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The cooler months of the year can bring out quite a few skin care concerns, one of them being an uneven skin tone. From dullness to dark spots, your complexion this time of year may have you wondering how to even out your skin tone. Luckily, there are a few skin care tricks that can make all the difference in giving you the even skin you desire! Curious what they are? Below, we’re sharing everything you need to know about how to even your skin tone, including a few even skin tone products you’ll want to add to your daily routine. Bonus: We’ll also share a few makeup tips to help you fake even skin in a pinch.
If you’re curious about how to get an even skin tone, keeping your skin clean and free of dirt, impurities, and excess oils is the first thing that should be on your list. A buildup of impurities on your skin can result in a complexion that looks dull and uneven. No thanks! Be sure to remove all traces of makeup and debris at the end of each day. For a gentle, no-rinse cleansing option, try using the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types to do so, which cleanses skin and removes makeup—even waterproof mascara.
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, which can be used up to three times per week.
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. We’re talking about eye cream! 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.
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 a visibly more even skin tone. Not to mention, it helps to resurface your skin, keeping those dead skin cells out of sight!
Don’t have time to let your skin care routine work its magic? Turn to a few trusty makeup products to fake an even skin tone in a pinch.
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.
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).
The key to achieving gorgeous, even-looking skin is to use a buildable foundation so that your coverage is customizable. 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 so as 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.
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 formula that’s buildable, 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.
One of the final steps in your makeup routine is to sculpt your newly even-looking skin tone. You know what that means: contouring. Don’t be intimidated—although it sounds super fancy, contouring your face requires an easy technique. Generally, all you have to do is trace the shape of the number “3” on either side of your face, hitting your forehead, cheekbone, and jawline. 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.
Congratulations! You’ve made it to the end of your makeup routine. Now you’re a pro at evening out your skin tone with makeup. But before you head out for the day (or night), lock your look into place with a few spritzes of a makeup setting spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray. 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. Your makeup will look fresh for hours—no touch-ups necessary.
Next up: When your skin care routine isn’t cutting it, makeup can be used to combat almost any imperfection. Next, read The Complete Makeup Routine for Large Pores.
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