Anyone who has worn makeup has been faced with the dreaded foundation mask one way or another. This is not just referring to the orange tinted mask, but also the flashback in photos that can make you look like you were sick in bed all week long and then decided to slap some makeup on. Either way, it is not a good look, so here are some tips and tricks to get flawless and realistic skin.

Using the right shade of product is the most important step and can be achieved with either drugstore or high end products. If you choose to invest in a higher end product, make sure you are getting your money’s worth out of it. Although the people working at the counters tend to be a little pushy at times, they are a great resource and can save you a lot of money. If possible go in bare faced and have them match the color to your jawline. Keep in mind that people of darker complexions tend to be lighter through the center of the face and slightly darker around the hair and jaw lines. A Bobbi Brown Makeup Artist taught me to go with the lighter shade and use a bronzer or a deeper colored face powder along the outer sections of the face. Also make sure to drag the product down the neck.

To get a flawless and seamless finish, be sure to blend, blend, blend. Highlighting and contouring has taken over Instagram this past year and we all want that selfie perfect dimension but you want to make sure you blur out the lines. The purpose of contouring is to add shadows and dimensions back into the face after applying an often flattening foundation but you shouldn’t look like you created a road map on your face. If you want the lift the cheekbones, define the cheekbones, and snatch your nose…use a light hand.