5 Steps to the Perfect Face

Photography by: Thayer Allyson Gowdy

3. Cover up
(a) An illuminating concealer will help camouflage under-eye circles and brighten dark spots around your eyes and nose. Place a small amount of concealer on your index finger and use a gentle tapping motion to apply it to the inner eye corners, under the brow bones and directly under your eyes. Use the same technique to apply concealer to the creases on top of your nostrils.
Try: AVON ANEW Reversalist Illuminating Eye System ($30; avon.com); philosophy eye hope anti-aging concealer ($28; philosophy.com).
(b) To hide blemishes, use a full-coverage concealer that matches your skin tone. Look for one with a thick consistency and yellow undertones (yellow counteracts redness). Apply the concealer directly on the blemish with a firm makeup brush or cotton swab. Then, gently pat around the blemish with your fingertips to blend the concealer into your skin and erase any telltale edges of makeup.
Try: Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Correcting Concealer ($9; drugstore.com).

4. Glow on
(a) To create a natural-looking flush on your cheeks, use a pink or bronze cream blush or cheek stain. Apply the product to the apples of each cheek, then use your fingertips to blend the color toward your hairline.
Try: Too Faced Aqua Bunny Bronzer ($28; toofaced.com); Chantecaille AquaBlush in Frivolous ($42; chantecaille.com); Laura Geller Tint Hint ($23; laurageller.com).
(b) Iridescent liquids and creams act as highlighters on your skin when strategically placed where the sun would naturally hit your face. Use your fingertips to dab product along your hairline, on the tip of your chin, down the bridge of your nose and across your cheekbones.
Try: Dr. Hauschka Bronzing Fluid ($37; drhauschka.com).

5. Get set…go!
To set your makeup, dip a fluffy eyeshadow brush into a translucent powder and use only on the skin between your brows, along your chin, as well as on oily patches or areas with concealer. Don’t dust your entire face with powder. “Powders can settle into fine lines and wrinkles and create a matte complexion, which can be very aging,” says Turnbow. As a final touch, rub your hands together and then gently press them on your face, especially around your eyes and nose. The warmth will help your makeup settle into your skin and become transparent.
Try: e.l.f. COSMETICS Studio High Definition Powder ($6; eyeslipsface.com); Afterglow Cosmetics Organic Setting Powder ($26; afterglowcosmetics.com)