Sure, anyone can make her face look perfect in any photo (Thanks, Facetune!), but the same can’t be said for IRL. Exception: you, thanks to these insider tips (and a few key products) that shortcut you to Photoshop-esque perfection.
1. Apply foundation everywhere. It’s totally normal to have ruddiness on your nose and the surrounding skin. A good foundation will cover that up. “Start at the center of your face — that’s where most of the redness always is,” says makeup artist Gabriel Almodovar. Your base should match your skin tone exactly. Try Maybelline FIT Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation, which comes in 16 shades. Blend past your jawline to prevent any obvious lines.
2. Brighten up your under-eye area. Grab a concealer (like FIT Me! Concealer) that’s two or three shades lighter than your foundation, Almodovar says. Using the wand, dab it wherever you see darkness, then blend it in with your finger. “I always do concealer after foundation because then you really get a brightening effect,” he says. “If you did it the other way around, your skin-toned foundation would mask the lighter concealer shade.” To avoid creating a reverse-panda situation, blend the area where the concealer meets your foundation. “There should be zero lines — absolutely seamless transition,” he says.
3. Set with pressed powder. Almodovar recommends using two different shades of powder like FIT Me! Matte + Poreless Powder: a lighter one to set your concealer, and one that matches your skin tone for the rest of your face. (After all, you don’t want to muddy down all that brightness you achieved under your eyes.) Dust the powder on with a brush so it doesn’t look caked on.
4. Warm up your skin. Dust a bronzer (such as Maybelline FIT Me! Bronzer) right on top of your cheekbones and across your forehead, blending thoroughly to erase any lines. “This step really adds a glowy warmth all over and also creates a subtle contouring effect,” Almodovar says.
5. Add a natural flush. When it comes to finding a flattering blush color, Almodovar has a rule: “If you have fair skin, reach for the lighter, more muted version of the color you like. If you have darker skin, then you need the stronger, deeper version of that color.” Swirl the product (a good one is Maybelline FIT Me! Blush) right on to the apples of your cheeks.