Laura Mercier was ahead of her time when, in 1996, she first created The Flawless Face; a smooth canvas with a radiant, healthy-looking glow that looks natural and effortless. It’s the kind of natural makeup look that now, almost thirty years later, we’re all trying to recreate.
TikTok is awash with ‘hyper realistic’ makeup routines, using primer, foundation, and setting power to create skin so beautiful and yet so natural-looking, and while many of the routines shared online are complicated, the reality is you can achieve the look in three simple steps with only a handful of makeup essentials.
Natural Makeup Tutorial
Step 1: Prime
A great primer will bridge the gap between your skincare and makeup, helping to top-up hydration and create a smooth surface on which to apply your foundation.
Choose your primer based on your own skin needs. If extra hydration is your goal, try Pure Canvas Primer Hydrating, while Pure Canvas Primer Blurring will help soften the appearance of pores, breakouts, and lines, and Pure Canvas Primer Illuminating will deliver a candle-lit glow to skin that ensures your final makeup looks beautifully luminous without the sparkle. Apply a dime-sized amount to skin with fingertips, massaging the product in for a truly seamless finish.
Step 2: Perfect
Once your skin is primed it’s time to create a flawless foundation finish that expertly disguises redness and discoloration, while still looking natural and touchable.
Real Flawless Weightless Perfecting Foundation delivers the most natural, skin-like finish possible, while helping to improve texture and boost hydration. It’s the kind of foundation that you can apply in the morning and still look fresh come evening, thanks to its sweat- and water-proof formula. If your skin is oily, you will appreciate this foundation’s ability to control shine, while dehydrated types will benefit from the surge of moisture.
As with most liquid foundations, applying it with a densely packed foundation brush is the secret to flawless application. Dot the foundation onto any areas you want to perfect and blend out with Real Flawless Foundation Brush. Start buffing out from the center of your face outwards towards your hairline as the majority of redness and breakouts appear through the T-zone.
If you need further coverage in certain areas, now is the time to go in with your concealer. Lightly apply to areas where you need the extra concealment (this is usually around the T zone), and blend in.
Step 3: Set
You might be tempted to skip this step but ask any makeup artist and they will tell you that setting your foundation is a crucial step if you want your makeup to look as perfect when you remove it, as it did when you applied it.
Translucent Loose Setting Powder is an icon of the makeup world. Its lightweight formula dials up your glow without adding shine, while softly diffusing imperfections and, unlike some other setting powders, Translucent Loose Setting Powder won’t flashback in photography meaning your skin looks as perfect on film and on screen, as it does in real life.
You don’t need to be a makeup artist to set your skin like an expert. Saturate the puff with powder, before pressing and rolling into skin. The affect is velvety smooth, long-lasting, and perfectly translucent. Feel flawless every day.