Underpainting Is TikTok’s Viral Technique for More Natural-Looking Makeup

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If you’re a fan of no-makeup makeup, listen up: A new makeup technique has hit close to 100 million views on TikTok for its ability to make makeup—specifically contour—appear more natural. It’s called underpainting, and although it may sound complicated, it’s actually a super simple technique that you can easily master on your own. If you wear makeup, you’re probably doing all the steps already—this one just requires you doing them in a different order.

We tapped celebrity makeup artist Alexis Oakley to learn more about the technique, what products she recommends for the look, and a step-by-step guide on how to do it yourself.

What is underpainting?

Underpainting is a makeup technique where you apply your face makeup (i.e. contour, blush, and concealer) first, underneath your foundation. “I love this method because it always uses way less product than if you applied each

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I’m a Beauty Editor Who Loves Foundation, and I Ranked My 4 Favorite Formulas at Every Coverage Level

I’m a Beauty Editor Who Loves Foundation, and I Ranked My 4 Favorite Formulas at Every Coverage Level

I’m a Beauty Editor Who Loves Foundation, and I Ranked My 4 Favorite Formulas at Every Coverage Level

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I’ve been wearing foundation since I was 14. My mother let us experiment with makeup and saw it as an extension of self-expression. She also understood that my acne was debilitating, and that any crutch that would help me through the horror of puberty was welcome. I came to rely on a little skin-the-good-mineral” data-ylk=”slk:powder foundation compact” class=”link “powder foundation compact that made me feel better equipped to handle the complexities of being a teenage girl whose skin was breaking out for the first time.

I didn’t wear foundation all the time, and I still don’t, but adequate coverage remains one of its primary functions for me. Maybe it’s a placebo effect, but knowing that I can put on foundation and feel better about myself immediately is incredibly

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