Make people think you're not wearing makeup at all.

How to Look Like You're Not Wearing Foundation

by Pamela Simmons

While foundation creates a lovely smooth base for the rest of your makeup, the last thing you want is to look like you caked it on. If you prefer a natural look but still want to perfect a few problem areas, learn to apply foundation in a way that will leave you looking like you're not wearing any makeup at all.

To ensure a smooth, flawless finish, start by washing and moisturizing your face. If you have any dry, flaky patches, exfoliate between washing and moisturizing. After moisturizing, wait about five minutes to let your skin absorb the hydration before applying makeup.

Apply a primer or mattifying base. This will give your skin a smooth surface, fill in wrinkles so your foundation won't crease and provide a base to keep your foundation on all day.

Apply the powder foundation. Dip a fluffy brush into the powder, tap to remove excess and apply it to your face in small circular motions.

Get more coverage from a liquid foundation if you have more visible skin flaws. To achieve a natural look, apply it with a two-tiered bristle brush. The outer tier of the brush will help control the amount of foundation that goes onto your face, ensuring that you don't overdo it.

Blend the foundation with a sponge, if needed, to avoid a visible line between your foundation and your actual skin.

Use a concealer to cover any problem areas after applying foundation. Dab a small amount to dark spots and continue to "tap, tap, tap" until your concealer is blended. Start with a little concealer and apply more as needed. The idea is to use a little makeup as possible.

Items you will need

  • Face wash
  • Exfoliant , optional
  • Moisturizer
  • Primer
  • Powder foundation
  • Liquid foundation, optional
  • Makeup sponge, optional
  • Makeup brush


  • If you have only a few problem areas, skip the foundation all together. A primer helps to smooth your complexion in a natural way. If you have any small dark marks, apply a bit of concealer to those spots and you're all set.

About the Author

Pamela Simmons has been writing professionally since 2009. Her articles on fashion, beauty and other topics have appeared on Denim Therapy and other websites. Simmons serves as an editor and public relations manager for CHIC.TV. She holds a Bachelor of Science in international affairs from Georgia Tech and a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University.

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