6.26.2011

The Flawless Face.

I've been getting a lot of compliments on my skin lately and as much as I try to tell people I don't have perfect skin by any stretch of the imagination, no one believes me...fine by me, I guess! ;) Apparently my current foundation routine has been doing good things for me lately, so I figured I'd share it with you. Just a word of caution though: Your skin may look so flawless afterwards that I suggest you start practicing phrases like, "No, I swear, I really do not have perfect skin!" and "I promise you, I suffer from breakouts too!" now :D

This will be the finished result and I'll be honest, I'm just putting it first because I know it's going to show up as the thumbnail on the Blogger Dashboard and I don't want a photo of my makeup-less face to scare readers off from clicking on the post ;) Yay, you've made it this far!

Step 1: Apply moisturizer. I used The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream. (I told you I don't have perfect skin!) ;)

Step 2: Spray MAC Fix+ all over in preparation for foundation. (This isn't always a necessity, depending on what moisturizer and foundation you're using, but both my moisturizer and foundation are on the drier side and the foundation won't apply as smoothly without dampening the skin with a facial spray first.)

Step 3: Apply foundation. I'm using Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation. It's a medium to full coverage foundation, and on most of the posts where I get a lot of compliments on my "perfect skin", this is the foundation I'm wearing. I apply it with my fingers.

Step 4: Conceal, conceal, conceal! *** This is my trick to flawless skin. I've never used a foundation that has been able to cover up all of my flaws, blemishes, and hyper-pigmentation before, so I rely on concealer to pick up where my foundation left off. I've been LOVING the Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette lately for blemishes, scarring, and redness, and I used Dior Sculpt Lifting Smoothing Concealer for my under-eye circles.

Step 5: Powder to lock everything in. I used Maybelline Dream Matte Powder for my face and the powder in the SK Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette to set my under-eye concealer.

Skin is done!
Your skin should look pretty flawless at this point, but now the problem we've created is that your face may look a bit dimensionless since we've created such a blank and perfect (I use the word 'perfect' very loosely, obviously!) canvas. Now we'll go back in and add a bit of color and dimension to the face with the use of contour, blush, and highlight :)

Step 6: Use a brush handle to locate the hollows of your cheeks, aka the area right under your cheek bone. This is where you'll be applying your contour. Imagine if you had ridiculously high, model-esque cheekbones (if you really do have them, then I'm jealous!) - a natural shadow would be created directly below them, and this is what you're trying to mimic with contouring.

Step 7: Apply a matte, cool-toned bronzer or contour color to the area under your cheek bones. I applied Benefit Hoola with the Sigma F35 Tapered Highlighter brush. (Advice: Pay close attention to pick off any stray brush hairs on your forehead before snapping 3 photos you're planning on posting on your blog! Ugh - story of my life.)

Step 8: Locate the apples of your cheeks by smiling. Move about a half inch away from the apples (out towards your ears, not in towards your nose) and apply blush, applying it slightly outward and upward, but not all the way to your hairline! I used Milani Luminoso Blush.

Step 9: Apply highlighter to the tops of your cheek bones. Again, imagining those model-esque cheekbones - when the light hits them, it's going to be the most illuminated at the highest points of your face, one being the tops of your cheek bones, and a shadow is created below them (contour). I used Dior Amber Diamond with a MAC 188 brush.

Contour, blush, and highlight are done, and dimension has been added to your blank canvas.

Eyebrows 
Mascara 
Lipstick ...
The finished result!


How do you achieve your flawless face? I'd love to hear your tips if you'd like to share :)


66 comments:

  1. Wow Tiffany! You look pretty even without your makeup so you have nothing to be worried about! Now I cansee where im going wrong, maybe i dont conceal enough, I have blemishes and scaring too andmy foundation cant conceal all this alone! thanks for doing this post :)

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  2. Yessss! This is the post I've been waiting for :D Thanks so much for sharing lady, and pshhh you're gorgeous even without makeup! You have done a great job explaining every step, now I wanna try that Rimmel foundation :) I think I achieve my "flawless" face by using Revlon Photo Ready, it seems to cover up everything I consider a flaw on my face :)

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  3. You look amzing :-) I have that foundation but its packaged differently here in a glass bottle :-) x

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  4. Your skin looks so healthy and glowy! I've been using the Rimmel 16 hour foundation which was the predecessor to the 25 hour one and it is really nice. When I run out I might try the 25 hour one because it looks great on you! How do you apply your concealers?

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  5. Beauty and the ScientistJune 26, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    You've perfected creating a flawless face. Great smile btw :)

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  6. u look great! love ur blog!!!

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  7. great post, i have to fake it in the same way :D  

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  8. Hey!  Let me just say you still look gorgeous without even a drop or touch of makeup.  Great tutorial.  I also love contouring with the same technique.

