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5 tips for achieving flawless-looking skin

Let's face it - nobody's skin is perfect. Even celebrities have blemishes, red patches and dark circles under their eyes every now and then. While achieving perfect skin may be impossible, that doesn't mean there aren't steps you can take to make it look a little more flawless. When applying cosmetics, your face is your canvas, and you'll want it to be as smooth as possible.

1. Exfoliate
One of the easiest ways to give your complexion a boost is regularly exfoliating. This process removes all of the dead skin cells, leaving you with rejuvenated skin. Exfoliating shouldn't be painful - if it is then you're doing it wrong. Choose a gentle face wash that includes an exfoliant.

2. Moisturize
Even if you regularly have blemishes, it's important to moisturize - otherwise your skin may begin to look red or flaky. For a bit of an extra glow, choose a formula that contains particles designed to reflect light and conceal imperfections.

3. Use primer
You may think it an unnecessary step, but applying primer after you moisturize can even out your skin and help you achieve that flawless look. When choosing a primer, make sure it contains silica - that's what will fill everything in and even out your complexion.

4. Choose foundation
Picking the right foundation is an important part of your makeup routine. Avoid anything matte or luminous - it tends not to look natural. Instead, choose a liquid foundation with silicone that is lightweight and sheer. The idea is to enhance, not cover.

5. Apply sparingly
There's no reason to cake your face in foundation. In fact, you should only place a dime-sized dab on your forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. Using two fingers, blend the foundation downward. If you have a blemish that's causing particular trouble, you can apply a bit of cover up on the spot.

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