4 Tips for Getting a Natural-Looking Foundation Finish

There’s no denying a full face of makeup is stunning in its own way, but there are times you may want to opt for a subtler look. Maybe you’re running errands or simply want a slight boost for your work-from-home calls. Whatever your reasoning, a natural-looking foundation finish is the answer. Of course, achieving this can be easier said than done. If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to pull together four tips to keep in mind for your next natural makeup look.

You may think that the only thing involved when creating the appearance of natural-looking foundation is your makeup products, but that isn’t the case. Your skincare routine—specifically how well you prep your complexion prior to applying foundation—can make all the difference. To cut to the chase, you’ll want to exfoliate. While this isn’t a step you should take part in each day, neglecting to exfoliate on a weekly basis can lead to a build-up of dead skin cells and impurities, which can cause your makeup to appear patchy, uneven, and unnatural.

Certain makeup brushes and tools can actually absorb your foundation formula, causing you to layer on more product in an effort to get coverage. This can lead to the appearance of cakey foundation, which is the opposite of what you want if you’re after a natural foundation finish. To steer clear of this all too easy mishap, use a makeup sponge to apply your foundation. You can even dampen the sponge to make the application process that much more seamless. Make sure to wash your tools regularly.


On the note of proper application, it’s important not to apply too much foundation. It may be tempting to pile on as much as you can in the hopes of covering every blemish and imperfection, but this won’t leave you with a natural finish. Instead, apply as little product as possible, remembering you can layer to get your desired coverage. Alternatively, you can always apply a bit of concealer to areas that need extra camouflaging.


Like we mentioned, certain areas of your face may call for a bit more coverage. Even if you’re going for a natural foundation finish, you can still cover your imperfections—it’s all about doing so in a way that leaves people guessing if you’re wearing foundation or simply have perfect skin. The secret is to use a lightweight, buildable formula, like our L’Oreal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation. This way, you can build the coverage where needed while leaving it light in other areas. No one will be able to tell!