Real talk: An uneven skin tone can be a real annoyance. And with everything from dullness to dark spots gracing your complexion, it can seem like an even skin tone is out of reach. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. And it all starts with learning how to even your skin tone via a few tweaks to your skin care routine. Curious what they are? Below, we’re giving you the lowdown on getting more even skin, plus we’re throwing in a few makeup tips for concealing an uneven skin tone.
TIP #1: KEEP YOUR SKIN CLEAN
One of the easiest ways to get an even skin tone is to start your daily routine by cleansing. See, cleansing keeps the skin clean by removing dirt, impurities, and excess oils to eliminate the chance of buildup—which can result in a dull and uneven complexion. Kick things off with a gentle, no-rinse cleansing option, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types, which cleanses skin and removes makeup, including waterproof mascara.
TIP #2: EXFOLIATE UNEVEN SKIN REGULARLY
Speaking of buildup, dead skin cells can also build up on your skin over time, which can result in the appearance of an uneven skin tone. Be sure to exfoliate regularly, depending on your skin’s individual needs. Consider taking your pick from the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Grapeseed Scrub, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Resurface & Energize Kona Coffee Scrub, or L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Kiwi Scrub, each of which can be used up to three times per week.
TIP #3: DISGUISE DARK CIRCLES
Another cause of an uneven skin tone? Dark circles! While pesky under-eye circles may seem unavoidable, there are steps you can take in your skin care routine to reduce their appearance. Eye cream, we’re looking at you! Smooth on the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Rosy Tone Anti-Aging Eye Brightener, which has a velvety whipped texture that visibly brightens skin around the eye area and reduces dark circles.
TIP #4: COMBAT DISCOLORATION
Aside from dark circles, dark spots and dullness can cause discoloration and an uneven skin tone. Luckily, applying a face serum can help! The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Glycolic Acid Serum visibly reduces the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles over time, as well as leaving you with a visibly more even skin tone. Not to mention, it helps to resurface your skin, keeping those dead skin cells out of sight!
HOW TO HIDE AN UNEVEN SKIN TONE WITH MAKEUP
Looking to add another uneven skin tone trick to your arsenal? Follow our step-by-step makeup routine below to do just that!
STEP 1: PREP WITH PRIMER
The first step to getting even-looking skin with makeup is to apply primer. The right primer can help create an even base for the rest of your makeup application, and it can also help prevent your makeup from fading throughout the day. The L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Magic Perfecting Base helps smooth lines and hide pores, and its matte finish helps disguise imperfections.
If you’re looking for a more luminous look, try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Lock Makeup Primer, which will give your complexion a radiant glow. After you’ve completed your skin care routine and moisturized with your go-to facial moisturizer, use gentle circular motions to apply whichever primer suits your fancy.
STEP 2: HOP ON THE COLOR-CORRECTING BANDWAGON
Once you’ve primed your skin, survey your face for any imperfections you’d like to cover. Think: redness, dullness, under-eye bags, or puffiness. Of course, we think you’re gorgeous in the skin you’re in—but if you’d like to cover up specific areas of your face, now’s the time to reach for color-correcting concealers. Depending on your skin tone and what type of imperfection you’re trying to mask, pick your desired shade (or shades!) of color-correcting crayons, such as the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Color-Correcting Crayon.
Generally, the color-correcting rules are as follows: green helps neutralize redness (like blemishes or blotchiness), yellow masks purple areas (such as broken capillaries or age spots), and peach, pink, and orange help disguise bluish spots (like dark circles and spots).
STEP 3: APPLY A BUILDABLE FOUNDATION
The key to achieving gorgeous, even-looking skin is to use a buildable foundation to customize your coverage. This way, you can go as sheer or as heavy as you’d like on certain areas. It’s crucial here that you also choose the correct shade of foundation to match your natural skin tone (and not look fake!). The L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super Blendable Makeup comes in 45 different shades that match your skin tone and your skin’s undertones (warm, neutral, or cool) for a true-to-skin result.
STEP 4: CONCEAL ANY REMAINING IMPERFECTIONS
After applying your foundation, go back and cover any remaining imperfections with a concealer that matches your skin’s tone and texture. Again, reach for a buildable formula, such as the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer, which comes with a built-in sponge applicator for precise coverage building. Apply your concealer, then use a beauty blender to smooth things out. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender.
STEP 5: CHISEL YOUR FACE WITH CONTOURING
One of the final steps in your makeup routine is to sculpt your newly even-looking skin. You know what that means: contouring. Don’t be intimidated—although it sounds super fancy, contouring your face requires an easy technique. Simply trace the shape of the number “3” on either side of your face, hitting your forehead, cheekbone, and jawline to perfect your look. For this step, use a concealer shade that’s two hues darker than your skin tone and be sure to blend your lines out with a makeup blender for a natural look.
Editor’s note: You’ve got the basics of contouring down pat, but it’s still a good idea to make sure you aren’t making any easily avoidable mistakes. Check out the 9 Contouring Mistakes You Could Be Making before labeling yourself a contour expert.
STEP 6: LOCK IN YOUR LOOK WITH SETTING SPRAY
Now that you’ve achieved an even skin tone with makeup, you no doubt want to seal it all in. Spritz your skin with a makeup setting spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray, to complete your look. To use, shake the bottle well, then close your eyes and spray it four to six times in ‘X’ and ‘T’ motions eight to ten inches away from your face for a just-applied makeup look.
Next up: When your skin care routine isn’t cutting it, makeup can be used to combat almost any imperfection. Large pores are a case in point. Read The Complete Makeup Routine for Large Pores for proof.