Wash your face. Wash your face to remove any unwanted oils or old makeup. Use a cleanser that is marketed as gentle or pH-balanced. These cleansers won’t dry out or irritate your skin. You can also choose cleansers that match your skin type. For example:
- If you have dry skin, use moisturizing cream cleansers.
- For normal skin, use a gentle cleanser without any microbeads or exfoliants.
- If you have oily skin, use an oil based cleanser. These cleansers will reduce your skin’s oil production.
Moisturize your skin. You should always moisturize after washing your face. There are many different kinds of moisturizers to choose from. For example, if you spend a lot of time outside, choose a moisturizer with sunscreen in it to protect your skin. Other considerations:
- If you have oily skin, choose an oil free gel moisturizer. This moisturizer will soften your skin without stimulating oil production.
- If you have dry skin, choose a lightweight cream moisturizer.
- If you struggle with acne, choose a moisture with salicylic acid in it.
Spread primer onto your skin. Primer is a makeup product that fills your pores and smooths your skin in preparation for foundation. To apply primer, dab a small amount onto your cheeks, forehead, and chin. Blend the primer into your skin using your fingertips or a foundation brush. Tinted primers can be used to correct color problems on any skin tone. For example:
- If you have dull skin, use a light pink primer to give your skin a healthy glow.
- If your face looks sallow, use a lilac tinted primer to neutralize any unhealthy tones.
- Green tinted primer neutralizes uneven redness or acne spots.
Apply a layer of foundation. Foundation evens out your skin tone and gives you a beautiful glow. To apply foundation, dab a small amount on your cheeks, forehead, chin, and the bridge of your nose. For light coverage, use your fingertips to blend the foundation towards the edges of your face. For a heavier coverage, use a damp beauty sponge to blend the foundation into your skin.
- Make sure you use the right color of foundation. The right shade should be invisible on your chin and neck in full daylight.
- If your neck and face are different shades, match your foundation to your neck. Otherwise, you will look like you’re wearing a mask.
Use concealer to erase any blemishes. Concealer can be used to cover up acne, red spots, or dark circles under your eyes. For heavy coverage, use a liquid foundation and apply it with a small makeup brush. For lighter coverage, use a concealer stick. Blend the edges of the concealer into your foundation to give yourself flawless coverage.
- You can use your fingertips, a q-tip, or a makeup brush to blend the concealer.
- Buy a concealer that matches your foundation exactly. If possible, buy within the same brand to be sure that the colors will match.