This video proves any girl can get flawless skin

Cassandra Bankson rocked the YouTube beauty world when she posted a start-to-finish video of her foundation and concealer routine—also revealing her battle with severe acne (and the self-esteem issues it caused).

But the Cali teen didn’t let the skin sitch faze her. As she shot to beauty vlogger stardom, Cass made it her mission to help other girls who shared her prob. We teamed up with Cass for April/May’s Get the Look beauty tutorial (you can find “Flawless in six: Your full-face fix” on page 34 of the issue).


Whether you’ve got a bad breakout, all-nighter under-eye circles or just need a little camouflage, Cass reveals the tricks to faking a flawless face. Plus, watch the video that started it all—just remember that the full routine is extreme, and you won’t need to follow every step unless you’re battling a major acne breakout. But if ya need a little help nailing a fab foundation routine, read on.



Tip 1: Primer makes perfect

Prep clean skin with a thin layer of primer that’s geared for your skin type. “It will not only help your foundation last all day and look natural, but will keep your skin in balance,” says Cassandra.
• If you're oily, try a mattifying primer
• If you’re dry, try a luminous primer
• If you're acne prone, try a blemish-fighting primer that contains salicylic acid


Tip 2: Get real and conceal

Spot-treat problem areas with a great concealer—which means your foundation will have less work to do (always a bonus for lookin’ natural). “I prefer to apply my concealer under my foundation,” says Cass. “As long as you apply your foundation gently, it doesn't rub the concealer off.” Pick a concealer that’s one or two shades lighter than your foundation, then warm it up with your fingers before tapping on.

• If you have undereye circles…try a yellow-toned concealer
• If you have redness…try a green concealer
• If you have very dark skin…try an orange-based concealer


Tip 3: Find a fab foundation

There are a million foundation formulas out there, but Cassandra points out two of the most important factors: First, pick a foundation that works with your skin type…
• Dry skin: Try a creamy, dewy foundation or tinted moisturizer
• Oily skin: Try an oil-free foundation
• Problem skin: Try a full-coverage foundation
Next, make your foundation work for you. “If your makeup is going to be on your face all day, why not make it work for your skin?” says Cass.
• If you have acne, avoid silicone foundations and look for something with salicylic acid or blemish control
• Skip a step in your beauty routine by using a foundation with sunscreen
• Try a BB cream—they’re designed to hydrate, prime, conceal, treat and protect all in one product


Tip 4: Pick your tools of the trade

After you’ve picked a foundation, experiment with tools to figure out what works best—try a brush, sponge and your fingers. “I prefer to apply my foundation with clean hands, says Cass. “Hands and fingers are much easier to clean than brushes and sponges are, so it helps stop the transfer of breakout-causing bacteria.” She recommends tapping on foundation with fingertips (“gently but quickly, like playing the piano”) to get smooth coverage that looks natural.


Tip 5: Set it and forget it (for a few minutes)

“Once your foundation is on, let it sit and set,” says Cass. If you apply powder immediately, you can get cakey patches. Stay still for five minutes—try not to talk, eat or make crazy facial expressions—as the foundation sets evenly.


Tip 6: Get powder-perfect

“Powder is wonderful and can help us look amazing all day, but don’t overdo it,” says Cass. “I and many others are prone to packing it on.” Instead, Cass recommends skipping foundation powder (with coverage) and trying a translucent setting powder instead. “If you have a regular foundation on, you don’t need the extra pigment in the powder.” Then, follow these steps…
• Swirl a fluffy powder brush in loose setting powder (or a compact powder)
• Firmly tap the handle of the brush once or twice to remove excess powder from the bristles
• Start at your oiliest spot (as the brush will apply the most powder to where you first place it)
• Slowly use gentle, circular motions to buff it into your skin


Tip 7: Spray for stay

This last step is optional, and we’d reserve it for a night like prom (where you’ll be taking TONS of pictures + sweating profusely + too busy to touch up your makeup frequently). Introducing the setting spray: “Setting sprays are one of my favorites since they add a bit of glow to the skin and set the powder without causing an oily look,” says Cass. There are options available for regular, oily and dry skin—pick one that works for you, then hold a few inches away from your face and give it a quick mist.


So did you watch Cassandra’s video? What do you think of her brave beauty tutorial? Tell us in the comments or tweet me at @GLBeautyBabe.


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by Kelsey Haywood | 2/1/2016