If you’ve been perusing through TikTok lately, you would know that the latest trend to take the platform by storm is the “under painting” makeup technique. The method, which has been around for years, recently resurfaced thanks to celebrity makeup artist Mary Phillips, who is responsible for glamming it girls Kendall Jenner and Hailey Bieber.
Turns out, their flawless base isn’t just genetics, and a lot of it has to do with Phillips applying cream contour and highlighting products before the actual foundation. Typically, contour, highlight and blush is the last step in one's makeup routine but when doing the under painting technique, the three are applied heavily on bare skin.
Once the cream products are blended out, foundation is then buffed on to the face using a fluffy brush. This results in a natural, diffused base that is free from harsh lines.
We may not have the budget to afford Mary Phillips, but that doesn’t mean we can’t recreate the look ourselves. Here are the products you will need when attempting the under painting technique.
Photo credit: Instagram / @maryphillips
STEP 1: Apply concealer on the high points of the face and under the eyes
Benefit Boi-ng Brightening Concealer is a concealer that will brighten dull, tired eyes and discolouration. It offers full coverage.
STEP 2: Apply cream contour underneath the cheekbones, jawline, sides of the nose and temples
Maybelline New York Master Contour V-Face Duo Stick is a dual-ended cream stick that can be used to contour and highlight the face. The easy to use, super blendable matte formula creates the illusion of structure and lift. Apply the dark shade along the jawline, hollows of the cheeks, sides of the nose and temples.
STEP 3: Apply cream blush heavily to the cheeks
Lancôme Cushion Blush Subtil is a cushion blush with liquid pigments that enhance the complexion for a fresh and glowing look. With Air Cushion technology, its smooth, light texture promotes radiance, while pigments deliver a pop of colour to cheekbones. Available in six rosy and orange variations.
STEP 4: Blend out your foundation with a fluffy powder brush
essence Pretty Natural Hydrating Foundation is a foundation that provides a smooth and natural complexion. The feathery-light, long-lasting formula with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera provides moisture for 24 hours and creates a beautiful, naturally matte finish for just as long. Thanks to its medium coverage, it makes redness disappear, ensures an even skin tone and blends perfectly into the skin.
Glam by Manicare All Over Powder Brush is a staple powder brush that will help you achieve the flawless base you've been craving. This brush has an ergonomically designed handle for precision and comfort, and tapered bristles with soft edges for an airbrushed and streak free finish.