The Product You Should Be Mixing With Your Foundation

By: Angela Melero | by L'Oréal
The Product You Should Be Mixing With Your Foundation

Like the quest for a flattering lip color or LBD, the search for perfect-looking skin has our constant attention. We invest in fancy foundations, skin-smoothing primers and magical blending sponges. We voraciously consume every makeup tutorial and try to imitate them in the privacy (and safety) of our own rooms.

Why does achieving a lovely, glowing complexion have to be such a complicated undertaking? News flash: It doesn’t. We know a sneaky little makeup trick that will give your skin a quick radiance boost. It involves utilizing the power of liquid highlighter in a slightly new and fresh way. Take a look!

Why You Should Mix Highlighter With Your Foundation

Step 1: Pick the Right Liquid-Based Highlighter

Picking the right illuminating product is key to making this makeup mix a success. First and foremost, choose a highlighter that has more of a sheer finish, as opposed to a glittery, shimmery one. You’ll need a lightweight formula that will blend seamlessly with your foundation to leave a natural, subtle glow.

Product Recommendations: Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer, L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator, NYX Born to Glow Illuminating Primer

Step 2: Mix It Up

Mix equal parts foundation and highlighter on the back of your hand. The total combination should equal a dime-sized amount. If needed, add more to make sure you have the right amount of coverage. Just be careful that you don’t end up with thick, cakey makeup!

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Step 3: Blend, Blend, Blend

Dot the mixture on your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin and smooth it all over the face (we recommend working from the center and blending outward) with a blending sponge or foundation brush, until your makeup is evenly distributed around your face and neck. Make sure to blend well, so that there are no streaks or splotching. Your makeup should look like second skin!

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