Getting Even Skin Tone and The Products to Use
Let's face it, as time goes on our skin tone gets uneven, whether it be from age spots, broken capillaries, the list goes on. Uneven skin tones are very common in people of all skin types. Oftentimes, uneven skin tones are the result of sun damage. While more common on fair-skinned people, dark-skinned individuals can also experience hyperpigmentation from the sun. Pregnancy, aging and hormonal changes can also contribute to uneven skin tones. Thankfully, there are many things you can do to get perfectly even skin tone. Like most skincare regimes, it does require dedication to see long-term results. For the long-term, I recommend; Washing your face with a gentle cleanser that has hydroxy acids and wearing sunscreen. However, these take time, and I am sure you're looking for a quicker solution.
I have had readers ask, "how can I get perfectly even skin tone with out caking on foundation?" Here is a little trick that will save you money, spare you aggravation, and give you a beautiful end result!
Before applying ANY foundation to your face, apply primer on clean skin. Primer helps to blur imperfections. I really love Stila new One Step Correct. It is an innovative, three-in-one serum that contains three color-correcting, moisturizing brighteners for flawless looking skin. Place a pea-size amount of primer in your hand and apply it all over your face as you would moisturizer or with a clean foundation brush. Note: avoid green primers that claim to counteract redness. They are super tricky to use and if used incorrectly can make you look washed out or ashy!!
A foundations texture is also key. Avoid anything that shimmers, as this will really draw attention to what you're trying to hide. Instead go with a Semi-matte or Satin foundation such as Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation. To apply, put a small amount on the back of your hand, place a dot of foundation on each cheek, your forehead and your chin, blending the makeup towards the perimeters of your face. Use a brush for application. This gives you more control than your hand or a sponge and really helps you reach the crevices around your nose, and other features for a more even look.
If you still see a few uneven patches after applying foundation cover them with an opaque concealer that comes in either pot or stick form like Hourglass Hidden Corrective or Benefit Cosmetics Erase Paste.
Stipple the area with a small concealer brush, and then feather out the edges and blend them into the skin. If you have large, prominent red spots, use concealer FIRST allow it to sit for a few minutes (in order to set) THEN apply your foundation.
To help your foundation and concealer to stay put, use a light dusting of translucent powder over concealed areas and spots that get oily. Remember that red areas are usually dry. To prevent having the "caked makeup" look, make sure you are very well moisturized.