If only no makeup makeup were as easy as it sounds. But, unless you have an exemplary diet, a 28-step skincare routine or some seriously smug genes, it’s pretty hard to make our skin look deliciously fresh, dewy and notably “natural” without our foundation giving the game away.
One woman leading the way, though, is TikTok user @milly__chan. Her “very long foundation routine” (dw, it’s not that long) is the secret to skin which, as Milly puts it herself, looks “smooth as a baby’s 🍑”. Pssst, it’s ultra glowy, too
To replicate, Milly preps her skin with e.l.f.’s Mint Melt primer (£8). Then she tells followers to mix their foundation on a makeup palette – Milly uses L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation (£8.79) mixed with Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation (£35) – then spritz it with a setting spray to water it down – try Morphe’s Continuous Setting Mist (£16).
Spray your face with the setting mist too, then bounce a makeup sponge in it like the Beauty Blender and use this to spread your foundation on thin.
Use the palette trick again with your concealer. Spread it on – try L’Oreal’s Infallible More Than Concealer (£9.99) – and water it down with setting mist, like the foundation. Then use a sponge to apply it by bouncing “a LOT,” Milly says.
To blend the whole lot together, bounce a clean sponge over your entire face to push the product into skin more imperceptibly. It’s a trick that’s loved by A-list makeup artists, too.
Milly recommends only powdering your skin in specific spots aka the forehead, under eyes and on the chin, then using the other powders you’d normally apply, like blusher and highlighter, to set your foundation elsewhere. “This way you reduce the amount of powder on your face which makes it less cakey,” she says.
She takes Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer (£14.29) and applies it to her forehead, jawline, cheekbones and either side of the nose to lightly contour, then uses Milani’s Baked Blush (£11) across her cheeks and the bridge of her nose. For a lush glow, she uses Wet N Wild’s Megaglo Highlighting Powder (£5.99) and a dinky fan brush to tactically apply it over the high points of her face like her cheeks and nose.
To finish? Spray face with – you guessed it – more setting spray, then use a fan to dry it (cute electric fan optional). Repeat the spritzing and fanning a couple more times to set and refresh and the end result looks like a walking IRL beauty filter. Magic.
For more from GLAMOUR’s Deputy Beauty Editor, Elle Turner follow her on Instagram @elleturneruk.