Pictorial – Full Coverage Base without the Cake

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I recently did a post on how I achieve a full coverage face without going a bit cray cray on the products. I have to be honest, it’s really hard not to go overboard when you’re shooting photos for a blog or recording a video for youtube. I PROMISE that most of the people doing makeup for their blogs or youtube do not wear that much on the daily. It’s just hard to get makeup to translate well on camera.

But, we are going to be honest in this post. I will be bare faced and we will see how well I can cover my very angry face. I waited until it was really angry to photograph this. You’re welcome. Let’s do it. Gird your loins ladies and gents, bare faced coming.


(1) Prep your skin, make sure you’re wearing moisturizer/oil whatever floats your boat. If you have dry, flaky skin make sure to exfoliate softly with a wash cloth or a gentle acid. If you like to wear a primer go ahead and add that. My skin has been so dry lately that I don’t really bother. If you have a really great moisturizing primer let me know down in the comments!


(2) I like to start with my Kjaer Weis foundation. I use my fingers to tap that into the skin. Tap tap tap and tap some more. Only place your foundation where you want to even out the skin tone. I like to keep my foundation restricted to my cheeks, nose and chin. Let your beautiful skin shine through!


I wanted to include a photo of my foundation done. I don’t expect my foundation to completely conceal my blemishes. I just want it to smooth and even out my skin. I can conceal my blemishes later on.


(3) Pin point concealing. Just go for it. It’s like paint by numbers. Or, erase all the numbers? I don’t know. Remember to use an oil if you find your concealer a bit too stiff. Just dip your small brush into the oil and then into your concealer and work it into the back of your hand. I really love to use my Ko and Humble Passion Fruit Seed Oil with my Laura Mercier Camouflage in SC-2.


(4) Pop on some under eye concealer. Done. I really don’t like the feeling of having too much makeup on my skin so this is my daily routine. If you want more details on the products I used and why check out my Full Coverage Base without the Cake post

So, is my skin absolutely perfect with this routine? No. You have to wear what makes you feel confident. Love yourself for who you are. Blemishes, scars, pigmentation and all 🙂

NOTE: I did not do any skin smoothing or editing in any of these photos. When I do makeup looks I often smooth my skin a bit just because harsh lights really bring out texture in the skin. But, this is a foundation routine and I will NEVER do any kind of editing if I am reviewing a foundation or concealer. Because that would just defeat the point wouldn’t it.

Never compare yourselves to beauty bloggers or youtubers. A lot of cameras have a skin smoother that is automatically applied to photos. I didn’t even know that was possible… Like seriously, the internet is not real life my friends.


  1. Ela February 17, 2016 / 08:55

    I didn’t know about the skin smoother until awhile ago, technology is really improving! It seriously looks like you are not wearing anything, it is really natural which I like for everyday wear. I don’t use brush like that to apply concealer, I mostly use my finger tips, does it really make a big difference?


    • Ellen February 17, 2016 / 17:52

      I find that it depends on what kind of concealer it is. If it has a doe foot I wouldn’t bother. But if it is a thicker, fuller coverage concealer I think it really helps. I like to place the concealer only on the pigmented area otherwise you lighten the skin surrounding the blemish and it kind of draws attention to it. It’s preference but I think it helps 🙂

  2. Kelsey February 19, 2016 / 15:58

    Such a lovely post! The Kjaer Weis foundation… do you like it?? I think it has such pretty packaging but I feel like I see so little reviews on it. Also I’m so happy to see someone talk about how the photos we see on the internet are extremely edited. I used to be so sad that I didn’t have perfectly smooth skin until I realized un real that idea is. xo

    Kelsey | http://www.abalancingpeach.com

    • Ellen February 19, 2016 / 18:09

      Hey Kelsey 🙂 I really love the Kjaer Weis foundation! I highly recommend grabbing a sample first though. Integrity botanicals let’s you choose 3 samples at checkout and you can try different shades and they give you more than enough for at least a weeks worth of applications. It’s a thick consistency but it melts into the skin and just does not budge. Really love it! Totally agree with you! No one has perfect skin. Everyone has pores! It’s just easy to forget that!

    • Ellen February 19, 2016 / 18:09

      I really like the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage. But if you’re looking for a similar concealer but a bit more emollient, Honest Beauty does a duo concealer that would work really well for this method 🙂

  3. jeannine August 2, 2016 / 21:02

    What a great tutorial! I love the step by step how to!! You are a stunning natural beauty! If you have dry skin do you suggest we skip the powder, or the foundation?
    such great wisdom in this: “Never compare yourselves to beauty bloggers or youtubers. A lot of cameras have a skin smoother that is automatically applied to photos. I didn’t even know that was possible… Like seriously, the internet is not real life my friends.”
    Thank you for your candor, honesty, bravery and sharing the truth! Beautifully executed!!

    • Ellen August 3, 2016 / 16:33

      Hi Jeannine 🙂 I have extremely dry skin. I suggest choosing your foundation according to your skin type. If I’m extra dry I add a drop of your calm oil to my foundation 🙂 If you don’t need to conceal then skip your powder. But if you do need to spot conceal I do suggest setting with powder just in the places you conceal. Try and stay away from powders with Talc or any Kaolin Clay. I use silk powders or silica powders and they don’t highlight dry patches 🙂 Thanks so much for your lovely comment Jeannine!!

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