Step 1: Find your perfect color

Test foundation on your jawline and check it in the daylight, “The color is correct if it disappears without blending.” But finding the right shade can be hard, Go to a beauty store (any bmpromakeup store), get a beauty adviser at the store to help you pick the perfect color, and ask for a sample to test. Then pick the color you like.”

Step 2: Prep your skin

Before any foundation is applied, make sure your skin is clean and moisturized. “Wait five minutes before you apply foundation to let moisturizer sink in,” Primer is a skippable step unless your makeup has to last through a late night. Or use it alone on lazy days as a quick complexion smoother. “Primer can minimize pores and mattify your face,” 

Step 3: Swipe it on the right way

If you want just a little coverage, use your fingers, pros advise. For more coverage, use a sponge. “It leaves just the right amount on the skin,”. For every day, dab foundation only where you need it to hide pimples, camouflage redness or even out your T-zone. To get an airbrushed finish, blend makeup all over, including the eye area, starting in the middle and working your way out. Just don’t pile on extra for big events or photos. Digital cameras won’t wash you out like old school ones used to. 

Step 4: Do concealer after foundation

“If you apply it before, you’ll use more than you need,”. And that base of foundation keeps concealer crease-free. Look for a lightweight liquid in a color one shade lighter than your skin. “Going too light looks fake,”. Use a small, pointy brush to cover the darkest part of under-eye circles—usually right below the inner and outer corners. If other little skin flaws aren’t quite covered by your foundation, dab on a tiny bit of concealer there too.

Step 5: Finish with luminous powder

Unlike old matte versions, it won’t suck the life out of your face. “Use powders that reflect the light help skin glow and take down shine,” says Surratt. Starting at your hairline on one side, swoop down to your cheekbone, up to the bridge of your nose, back down the other cheek, then up again to the opposite hairline.