Oréal Paris True Match Hyaluronic Tinted Serum. Get the benefits and look of mixing your hydrating serum with your foundation with this single, complexion product. Think of it as the best of both worlds. 

2. Mix Your Hydrating Serum With Concealer

TikTok’s serum hack doesn’t end with your foundation. To continue with the natural skin theme, combine your concealer with a few drops of your hydrating serum and apply it to your problem areas that need more coverage. This hack is a great way to keep your concealer from sticking to dry patches, creasing or looking cakey throughout the day. 

A full-coverage concealer like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer up to 24H Full Coverage is great to mix with your hydrating serum because it will allow for a dewy finish without sacrificing on coverage. 

For the under-eyes, mix your concealer with the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid + 1% Caffeine Eye Serum. This under-eye serum contains hyaluronic acid and caffeine to visibly brighten and depuff the under-eyes. The combination of the two will give your under-eyes a youthful, revitalized look in minutes.

Editor’s tip: L’Oréal Paris beat TikTok to this hack and created an eye cream and concealer in a one-step process. Enter the L’Oréal Paris True Match Eye Cream in a Concealer, 0.5% Hyaluronic Acid. This product delivers instant, dark circle coverage with the benefits and hydration of your favorite eye cream. 

3. Mix Your Hydrating Serum with Liquid or Cream Blush

Natural skin makeup looks are never complete without flushed cheeks. Take a cream or liquid blush and mix it with your hydrating serum to dilute the coverage and create a subtle, dewy blush. Apply it to the cheeks with clean fingers by lightly dabbing it onto the skin. 

L’Oréal Paris considered this hack and created a blush with aloe vera and other hydrating ingredients to give the skin a sheer wash of color. To add a quick flush to your cheeks, sans mixing, try the L’Oréal Paris Glow Paradise Lip and Cheek Tint

4. Finish With Brows and Lips 

Once your complexion appears glowing and refreshed, reach for the L’Oréal Paris Unbelieva-Brow Longwear Brow Topcoat, Waterproof Universal Transparent to set your brows with a quick dry, waterproof and smudge-proof hold. Coat your lips with the L’Oréal Paris Glow Paradise Balm-in-Lipstick with Pomegranate Extract for a natural, glowing pout. 

Editor’s tip: To maintain the glow that you just created with your makeup and skin care, it’s best to avoid powder altogether. That being said, if you do have oily skin, stick with a translucent setting powder like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Tinted Loose Setting Powder to set your makeup without adding a layer of coverage. 

Next: Is Setting Your Lipstick With Blush the Answer to Long-Lasting Color? One Editor Puts the Hack to the Test

Written by: Reece Andavolgyi, Photo credit: Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn, Art Director: Hannah Packer, Associate Creative Producer: Becca Solovay, Digital Tech: Katy Andrascik, Photo Assistant: Sam Kang, Makeup Artist: Jonet Williamson, Hair Stylist: Akihisa Yamaguchi Wardrobe Stylist: Melina Kemph, Wardrobe Assistant: Kayla Martinez, Model: Adrianne Kiara

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