Jackie Gomez, celebrity makeup artist for St. Tropez, shares simple steps to a flawless face. Plus, we rounded up our favorite foundation products.
By Dori Katz
1. Women with fair or medium skin should look for yellow-based shades to minimize redness. Peachy and golden hues are best for dark complexions.
2. If product testing is permitted where you shop, choose three shades that are similar to your coloring and dab along jawline. Whichever blends in most seamlessly with your skin tone is the winner.
3. When buying from a drugstore, hold up a few options near your chin and pick the one that most closely matches your complexion. Before you purchase, check the store's return policy—some (like CVS) allow returns with a receipt, even if opened.
1. Smooth on moisturizer from the hairline down to your neck.
2. Dab on foundation (about a dime-size amount) with a sponge, starting at the sides of your nose and spreading outward.
3. Once you cover the center of your cheek, move the sponge downward, carefully blending around mouth and past the jawline.
4. Next, blend up toward the forehead and down your nose. Repeat on the other side.
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A light-as-air texture that builds beautifully.
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Originally published in the December 2012 issue of Family Circle magazine.
This piece was accurate at publication time, but all prices, offerings and styles are subject to change.