We hear a lot about uneven skin tones, thanks to hard-to-conceal dark spots and pigmentation, but don’t forget about its equally annoying counterpart: uneven skin texture. These are the flakes, bumps, pits, and rough patches that are easy to feel but a little harder to see – that is until you apply makeup. You don’t want to apply too much product as it could appear cakey or make the uneven texture look even more noticeable. It’s all about achieving the right balance so your skin looks smooth and natural. But it’s easier said than done, right?
Even though perfectly smooth, poreless skin is flat-out impossible, you can get pretty dang close with the right skin texture products and hacks! To help, we’ve curated the best tips for applying base products to textured skin.
It’s crucial to take care of your skin before you apply any makeup product – in fact, it’s important even when you’re not dealing with textured skin. Cleansing and hydrating are key before you go ahead with makeup. If you want to nail that Hailey-esque glow, all you have to do is cleanse your skin, then slap on a dewy skin sheet mask. Sit back and relax. Let the sheet mask work its magic on your skin. Then, apply a hydrating moisturiser.
It’s best to stay away from powder formulations when choosing a foundation for textured skin. Why? Because powder can settle into texture and actually make it appear worse. When it comes to the right way to apply it, it really depends on the type of texture you’re dealing with. If you have a tendency towards crepey skin or dry patches, it’s best to balance that with a dewy foundation. Alterna, if you are dealing with rashy skin or acne, you may want to stick to a more matte formula to lessen the texture.
We recommend applying a primer once you are done with the prep step. Go for a primer that gives you a silky smooth canvas to apply the rest of the products. We love Armani Luminous Silk Hydrating Primer or MAC Strobe Cream. These are such a beautiful combo to apply before adding your preferred foundation.
It’s best to start with a small amount of foundation and slowly layer depending on how much coverage you need and where you need it – this way you can avoid “caking” your makeup on.
We love using a damp beauty blender to apply foundation, starting from the centre of the face and blending outwards. This will help create the most natural-looking, seamless base. This best-selling makeup sponge reduces product waste and has a stellar reputation for a streak-free application. We are huge fans of this one. They also clean really easily, and most importantly, make your foundation application look gorgeous-AF.
Outside of applying makeup, it is important to take care of your skin on a regular basis. How you prep your skin totally depends on the kind of texture you’re dealing with. For example, if you have overly dry or oily skin, recurring rashes, or acne, we would recommend seeing a dermatologist and not trying to cover the skin with makeup. Your skin is an organ, and it’s important to listen to what it’s trying to tell you. Cleansing, weekly exfoliation, moisturising, and using SPF should be your morning and evening rituals. This will help your skin stay balanced!
These makeup tips will help you ace your base every damn time!
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