How To: Get Smooth Foundation Application || Textured Skin – Elle Leary Artistry

I get asked a lot how to create the illusion of smooth skin when you have texture on your skin. Here are my fail-safe red carpet tricks to dealing with uneven skin. I always say to start with skincare, but while you are waiting for that to work, these tips will leave you with amazing looking skin!

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Products mentioned:
La Mer Soft Fluid Foundation in Bisque:
La Mer The Powder:
REN Perfect Canvas Skin Finishing Serum:
TooFaced Hangover Setting spray:
MILK Blur Stick:
CoverFX Perfect Setting Powder in Light:
Dr. Dennis Gross Universal Peel Pads:
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light:
TARTE Rainforest of the Sea concealer:

IT Cosmetics Miracle Water™ 3-in-1 Glow Tonic:
Tatcha The Essence Plumping Skin Softener:
Drunk Elephant C-Firma™ Day Serum:

Youth To The People Age Prevention Superfood Cream:
Skin Deva Hyaluronic Acid:

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Proper Cleansing routine:

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50 thoughts on “How To: Get Smooth Foundation Application || Textured Skin – Elle Leary Artistry”

  1. Hey Elle! Why don’t you put the milk on your nose? Just asking Because a lot of times when I put it on my nose I feel it makes it look worse… 😳🙃is there something I can do about that?

  2. what best to use when you have lost of firmness around mouth? and dark circle under eyes and light concealer goes grey on me -yuck although my skin is fair my eyes are dark

  3. I just did this with the under eye powder – wow. I was doubtful but it worked. One question – how would you set creases (around the mouth) that everything settles in? Would you treat it the same way as under eye wrinkles? Thanks!

  4. I love your videos and tips, Elle! As a “mature” woman (49) with textured skin, you’ve really helped me find products and use techniques that help my skin look more beautiful. Thank you so much!

  5. I have invested almost a couple thousand dollars in products from Sephora, my skin is looking worse now 😢 I will try your technique and products you’re suggesting. Thanks Elle, love your videos ❤️

  6. My apologies for commenting on an old video. My question is does this process/products still the same today as when this video was uploaded? I am looking for products and processes for my textured skin. Your skin looked amazing and a very informative video.

  7. Hi
    I've just discovered your channel and finding all your videos are so packed with best information! One question about applying primers and foundations to textured skin with beauty blenders, what about your spf creams, bronzers and blushers etc would you recommend blenders all the way and save brushes for eyes only ?
    Thanks and keep up the brilliant videos. Julie X

  8. Hi Elle. I 'm new here and am really loving all your videos. I see this is old and maybe you don't go back and answer questions, but when I see that you've prepared your face for makeup, you didn't include sunscreen. I always wear sunscreen but I feel as if I'm having some issues with my makeup not playing nicely with the sunscreen as well as all the other serums/moisturizer I have on underneath that. I do try to put on the sunscreen and let it dry for a while to set prior to applying foundation or concealer but sometimes, it just seems like its moving all over my face. Wondering if you have a sunscreen recommendation you can make? Thank you

  9. I need help determining which primer to use with which foundation. Some primers are silicone based, but which drugstore foundation works best with silicone primers? I can't swing the price tag of La Mer products or many high end products. The drugstore brands have really stepped up their game with great products, and the price tags are much friendlier. Any suggestions on primer-to-foundation pairing?

  10. Home run once again, Elle. Via your advice my foundation application regime begins with the Milk Blur Stick (it rocks!). My evening ends with the Dr. Dennis Gross Pads. I compared the exfoliation pads with the Dermalogica Daily Resurfacer at night followed by Dermalogica Daily Microfolient in the morning. Although both products were effective Dr. Gross Pads won. I have a lot of texture and large pores (age 62) but the Milk Blur Stick along with the pads have helped. Also, by using the Beauty Blender versus hands or brush was again proven to minimize my badly textured skin. Thanks for all you do!!!!

  11. Don’t know what I’d do without you Elle! Your tips are so helpful and I can tell how much you care about helping your subscribers. So thank you a million times! You never disappoint. 😉

  12. I just finished a 30 day supply of the Dr. Dennis Gross peel pads. I don't feel it did much for my skin, it still has texture, can you recommend a different product? Thank you, I love your videos!

  13. Once again another great tips video! So happy I stumbled across your channel, you've taught me some wonderful tips! I'm 46 yrs old and in the last year I've gotten real serious with my skin care. I've learned make up obviously looks much better when your skin is in good condition. Luckily I've always look really good for my age (I've been told) but it helps even more when you learn good tips! So thanks again and I appreciate all your valuable information!

  14. I have extremely textured skin from acne scars, large pores, age, etc & I tried the application tips today & what a difference!! Thank you so much!! Now I understand why highlighting always looks bad on me. I thought I was just doing it wrong.

  15. Which products do you recommend that reduced your texture? I have issues with texture under my eyes and my derm said I was fine and it’s more just cosmetic. Do you just recommend those dr. Dennis skin pads and bye bye under eye cream? Thank you so much.

  16. I do not like the beauty blender because it takes up all the foundation which was already on my face. Also your makeup techniques require too many products, who has the time for that. Hope you can come up with less products to acquire that look which you achieved in this video.


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