You're Doing It Wrong: Applying Foundation

Beyoncé's makeup artist Sir John reveals how to flawless skin

By Alanah Joseph Oct 10, 2017 12:04 PMTags

For once, instead not doing enough, you're probably doing too much. 

With new products and trends always on the rise, it seems like we're constantly adding things and time to our beauty routines. Thankfully, Sir John, trusted makeup artist to Beyoncé, Kim KardashianChrissy TeigenJoan Smalls and more, is saying it's time to dial it back, especially when it comes to foundation. 

"When I see somebody come into the room, I don't necessarily want to change the state they're in," the beauty pro said at an event for the new treatment for ongoing redness, Rhofade, "Some people believe in taking foundation and completely stripping their [individuality]. I want to see a freckle. I want see a pore. I want to see some of that story or data that happens to be there. Take a beauty blender. Go ahead and dap where you need to, then keep it sheer everywhere else. "

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If you have acne, redness or dark circles, don't worry. You can conceal them still. The American Beauty Star producer and mentor says, "Don't be afraid to take your concealer after you do that very minimal approach and give yourself coverage where you need it."

Based on his suggestions, applying foundation is about strategic placement and blending. By the time you finish your makeup, you should still be able to see your natural complexion, even if you're dealing with skin ailments. And, spoiler alert: everyone, even Queen Bey and supermodel Joan Smalls, has skin-care issues.

"I work around really beautiful, strong women everyday," he said. "One thing that I see run parallel is that they all have skin-care concerns. They all have issues with dark circles, slow circulation or redness. We always want to find something that can keep it at bay or minimize it."

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Rhofade cream, a cream-based prescription medicine for ongoing redness in adults (aka rosacea), is one of the solutions that the makeup artist recommends. "This doesn't change the texture of your makeup," he shared. He suggests cleansing the face, then applying a pea-sized amount of the product to your skin, let it dry for a couple of minutes, follow with moisturizer, then makeup. The vasoconstriction of the product promises to minimize redness, so you don't have to rely too hard on foundation. Although, you should talk to your dermatologist first.

Isn't it nice to do less?