There are some of us that just have “it” when it comes to make-up application. Others of us, need a little guidance. Regardless of what category you fall into, applying full coverage foundation is the most important part of achieving a flawless face. You don’t want it applied unevenly or blotchy and you most certainly don’t want “flash face”.  When it comes to dark skin, women may have trouble finding the right color foundation. There is also the concern that full coverage ends up being too “cakey”. Fortunately, there are ways to warm up and lighten your face without tons of makeup. This is where highlight and contour come into play. While these two steps may be a little more intimidating; they can be mastered with practice. So, let’s learn how to apply flawless full coverage foundation, highlight, and contour.

What I used:

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer – Hydrating
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer -NW50 –
Make up Forever Ultra HD – R520 –
Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick – Espresso 6 (Contouring)-
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – Biscuit (Highlighter)-
Ben Nye Banana and Topaz Powder (Mixed)
Kat Von D Lock – It – Tattoo – Deep 71(used to set contour)
NARS Blush – Taj Mahal –
MAC Extra Dimension – Magnetic Appeal (High Point on Cheeks)
Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray –


Beauty Blender
MAC – 168 (contouring)
MAC – 129SH (blush)
it Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Dual EyeShadow No 5
it Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe No 8 (Face powder)
Morphe – M439 (foundation)
Sephora – PRO Small Brush 74 (conturing)
bH Fluffy Brush (nose conturing)
Large Fan Brush – might be a crown brush???


Visual Guide:



  • Start with clean and dry face
  • Squeeze a pea size of primer onto index and middle finger
  • Spread primer all over face and allow to dry before applying makeup
  • Pump twice adding liquid concealer (MAC Pro Longwear) onto a damp beauty blender
  • Blotch onto cheeks and spread over face using a patting motion
  • Add one pump liquid foundation (Make Up Forever cool tone) to damp beauty blender
  • Layer the liquid foundation over the concealer base using the same patting motion
  • Using highlighting concealer (two shades lighter than complexion) add a few streaks under the eyes
  • Pat to blend in the concealer using the narrow end of the beauty blender
  • Press concealer to the sides of nose, outer corners of eyes and top of cheekbones
  • Highlight bridge of nose, cupids bow, and chin
  • Blend areas out using the same patting motion and wide end of beauty blender
  • Set the highlighted areas using powder (Ben Nye Banana and Topaz Powder) with brush
  • Place the powder and pat directly onto areas with concealer
  • Softly brush away excess powder (unless baking for oily skin) after sitting briefly
  • Begin contouring with foundation stick (Bobbi Brown foundation stick, one shade darker)
  • Apply creme foundation stick starting at temple of face to the outer corner of the eye
  • Blend excess foundation around hairline and jawline
  • Using pressed foundation powder, apply and set the contoured area
  • Set foundation (entire face) with loose foundation powder (same color as skin tone)
  • Highlight cheekbones with preferred (MAC Extra Dimension) in between concealer highlight and contour
  • Use blush (NARS Tahj Mahal) to blend out the highlight and warm up cheeks
  • Apply a light amount of blush to nose, forehead, chin to warm up face
  • Mist makeup setting spray all over face to set the powder and complete the application


  • Primer extends the wear of your foundation and helps prep your skin by filling in lines and wrinkles
  • Using a liquid concealer as your base will even out discoloration before foundation application
  • Layering is the best way to get flawless full coverage
  • The foundation color (one shade lighter) will balance the red tone concealer for a perfect match to skin
  • Highlighting brings light to places that seem dark or sunken (nose, chin, under eyes)
  • When picking highlight color, choose a color two shades lighter than your skin tone
  • You don’t have to apply concealer directly to all areas
  • You can use excess product picked up from larger areas to highlight smaller areas
  • Using warmer colors for contouring gives you a suntanned look and more depth
  • If you layer using more than one foundation, you don’t have to work as hard to blend

Looking for more visuals and tips on how to achieve flawless full coverage? Check out the full video tutorial here:

So did I provide you with all the tips and tools you need to slay!? I hope so. Sharing is caring, which is why I wanted to share all my preferred products and tools for achieving the most flawless full coverage possible. Could you see yourself switching up your makeup routine and trying my routine? Chime in below! I would love to hear from you. I would also like to invite you to sign up for my newsletter, this way you will always be in the know with all things MA.

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Maria Antionette is a professional hairstylist, DIY creator and fashion lover with a belief that beauty can be fun, easy and simple.
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