Of all of the endless makeup tips we encounter on the job, none seem quite as valuable as those that promise smooth, natural-looking foundation. A luminous, even complexion is always the end-all, be-all, and the ultimate goal is to make your coverage indiscernible from your bare skin, sans any two-toned cakiness.
The best approach we've nabbed from many a makeup artist is to combine your foundation with your skincare—by doing so, you're not just creating a seamless-looking tint but also giving your skin a much-needed boost of hydration (which is how celebs get that lit-from-within glow on the red carpet). Typically this entails mixing a cream formula with a moisturizer, but recently a skincare guru clued us in to an entirely different method that's nothing short of genius.
During a chat with Valerie Grandury—founder of Odacité, an all-natural, mix-and-match serum collection formulated to tackle any and every problem your complexion throws at you—the Paris-born esthetician revealed her secret to HD-ready skin. "If you mix powder foundation with a few drops of serum, it creates this perfect velvety finish to the skin," she told us. "It's really amazing."
Ever the willing beauty guinea pigs, we of course had to try it ourselves. Sure enough, when we mixed Eve Lom's Mineral Powder Foundation ($50) with a couple drops of Odacité's Green Tea Lemongrass Serum Concentrate ($39) (which smells heavenly, BTW), the result was incredible: Smooth and poreless but sheer enough that it looks like our own skin. Plus, it requires very little product—again, just a drop or two of serum and a little sprinkle of powder, all blended with a brush.
Getting the coverage we need while simultaneously improving our skin? Suddenly it's not such a tall order.
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