Then, disappointed with our lingering lackluster complexions, we go out and spend hundreds upon hundreds of dollars trying every foundation under the sun - with unsatisfying results... No foundation, no matter how amazing... how pricey, will give you perfect-looking skin if you don't take the appropriate steps to prep your face for makeup.
Plus, why spend time applying foundation if it ends up wearing off within minutes?!?!
To put an end to the madness, I've put together this 5-step regimen to give you gorgeous-looking skin every time. Follow it to the "T" and get ready to rock those 4th of July barbecues with fresh-faced, melt-proof HOTNESS! 5 steps may seem like a lot, but wait till you see the finished product...
This may be the MOST important step of all. Exfoliation allows all of the rest of the products to do their jobs properly. Removing dirt and dead skin cells not only reveals fresh, new skin, it also allows for increased penetration of skin care products. Not to mention, makeup will apply oh-so-much better to your freshly exfoliated face. It is a MUST for great-looking skin.
Try: Princess Livia Honey & Almond Scrub with Bee Pollen
Hydrating your skin prior to makeup application is also an important step. Hydrated skin looks smoother, plumper and has a radiant glow. It also ensures a nice, smooth makeup application. Look for one with antioxidants to help protect skin from environmental damage which can cause premature signs of aging.
Try: Madeleine Mono Act 3 Fountain of Youth Skin Rejuvenating Moisture Cream
3. Apply foundation
The right foundation should even tone and texture and minimize flaws while allowing your natural skin to show through. You'll find that after completing steps 1-3, you'll be pleasantly surprised at how well your foundation applies. For best results, begin in the middle of your face and blend outward towards the perimeter.
Try: Jean-Michelle Claire Teint Anti-Age Liquid Makeup
Now that you've applied your foundation, you want to go back and cover any imperfections that are still visible. This includes blemishes, under eye circles and redness. Typically, a little concealer goes a long way so use it sparingly. For the best coverage, pat the concealer onto desired areas and pat the edges to blend if needed.
Try: Diandra Perfect Blend Concealer Duo
5. Set with Powder
Unless shine is a big problem for you, it's best to apply powder sparingly. Its main function is simply to set the makeup you've just applied. Using a large fluffy brush, dust a translucent powder over your entire face making sure to cover all areas where you've applied foundation.
Try: Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Translucent Powder
Now that you've got the perfect canvas, think of the fun you're going to have trying all of the fabulous new summer shades!
Reaching foundation elation is as simple as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5! (Hey, we never said looking hot all the time was easy :)...
With a little help from the complexion experts at Cosmetique!
DRINK PLENTY OF H2O and DON'T FORGET THE SUNSCREEN.
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY, BEAUTIFUL GIRLS!