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How to Look Like You're Not Wearing Foundation

This Makeup Artist's No-Makeup Makeup Hack Actually Makes a Lot of Sense

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We all know those girls who always look like they're not wearing any foundation. How are these people even human, right? Do they have access to some kind of beauty intel we don't?

Well, according to French makeup artist, and recently appointed Global Beauty Director of Estée Lauder, Violette, the secret isn't actually just being born with it . . . it's down to a simple optical illusion that we've just been let in on.

In a recent YouTube video, Violette — who usually isn't a fan of foundation as she really loves the texture of bare skin — ran The Violet Files through her light coverage foundation routine and it was anything but basic. "Makeup is always about an optical illusion. If you have foundation where you need it, but the rest is bare, people will think that it's just real skin."

Violette says the key to looking like you're not actually wearing anything is by skipping applying foundation to the nose "I never ever, ever apply foundation on the nose. The nose is the center of the face . . . It's the middle part, and if the centre of the face is bare, the side of the face is bare, is going to create this idea that you don't have foundation." THIS. IS. GENIUS.

Talking us through her routine step-by-step, she used a damp sponge to pat Armani Luminous Silk foundation under her eyes, focusing in on the centre of her face, and around the mouth, smoothing it out with her fingers. They key is to only apply product around the nose, leaving the bridge of the nose bare "I really think the secret is not putting any foundation on your nose," she says. Understanding that some women would prefer to cover it all (we're looking at you, blackheads), she suggest taking a wipe or tissue and running it down the bridge of the nose to remove excess product to still achieve a close-to-natural look.

And for girls with freckles? Apparently those things your mum told you to avoid, are actually your answer to cheating the foundation test that is. "For girls that have freckles, it is the key. It is the best because then you can really pretend like you have no foundation, the freckles are the proof, you know?" Girl, we know and we salute you.

Does this mean that we're on the inside now? Are we part of the no nose makeup optical illusion club? Is there a secret handshake for this? Whatever it is, we'll never do our makeup the same way again.

Keep scrolling to watch Violette's video in full. Oh, and FYI, her nail polish is Essie in Russian Roulette — just in case you were wondering what that perfect French girl red was.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Paul Kabat
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