How to Make Foundation Look Natural


I want it all when it comes to my makeup. I especially want that full coverage foundation to look completely natural, like it is my actual skin. The good news, it is much easier to get that second skin look than you think. The first step is a moisturized face — makeup just won’t sit well on dry skin and will only get worse as the day wears on. Dry office air, anyone? It’s the second step, though, that really makes the difference. After applying your foundation (cream/liquid/tinted moisturizer), spritz a toning mist all over your face and buff buff buff. And buff some more. I take my Cargo Magic Brush (the name says it all) and spritz the La Bella Figura Jardin de Fleurs all over. The key is to do it right after applying foundation and before any other makeup. The finish is dewy and natural—so good you could stop right there. But, I’d recommend a few dabs of cream blush on the cheeks for good measure. I adore LBF’s mist with coconut water and hyaluronic acid for hydration and jasmine, honeysuckle, rose, carrot seed hydrosol (see ya redness!) and white peony to balance PH levels in skin. But, you don’t need to spend a lot of dollars to benefit from this trick. The Heritage Rosewater & Glycerin, at about $6 a bottle, is equally up to the task.


A few of my favorites, low-to-luxe style:

$ Rosewater & Glycerin Spray / 100% Pure Organic Rose Hydrasol $$ Caudalie Beauty Elixir / ZENMED Nutrient Boost Spray / ED4OLO Vitamin D  $$$ Kahina Toning Mist / La Bella Figura Jardin de Fleurs / Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence

18 thoughts on “How to Make Foundation Look Natural

  1. Christine

    I’d tried spraying a mist over my foundation before, but never thought about buffing it in! Would the results still be good if I were to powder on top? That T-zone needs to be controlled!

      1. Cecille

        I used Jane Iredale’s PurePressed Base Powder (no liquid foundations) and Caudalie’s Beauty Elixer with the buffing technique last night for Valentine’s dnner….and, well, WOW! I loved how smooth my skin looked without looking overdone. Thank you for the tip!

  2. Anu

    When i tried the beauty elixer at sephora, I thought it smelled funny like a herb or something. I have been suffering from dry skin lately and was looking for a fix throughout the day. If it only did not smell so strong.

  3. Elaine Springer

    Or just use RMS Beauty Un Cover UP – it looks and feel totally natural. It evens out your skin and makes you look a bit more beautiful !

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  5. Marcella

    Thanks for this great tip Laurie! I remember to spritz a toning mist (May’s The Jasmine Garden) but I didn’t think to buff! I will have to try this out and see if my Kjaer Weis foundation sits better on my dry skin. I hope it doesn’t create an even more flakier mess.


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