October 2, 2012 | 11 comments so far - join the discussion!
Lots of people mistaken me to have perfect skin. But ofcourse, that’s not the case. No one has perfect skin. Especially for a girl who wear make up every single day, it requires alot of care to have perfect skin. Unfortunately for me, I just need to fake it.
So, I’ll teach you to fake it. LOL
To be honest, there’s really not much to it. The most important thing is to really take care of the smoothness of your skin. Exfoliate, cleanse well, and eat well.
I choose to use a light daily exfoliator. That way, I can get rid of the dead skin cells and dry skin and excess make up from my skin on a daily basis. I use Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash pink grapefruit scrub but ofcourse, you can choose any of your choice.
Next, I like to use a rose water mist to keep my skin hydrated. Sometimes I replace my moisturiser with the mist. I use a natural rose water mist, but you can choose from any brands, such as Jurlique or Trilogy (as a cheaper alternative, Australis also make a make up setting spray with rose water and aloe vera).
Now that my skin is set, I prime with a make up primer. To be honest, I don’t find primers very useful in controlling oil but I do find them useful for creating a smoother surface and protecting your skin from sucking in all the chemicals in your foundation. This step really helps to free your skin from clogging up.
After primer, it’s covering up the blemishes time. For the summer and special occasions, I love to use my Revlon Photoready foundation. It really helps to create an amazing flawless face without feeling overly heavy.
You can check out my flawed (non photoshopped) skin. #shame
For many years, I didn’t take care of my skin because I thought I was blessed with such flawless skin. Little did I know, it’d slap me back on the face one day.
Ok, so to cover, I suggest you DAB the liquid foundation (up to you which one) on the areas you need most coverage. I have been breaking out like crazy on my chin and jaw areas, so I have dabbed a fair bit on those areas. Do not dab foundation on the other areas you do not need the coverage because we can go back with the excess on those areas later.
Using more of a “patting” motion rather than “swiping” motion, try to blend out the foundation to create maximum coverage on your blemishes areas. This can also be doubled up as concealer, but ofcourse if you require, you can also use concealer (which will be shown later). The reason I use my hands is because using your fingers can warm up the foundation allowing it to blend more flawlessly into your skin.
Tada. See how most of the red spots and blemishes are gone already? The technique you use to apply make up is sometimes what makes the biggest difference. 50% product, 50% skill.
Now, you can go back in with concealer and cover any spots which need the extra coverage. I typically skip this step unless I have a huge red pimple or a cluster of acne. But this is rarely the case.
I like to use a concealer palette because it means I can mix my own combination of shades depending on how tan I am during the year.
With concealer, I like to take a flat concealer brush (shown below) to pat on the blemishes. I find this is more helpful with aiming at smaller areas – especially any where you may have missed by using your fingers in the first step.
The last step is the most important step which I think most people seem to miss! It is to set the concealer. Setting the concealer is important because if you just use a big fluffy brush to set your own face makeup, you will most likely miss the little areas you just spent minutes concealing!
I like to take a blending brush and loose powder and similar to setting your face make up, I set the areas I applied concealer or had more blemishes!
And you’re done!!
Remember to deep cleanse your face every single night and take care of your skin by keeping hydrated and moisturised at all hours of the day. Keep a water spray – such as rose water sprays or Avene thermal water spray – in your bag handy to spray when you need like you need to freshen up!
Don’t pack on more and more foundation because more than 90% of the time, your skin is only feeling dehydrated. And one of my biggest tips would be “do not pick your blemishes“.
Keep these things in mind and you’re on your way to a brighter, clearer complexion!
Leave any other tips in the comment section to help everyone else battling with their skin!