Let’s be honest, the goal of makeup is to make your face look flawless. But from time to time, we’re all guilty of cakey foundation, oily t-zones and badly place powder…(yikes). We get it, achieving that ‘I-woke-up-like-this’, second-skin finish can be tricky but luckily, with the right products anything is possible. From perfecting primers and mattifying foundations to setting powders and concealers that’ll mask any late night, FLANNELS Beauty has you covered.
One simple rule - don’t skip out on primer. When it comes to creating that flawless finish, primer is your best friend. But it’s important to remember, like any makeup product, you need to find the right one for your skin type. If you have oily, acne-prone skin, Salicylic Acid-infused formulas like Jouer Cosmetics Anti-Blemish Matte Primer are ideal for controlling shine and minimising the appearance of imperfections. Dry skin? Charlotte Tilbury’s Invisible UV Flawless Poreless Primer hydrates while covering skin in SPF 50+ protection. If your issue is dull skin, reach for a bottle of Tom Ford’s Complexion Enhancing Primer – it brightens skin and neutralises discolouration. Lastly, eye primer is a must if you want to avoid creasing, smudging or fall out. Urban Decay’s Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer preps lids for up to 24-hours of vibrant, crease-free shadow. Happy days.
Top tip? You want to apply your foundation while your primer is still fresh. Give it a bit of time to set and then go in with the foundation.
Arguably the star of the show (but equally a flop if you don’t get it right). Two major tips – find your correct shade and a formula to suit your skin type. If you’re after full coverage that will take you from day to night, Estèe Lauder’s iconic Double Wear Foundation offers 24-hour wear and a fresh, matte finish. If your skin type is dry, Tom Ford’s silky-textured Traceless Soft Matte Foundation is a hydrating formula infused with hyaluronic acid that prevents caking. The dream. Looking for something a little bit lighter? MAC Studio Fix Fluid SP15 Foundation and Armani Beauty’s Power Fabric Foundation weightlessly conceal the appearance of imperfections and create a long-lasting, no-makeup feel.
Top tips? Warm your foundation first on the back of your hand and dab onto the skin. Start in the centre and blend outward, this will stop your foundation from grouping around your jaw and hairline.
If under eyes, blemishes, redness, or scars need a little bit more attention, it’s time for concealer. For dark circles, Uoma’s Stay Woke Brightening Concealer is like eight hours of beauty sleep in a bottle. For more obvious imperfections, nothing is getting past Benefit’s Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer. If you’re after a concealer that does it all, NARS’ Radiant Creamy Concealer and Chantecaille’s Real Skin + Eye and Face Stick conceal, brighten and can even contour (if you get them in a darker shade).
Top tip? Tap concealer in with your ring finger, let it sit for five minutes and then lightly go over with a wet beauty blender.
A setting powder is key. Otherwise, you’ve just done all this hard work for nothing. For a natural finish, try a translucent powder like Natasha Denona’s Invisible HD Face Powder or Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder. Infused with skin-enhancing ingredients La Mer’s The Powder and Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush Flawless Finish feature light-infusing properties for a truly flawless finish.
Top tip? Remember, there’s too much of a good thing - don’t go overboard. Lightly tap the powder over your t-zone using a large fluffy brush.