How To Fake Airbrushed Skin
Want to know how to get flawless-looking, selfie-ready skin sans filter? From priming the complexion with a blurring makeup primer to concealing imperfections to illuminating our best facial features, we share a guide to faking airbrushed skin, ahead.
If we’re being completely honest, the “pretty” filters on our social media platforms are the best things that have ever happened to us (and our skin). Okay, maybe not the best thing, but—even on our worst days—they sure do know how to make a girl feel #flawless. Sadly, we can’t actually wear these filters IRL, but with a little help from blurring primers, blemish hiding concealers, and illuminating highlighters, we can create the illusion of filter-worthy skin. Learn how with our step-by-step guide to faking airbrushed skin, here.
STEP ONE: HYDRATE WITH A LIGHTWEIGHT SKIN CARE OIL
Before going to town with your blurring makeup primer, highly pigmented concealer, and illuminating highlighter, it’s important to take the time to hydrate and nourish your complexion with a lightweight skin care oil, such as rosehip oil. Not only can hydrating the skin with a nourishing skin care oil help leave the skin feeling soothed and comforted, it can promote glowing, healthy-looking skin, too!
STEP TWO: PROTECT WITH SPF
After you’ve nourished your complexion, it’s time for some necessary protection. Protecting the skin with SPF before makeup application is a vital step in any and all skin care routines, as it can help shield the skin from some of the harmful—read: damaging—effects of the sun’s UV rays. We recommend reaching for a physical sunscreen, such as SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50. The ultra-sheer, ultra-transparent, non-comedogenic sunscreen can provide lightweight—yet effective—protection without clogging pores and leaving the skin with a noticeable oil slick.
STEP THREE: PRIME WITH MAYBELLINE’S BABY SKIN INSTANT PORE ERASER
The first step in filter-worthy skin? Priming with a blurring makeup primer—such as, Maybelline’s Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser—of course! Formulated to smooth out the look of large pores and mattify the skin, this drugstore makeup primer can leave you with—you guessed it—baby soft skin that is ready for flawless makeup application. What’s more? The coveted makeup primer costs less than $10! Baby soft, filter-worthy skin for next to nothing? We’ll take it!
Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser, $6.99 MSRP
STEP FOUR: PERFECT WITH L’ORÉAL PARIS MAGIC BY STUDIO SECRETS MAGIC SKIN BEAUTIFIER BB CREAM
After prepping your complexion with a blurring makeup primer, it’s time to apply a little lightweight coverage. For a flawless, yet bare-looking finish, reach for L’Oréal Paris Magic By Studio Secrets Magic Skin Beautifier. Formulated to hydrate, prime, perfect, and correct, this drugstore BB cream can blur the look of skin imperfections and give you a no makeup-makeup effect.
STEP FIVE: CONCEAL WITH NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP HD PHOTOGENIC CONCEALER WAND
After you’ve primed, prepped, and applied some lightweight coverage, it’s time to conceal some of those visible skin imperfections. For highly pigmented—yet natural-looking—coverage, reach for NYX Professional Makeup HD Photogenic Concealer Wand. Don’t let it’s $5 price tag fool you, this drugstore makeup concealer can work to conceal pesky dark under-eye circles, blemishes, and areas of discoloration. What’s more? The HD Photogenic Concealer Wand has a few color correction options, too!
STEP SIX: ILLUMINATE WITH URBAN DECAY NAKED ILLUMINATED
Once you’ve concealed your skin imperfections, it’s time for some illumination. To highlight the high points of your complexion, reach for Urban Decay’s Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and Body. We love this all over powdered highlighter for both its versatility and effectiveness in creating filter-worthy skin.
STEP SEVEN: SET WITH URBAN DECAY CHILL COOLING AND HYDRATING MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY
After completing your filter-worthy makeup look, you’ll want to top things off with a cooling and hydrating setting spray, such as Urban Decay’s Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray. Formulated to “chill” the surface of your makeup, this makeup setting spray can help create a long-lasting makeup look that promotes dewy—read: glowing—selfie-ready skin.