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  9. Justine (Productrater)June 26, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    You are so brave for posting your unmakeup'ed face and I find this post extremely helpful :)

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  10. WillWorkForMakeupJune 26, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    Yes, I LOVE that concealer palette! I already purchased a back-up :) What Bourjois concealer are you using and where did you get it? ASOS? And do you like it?

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  11. WillWorkForMakeupJune 26, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    No problem! It doesn't matter what foundation I'm using, I always need to use concealer and I think it's the concealing part that REALLY makes my skin look flawless :)

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  12. WillWorkForMakeupJune 26, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    I should start using Photo Ready again! I really liked it last year but the shade I have is a little too dark for me at the mo :)

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  13. WillWorkForMakeupJune 26, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Really? How funny! I bet it looks nicer in the glass bottle...the packaging of mine is kind of cheapy ;)

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  14. WillWorkForMakeupJune 26, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    Thank you! It's just funny because it doesn't *really* last 25 hours, but oh well :) And if I'm in a rush (which I usually am), I apply concealer with my fingers but when I have a bit more time, I use an Illamasqua eyeshadow blending brush (looks like the MAC 224).

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  15. WillWorkForMakeupJune 26, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    Aww, thank you so much!

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  16. WillWorkForMakeupJune 26, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    Thank you so much, Ashley!

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  17. WillWorkForMakeupJune 26, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    I guess we weren't lucky enough to be born with perfect skin ;)

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  18. WillWorkForMakeupJune 26, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    Thank you! That's very nice of you to say :)

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  19. WillWorkForMakeupJune 26, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    Yay! I'm glad you like the post :)

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  20. Yup bourjois concealer in 52, I bought it bc it's one of jessicas favorites the healthy mix I have the foundation too! Review? I like it alot actually! I always seem to prefer drugstore for concealer as compared to high end I have not tried the SK one yet so cannot compare but that seems like an amazing product!! Can't blv u used so much already! I can't wait to open mine up, but the bourjois one seems endless! Yes I got it from asos, free shipping to the US!

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  21. WillWorkForMakeupJune 26, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    I can't believe I've used so much either! I was like, what?! I've already hit pan?! But anyway, yes, please review it if you have time - I'd love to read it!

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  22. Great step-by-step images.. Thank you for that.. Have you ever thought of starting your own youtube chanel? I think you'd be awesome at it..

    I find that applying foundation with my hands, tend to always give me a flawless finish.. And I found that the trick to a lovely natural complexion, is a non0heavy foundation.. It's like you said, "conceal conceal conceal"

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  23. Thank you for this post! I need to find myself some better concealers. ^^

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  24. I officially want to try that foundation :) 

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  25. Great tutorial, this is how I've been doing my foundation routine too. It definitely works! And Hoola is such a great bronzer, I just got it recent;y and I'm in love!

    And girl, your smile is TOO cute! :D

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  26. Not only is your face perfection but your eyebrows are flawless as well. What eyebrow products do you use to fill them and how do you do it? I am guilty of over plucking a time or two and need to learn how to fix them. :)

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  27. aussiebeautyreviewsJune 27, 2011 at 4:24 AM

    Great post Tiffany! My foundation review is pretty similar to yours just substitute the Rimmel foundation for Covergirl TruBlend and concealer to Maybelline dream mousse and powder to MAC MSF natural. 

    Is Fix + good? I have used another setting spray but want to try Fix + but I feel like they would all be pretty much the same. 

    xox Hannah

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  28. great step by step post. ooH now i really want to pick up hoola so i can start contouring my supermodel cheek bones =) my tip flawless-as-possible-skin is to use a lighter concealer under the eye and on my blemishes. i think the 'rule' is to use the same foundation/concealer color on blemishes but i find the lighter colour takes away the redness =)

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  29. Love, even without makeup, your face is still better than mine.
    Thanks for the post <3
    I really want to try fix plus. I just don't fully understand what it's meant for.
    xoxo

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  30. Your skin isn't that bad honey, but it really does look flawless afterwards!  Good job on finding out your perfect routine.
    I use a Clinique foundation, Bobbi Brown Concealer, and elf translucent powder to set it all. Then I usually change up my bronzers/blushes, so that's it!
    Thanks for all the pics too, great post!

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  31. Wow, this is a brilliant post!!! I found this very helpful actually and it's such a joy to look at HD pictures. Haha! :D Thank you so much!

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  32. You're so pretty with or without make up! No faiirrrrr hehe xoxo

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  33. This is a really great and helpful post :-)

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  34. Thanks for the tips on how to achieve a flawless face! I know you receive a lot of comments and recognition, but there is a blog award waiting your you on my blog! I am a new reader and have really been enjoying your posts. http://powerfemme.blogspot.com/2011/06/stylish-blogger-award.html

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  35. Flawless doesn't even begin to describe it. Perfection!

