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How to Fake Flawless Skin

You’d be surprised how many people think being a makeup artist means graphic eyes and ombré lips. But more often than not, my job entails making the skin look flawless in every way. Nobody (I mean it) has perfect skin. That’s why it’s key to know how to fake it—whether you’re on set or on your way to work.

You’ve got “spots.” (The British term really sounds so much nicer.)

Look for a solid, yellow-based concealer (yellow tones down redness) in a pot, like Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer, or a palette, like

or Revlon ColorStay Concealer. Pro/me tip: Always go a half shade darker than your skin tone—anything lighter will highlight the pimple. Now treat the spot like it’s a tiny surgery: Carefully draw concealer around the edge with a clean brush and a steady hand, blend it toward the center, and don’t kill the patient. Then dip a cotton swab in finishing powder (I love the Colorescience Mineral Corrector Palette), and press it gently on top. Yes, it’s old-school, but layering powder on top of cream really does keep it from slipping throughout the day.

Your undereye bags are more like weekend totes.

OK, there’s no magic wand for bags. But there are ice packs. And concealer. And patience. Wrap an ice cube in a cloth napkin, hold it under each eye for five minutes, then gently tap, tap, tap on the bags to break up the puff. And whatever you do, do not cake concealer on the bag unless you want to draw the world’s attention to it. Instead, take a brightening concealer, like

or Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser, and dab it right into that crease below the bag to make the area look flatter. If the bag’s still noticeable, blend matte taupe shadow over the lids and under the lower lashes to create some depth.

Your foundation has a way of saying, “HI! Look at me! I’m your foundation!”

If this is the case, I’m going to bet you’re not buffing it in thoroughly enough. Maybe it shouldn’t be that simple, but it really is. I prep the face with hyaluronic acid (I love Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Serum) to smooth the surface. Then I pat on a thin layer of a lightweight foundation, like

, Clinique Chubby in the Nude stick, or L’Oréal Paris True Match, and use Marc Jacobs Beauty The Face III Buffing Foundation Brush to buff it out, moving in small circles across the T-zone, forehead, and cheeks. Also, hi, please don’t forget that you have a neck. A ghost-white neck is a dead giveaway that you’re wearing foundation! So blend the formula well under your jaw, and if need be dust some bronzer on your neck to warm it up.

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