How to Even Out Your Skin Tone in 1 Minute or Less

October 20, 2020
Marisa Petrarca
By: Marisa Petrarca | by L'Oréal
How to Even Out Your Skin Tone in 1 Minute or Less
Some days call for a full-face makeup look consisting of fierce winged liner, blinding highlighter and contour as sharp as a knife, but other days call for just a clean, flawless, even complexion. We reached out to celebrity makeup artist Dean Fournier to share his best tips to even out skin. The best part? You can master it in a minute or less.

STEP 1: Start With Primer

“In order to speed up your complexion perfection, don’t skip primer,” says Fournier. “A good primer will help smooth out your skin and allow makeup to glide on and blend easier and faster, not to mention last all day.” If redness is a concern, Fournier recommends trying a color-correcting cream, which can double as primer, too. Check out the NYX Professional Makeup Color Correcting Liquid Primer, which comes in five color-correcting shades.

STEP 2: Apply Foundation

“Next, apply a sheer-to-medium-coverage foundation,” says Fournier. “Blend out with your fingers, then pat it in from your hairline to your jawline. This presses the product into your skin and gives you the most natural finish.” Avoid a full-coverage foundation because that requires blending skills and can take a lot of time. Two formulas we love are the Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation for medium coverage and the Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Foundation for light coverage.
Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation

STEP 3: Pat Concealer Over Imperfections

“Many women who apply concealer before foundation end up wiping away most of their hard work without even realizing it,” says Fournier. Instead, always dab it on after your foundation, only where you need it. “When choosing a concealer, go for an orangey-pink one if your main concern is blue under-eye circles. If you’re looking to conceal redness, grab a yellow concealer. If you’re looking to cover pigmentation, use a stick or pot concealer as these deliver the most coverage. Be sure to pat (not wipe) to apply the concealer. Wiping concealer never allows it to build.” A fan-favorite concealer is the Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer.

STEP 4: Dust on Setting Powder to Finish

Covering blemishes? “A quick dusting of a powder is an important last step to help even out skin texture around any bumps,” says Fournier. Lightly dust on IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Finishing Powder as a final touch to help you get an airbrushed finish. 
Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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