How to Apply Foundation on Textured Skin For a Smooth, Flawless Finish

September 01, 2022
Sarah Ferguson
By: Sarah Ferguson | by L'Oréal
Foundation swatches on white background

For a flawless foundation application, starting off with a smooth complexion is a game-changer. But if you have textured skin, achieving that even canvas can seem impossible, despite your best efforts at prepping and priming. For tips on how to best apply foundation on textured skin, plus how to find a formula that will work for your complexion, we consulted with pro makeup artist Keita Moore.

What Is Textured Skin?

Acne, small bumps and dry patches can all give skin a textured appearance. This can affect makeup application and sometimes result in a cakey, uneven finish. Keep in mind that everyone has at least some texture, no matter how poreless their skin might look from far away (or on camera!). 

Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation

How to Find the Right Foundation for Textured Skin

“Someone with textured skin should look for a foundation that’s buildable,” says Moore. That way, you can get a full-coverage finish on problem areas and go lighter elsewhere. If you’re dealing with dry patches, he also suggests choosing a moisturizing formula. For small bumps and acne, look for an oil-free and non-comedogenic product to ensure your foundation doesn’t cause more texture issues. 

Moore says he loves the Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation because it’s a buildable formula that “can become full coverage when you need [it] to be.” As the name implies, this foundation has more of a glowy finish, but it’s still oil-free. If you prefer a matte look, try the Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation, which is also oil-free and buildable. 

How to Apply Foundation on Textured Skin

“I always start by applying a little bit of foundation on a sponge and build coverage in layers,” says Moore. “If you need more on certain areas, use a brush to spot treat. This leaves your skin smooth and even-toned.” And remember, texture is normal — while the right makeup techniques might minimize it, it’s okay if it doesn’t make it disappear completely. 

Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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