Emily MacCulloch
Emily MacCulloch

Beauty Hack: The Must-Know Foundation Trick I Learned from Pat McGrath

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over my years of working in beauty, it’s this: When Pat McGrath talks, you listen. I’ve been lucky enough to meet McGrath a couple of times, and I always listen to each and every word she says when it comes to makeup (I mean, she’s the definition of legend). When fashion month wrapped for Spring/Summer 2017, McGrath did a super cool Facebook Live video with CoverGirl, going over all the beauty trends that graced the runway. She talked about glitter lips, highlighted skin and groomed brows, but what really stood out to me was when she talked about the skin at the Hugo Boss show.


Anyone who suffers from excess oil knows the daily struggle of keeping your skin fresh, your T-zone matte and your foundation cake-free throughout the day. My skin is turbo greasy, so I’m always testing out the latest primers, foundations, powders, etc., that will help curb my out-of-control sebum and hide my expanding pores. So when McGrath spoke about the Hugo Boss skin that looked “alive and naturally perfected,” my ears perked up. She offered one big tip for how to get your foundation to look more natural and how to get coverage while letting your skin shine through. It’s as easy as blotting your foundation down with a tissue before applying your powder.


Yup, you read that right. Just simply take a tissue and gently blot down on your foundation once you’ve applied it. I’m finding it’s especially important to do this through your T-zone to help absorb any excess oil from your formula. Then just lightly dust on your setting powder and your skin is good to go. I know it seems trivial, but I promise you it makes a big difference with minimizing cakiness, controlling oil and just giving your skin an all around more natural look.

So next time you’ve buffed on your fave formula of foundation, I encourage you to do a little blot. You won’t regret it!