When we hear someone say for the thousandth time how ironic it is that beauty editors don't wear makeup, we just smile and nod. The truth is that we have just picked up enough tricks over the years so that the foundation, concealer, blush, highlighter, and powder look like just a little glow.
EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE. Even the best makeup in the world will look like dirt.if it is applied on top of skin that is dry, dull, or flaky. Regular sloughing, whether with chemicals (like glycolic aci  d home peels or nighly application of retinoids) or a gentle, grainy scrub will make skin more radiant-and allow you to wear less makeup.
Some makeup artists believe it is heresy to apply foundation directly to bare skin. They say makeup primer creates a remarkably smooth surface. If you don't want to add an extra step ad a new product, just massage moisturizer onto clean skin. Makeup will then seem to melt itno the face rather than sit awkwardly on top of it.
The famous rule about getting ready, then removing one accessory before you leave the house applies just as well to makeup. After you have done your face, turn away from the mirror then quickly turn back. You might be surprised to see that your blush suddenly looks to bright, or the shimmer on your eyes is more disco than dazzling. A light dusting of powder will tone it down.