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How to Make Your Foundation Look Like Your Skin, Only Better

What foundation?
How to Make Your Foundation Look Like Your Skin, Only Better
IMAGE ELF, Hourglass, Pixi
What foundation?

Foundations do a good job at making your skin look perfect, but when overdone, your complexion can come across as fake and mask-like. To avoid this, we give you the essentials you need to buff a flawless base that's literally like second skin.

1. Moisturizer

Dry skin will make your base appear patchy. On the other hand, an oily complexion will just make the product slide off. To balance your skin's oil production, slather on a moisturizer to prep the face. 


Pixi H2O Skindrink Pure Hydration Gel, P1180,

2. Primer

A corrective and blurring primer will "erase" pores, fine lines, and discoloration so you won't need to slap on so much foundation.

IMAGE Revlon

Revlon Photoready Color-Correcting Primer, P975, The SM Store

3. The right tool

Whether you're a brush or sponge girl, buffing your face with the right tool will lend an airbrushed finish. Make sure to start with a thin layer, and slowly build it up to your desired coverage.

E.L.F. Ultimate Blending Brush, P499.75, The SM Store

4. A lightweight but high-performing base

If you want your skin to still peek through, use a lightweight, medium-coverage foundation that enhances your complexion and brings out your glow.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup, P2,400 (30ml ), SM Megamall

5. A radiant concealer

To avoid having your foundation look cakey, you may camouflage blemishes and dark circles with an illuminating concealer.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter, Rustan's The Beauty Source

6. Glow-boosting finishing powder 

To set your foundation without making it cakey, dust a gossamer-thin layer of your favorite brightening face powder on the cheeks. You may double up the coverage on the T-zone with any regular, translucent powder.

IMAGE Hourglass

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, P3000,

7. Setting spray 

To let the powder, concealer, and foundation merge as one, mist with a makeup setting spray. This also extends the wear of the products you used.


Milani Make It Last Setting Spray Prime+Correct+Set, P750,

*This story originally appeared on Cosmo.phMinor edits have been made by the editors.

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