Make Your Foundation Look Airbrushed With This Easy Hack

So easy that we’re mad we didn’t think of it ourselves

Updated 09/08/17

Like any beauty editor, I’m extremely curious (and most likely annoying) when I’m getting any sort of beauty treatment done. I usually make the esthetician or makeup artist tell me exactly what they’re doing to my face—even if they’re giving me a facial massage or putting lipstick on my lips and would probably prefer I stop messing up the work by talking. I’ll learn some interesting tips and tricks here and there (contouring your brows being one of them), but every so often, something comes along that totally blows my mind—either from simplicity or sheer genius. This particular hack fulfills both of these requirements, and now I’m ready to share it with the world.

On a recent press trip to Miami with Urban Decay, I was getting my makeup done by artist Mickey Fitzpatrick. He color-matched me for Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup ($39), then did something weird: He started swirling and sliding the brand’s Good Karma Optical Blurring Blush ($25) in the palm of his hand. “Um, what are you doing?” I asked him, curious and feeling like I was on the verge of discovering something big. “I’m warming up the brush!” he said cheerily. Naturally, I made him explain himself immediately. Here’s the basic gist: Twirling and swirling a brush on the back of your hand “warms up” the bristles of your favorite brush and allows it to distribute your foundation more evenly for an airbrushed effect. Yes, airbrushed. My skin did look particularly poreless that night, and when I came home and tried it with my own brush (on a clean hand, obviously), I felt like my foundation applied much more smoothly and evenly. It makes perfect sense, if you think about it—the more movement your brush has, the more evenly it can distribute product. After warming up the brush, Fitzpatrick buffed the foundation over my face in circular motions, and I was left with a smooth, even, and airbrushed-looking canvas. (One thing to note: To prevent your brush getting dirty, make sure you wash your hand thoroughly with soap or hand sanitizer before trying this technique.) You can “warm up” all foundation brushes, but flat-tipped buffing brushes work best.

Shop four editor-approved foundations below, and tell me—will you try this trick? 

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation $62
Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation $8
Too Faced Born This Way Absolute Perfection Foundation $39
Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Defining Liquid Makeup $39

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