How To Flawlessly Apply Full Coverage Foundation

We love no makeup-makeup, but when it comes to getting seriously flawless skin, nothing beats a pore-perfecting, full coverage foundation. These high-pigment bases have everything covered – from surprise blemishes to post-Friday night fatigue – and their selfie-enhancing properties mean you’ll be completely hooked. But, how do you get a full coverage foundation to look completely natural? It all comes down to two things: the formula you use and the way you apply it. Don’t stress; we’ve got your drama-free guide to creating the dreamiest canvas, whether you’re working some everyday glam or getting ready for a big night out.

1. Prime to Perfection

Real talk: if you want skin to look totally flawless, you will need to use a good makeup primer. Our pore-blurring, skin-brightening Lasting Finish Primer is perfect for that filtered-in-real-life look. Starting from the centre of your face, blend it outwards to instantly smooth your complexion. Then, apply a little extra to your t-zone and any other areas that tend to be oily by midday.

2. Conceal and Correct

Give full coverage foundation an extra boost by prepping your skin with a colour corrector. We love Insta Conceal and Correct Palette; a trio of pastel cream concealers that nix the appearance of dull skin, dark circles and redness. Dab the green over angry blemishes, pat the peach pigment underneath your eyes, and use the lavender to add a little luminosity wherever you need it. (All over? Us, too.)

3. Apply Full Coverage Foundation

Lasting Finish 25hr Foundation is the ultimate in full coverage bases. It’s high in pigment yet blends seamlessly for an #IWokeUpLikeThis finish. The built-in comfort serum makes application super-quick and easy (even when you’re on the go) while the sweat-, heat- and humidity-resistant formula means it will. not. budge. Can you tell we’re obsessed?

4. Delete Dark Circles

If you still need some extra coverage under your eyes, reach for Match Perfection Concealer. It’s a lightweight liquid that gets rave reviews for its radiance-boosting, dark circle-deleting powers. Apply it in an upside-down triangle, with the base tracing your lower lash line and the tip touching the centre of your cheeks. Lightly tap with your ring finger to flawlessly blend.

5. Do Believable Bronzing

Finally, bring your features back into focus by finishing your base with our velvety, matte Natural Bronzer. Sweep it only where the sun naturally hits your face, like the top of your forehead, the bridge of your nose, the centre of your chin and along your cheekbones. That’s your full coverage look covered…

Want more makeup inspiration? Head to the Rimmel London Instagram to see endless looks and trends, and check out our guide to colour correctors for more quick skin tips.