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  36. This is probably one of your best posts, to date, and that's saying something b/c you are one of my favorite beauty bloggers!

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  37. Dear Tiffany, I really appreciate that you've shared this post with us. It was amazingly helplful. I haver the same skintype as you, so now I'm gonna try this foundation. I think so :)

    http://pannahopemakeup.blogspot.com

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  38. This is a fab post, really detailed and I love the step by step photos too! Your make-up looks amazing :}

    xx

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  39. WillWorkForMakeupJune 27, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    No, I'm not really interested in that at all. There seem to be so many more trolls on YT than there are in the blogosphere. I don't really have time for it either :( But thank you - that's so nice of you to say!

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  40. WillWorkForMakeupJune 27, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Good luck! If you're in the US, I HIGHLY recommend this Sonia Kashuk palette :)

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  41. WillWorkForMakeupJune 27, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    It's pretty good, not gonna lie, although it's not my fave. It *can* look cakey if you're not careful.

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  42. WillWorkForMakeupJune 27, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Aww, thank you! I'm glad you like Hoola too! People seem to either love it or hate it.

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  43. WillWorkForMakeupJune 27, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Thank you :) I use a mixture of MAC eyeshadows in Wedge and Mystery and fill them in using an angled eyeliner brush by e.l.f. :)

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  44. WillWorkForMakeupJune 27, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    Fix + is the only setting spray I've ever used so I'm not sure if it works just like all the others. I really like it though. It's definitely not *just* water...I really feel like it does set my makeup and make the powdery-ness go away :)

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  45. WillWorkForMakeupJune 27, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Ooo, thanks for the tip! I've been using a green-toned concealer on redness and blemishes and then going over it with a skin colored concealer and that's been working pretty well too. I love Hoola...I hope you and your supermodel cheek bones do too! :D

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  46. WillWorkForMakeupJune 27, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Aww, thanks, although I'm *positive* you're just being modest ;)

    Fix + is used to set makeup. Especially when you've used a lot of powder products on your face (setting powder, blush, bronzer, etc.), it seems to make the powdery-ness go away and everything just seems to melt together seamlessly. I also find it makes my face makeup stay on a bit longer :)

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  47. WillWorkForMakeupJune 27, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Thank you, I'm glad you liked it! I've always wanted to try the Bobbi Brown concealer.

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  48. WillWorkForMakeupJune 27, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    No problem! I'm glad you found it helpful :)

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  49. WillWorkForMakeupJune 27, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Aww, Jennie, thank you so much! You're so sweet :) x

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  50. WillWorkForMakeupJune 27, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Thank you, Binara :)

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  51. WillWorkForMakeupJune 27, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Thank you so much! I really appreciate it :D

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  52. WillWorkForMakeupJune 27, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    Aww, thank you!!

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  53. WillWorkForMakeupJune 27, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    Really?! Wow! Thank you so much! That really means a lot :)

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  54. WillWorkForMakeupJune 27, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Let me know how you like it...I think it's a pretty good one for oilier skin, especially if you're looking for a higher coverage foundation :)

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  55. WillWorkForMakeupJune 27, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Thank you so much, Charlotte!

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  56. I love that this is actually mostly stuff you can grab at the drug store.. awesome! What happened to your HG foundation, though?

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  57. WillWorkForMakeupJune 27, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    MUFE F&B? I still love that one and it's definitely my HG still, but it has much less coverage than this Rimmel one. If I really want to look *flawless*, I go with a higher coverage foundation :)

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  58. Great post Tiffany!! Love the step by steps!! Hehe we're foundation twins, I've got the same bottle - love that stuff!! It's amazing how good it is for how cheap!

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  59. WillWorkForMakeupJune 29, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    I agree! I love when I find good products at affordable prices :)

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  60. this does look REALLY flawlesss! great job with this, and you look gorgeous as always :)

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  61. WillWorkForMakeupJuly 4, 2011 at 1:04 AM

    Thank you so much, Caitlin!

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  62. I loved this post Tiffany! Defiently useful and you do look flawless xx

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  63. WillWorkForMakeupJuly 5, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    Thank you, Abbie! Glad you liked the post :)

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  64. I bought the Sonia Kashuk palette today! I didn't see it at Target during my previous trip, so when I saw it today, I knew I had to get it! I played with it a bit already and I'm LOVING it! Thank you so much for the recommendation. :]

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  65. HEY I JUST FOUND UR BLOGGG N IT HELPED ME SOOO MUCH :) JUST WOUNDERING IF U MAKE YOUTUBE VIDEOS? IF U DONT!U ARE THE BEST BEAUTY GURU OUT THERE U SHOULD MAKE SOME! :D

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  66. Aww, thank you so much for your sweet comment! :) No, I'm not making any youtube videos at this time, unfortunately. 

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