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

Trust the process.

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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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