How the stars fake perfect skin: Brighten a dull complexion!

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Look for foundations, tinted moisturizers and loose powders that are “hydrating and contain iridescence,” advises Quynh. Or, suggests Blunder, “mix a few drops of liquid bronzer to foundation before applying.”

“Opt for a cream blush,” says Quynh. “The creamy texture contains a little shine, which gives skin a healthy glow.” Use a foundation brush to apply to the apples of cheeks and blend.


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How the stars fake perfect skin: Neutralize redness!

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Mask broken capillaries and red patches with a heavily pigmented camouflage cream. “Pick one with a yellow base to counteract the red,” Quynh tells Us. Adds Molly Sims’ makeup pro Monika Blunder, “Dot a tiny amount onto skin and use the tip of a concealer brush to cover small areas like capillaries.” For larger areas of redness, gently pat (don’t rub) it into skin with fingers.


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How Stars Fake Perfect Skin: Smooth Fine Lines

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Before applying any makeup, use a foundation primer or line-smoothing moisturizer to “even out the surface and prevent foundation from settling into creases,” says Quynh.

Stay away from products that have a heavy texture like solid or powder foundations. And be careful when applying loose powder, warns Quynh. “Lightly dust onto oily areas like the T-zone, but beware: Using too much can emphasize wrinkles.”


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How to fake perfect skin – like the stars!

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Diffuse dark spots!

To even out discoloration (e.g. sunspots or melasma), blend a liquid foundation all over and then “dab a heavy concealer only on dark areas to keep from looking overdone,” advises Ali Larter’s makeup artist Mai Quynh.

Want to look freckle-free? Opt for a stick foundation instead of liquid for more coverage. Try Max Factor Pan-Stik makeup ($7, drugstore.com).


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