The Art of Faking Flawlessness

“Fake it ’til you make it.”

Up at 4am doing my makeup

Who said that? Was it Mark Twain? Ben Franklin? Socrates? Either way, have wiser words ever been spoken? This week I had to fake flawlessness for work, because after an allergic reaction I was a giant, blotchy mess.

I wouldn’t say I have horrible skin. I have the occasional zit, and the standard wrinkles beginning to creep up, but ever since we moved to Seattle, I’ve had constant issues with allergies. Between allergies and general stress, this is what I’m working with right now. It’s not pretty.


The sweetest thing is every so often when people ask how I look so “flawless” at work. Clearly I am far from it. When you see a picture like this, you can see it takes a bit of work, some days more than others. The trick lies in a few makeup tips and some good lighting.

I’ve had a few friends ask me for makeup tips, but this always worries me for several reasons. First, I’m not a professional makeup artist. I’ve learned what works for me and my skin, but I’ve tried to do friends, and it kind of falls flat. Second, doing makeup for TV is a completely different beast. On TV, less isn’t more. More is more. You kind of have to pile it on, because the lights are so bright that we look washed out if it isn’t a bit heavy.

So that’s my disclaimer. I may not actually know what I’m talking about. I figure I will share what has worked for me along the way, and perhaps it will work for you, on a smaller scale, of course. I don’t expect you to wear an inch and a half of makeup just to go to the grocery store.

Back to my allergy disaster. I’ve been covering up this nonsense all week, and I don’t know what I would do without my trusty essentials:

My Holy Grail
  1. Makeup Forever Matte Velvet Foundation in No. 40, Natural Beige: I have yet to find a foundation I love more than Mat Velvet. I’ve tried, and I just can’t. The coverage is spectacular, the finish is a natural matte texture that looks great in all kinds of light, and if your skin tends to run a little greasy like mine, you won’t worry as much about looking like an oil slick by noon.


2. Sephora Multi-tasker Brush No. 45: I’ve floated between this brush and The Beauty Blender for a while, but I always come back to this. It’s great for stippling on foundation, applying powder and it truly lives up to its “multi-tasker” name. I even have a tiny one for under my eyes.


3. Makeup Forever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder in 113, Neutral Porcelain: I love a good powder that will have a nice HD finish and LAST. We are on TV for 5 hours a day, so I need this stuff to stick around.

As you can see, I’m a big fan of Makeup Forever. Yes, it’s a bit pricey, but in my experience, I get the result that I pay for, and all of this stuff lasts me a while. Plus, I do love going to Sephora and having someone match your skin with your foundation. I’ve never had much luck standing in a drug store and trying to do it myself.

I forgot to mention, I also cannot live without Benefit Erase Paste for my under eye circles, but I will save that for another day. Yes, under eye circles are so important they deserve their own post.

Between the foundation, the brush and the powder, these are, in my opinion, a great start to faking a flawless TV face, no matter what allergy issue or zit I have. I prefer to begin by squeezing about a pea size amount of foundation on the back of my hand like a painting palette, and then use the multi-tasking brush to lightly stipple the foundation all over my face. That way, you control how much foundation goes on your face, and can add more if needed. I love the Makeup Forever foundation because I’m constantly amazed at how fool-proof it is while also creating a lovely airbrushed texture.

And in the words of my wonderful mother when she first taught me to do makeup: “blend, Blend, BLEND!”

I will even use the multi-tasker brush for the powder on my face as well. It really has so many uses. So here is the after:


Thanks to my trusty essentials, you probably couldn’t tell your morning anchor was having an allergy attack!

Like I said, it’s always hard for me to give makeup “advice” because more really is better on TV. I don’t usually walk around town with this much product on. But if you are looking for some great product, I swear by these. I also will wear them with a much lighter application for a special event or date night out.


So there you go. Fake it ’til you make it. Or at least until your blotchy red skin goes away!

Let me know what products you can’t live without. I would love to hear from you in the comments.


7 thoughts on “The Art of Faking Flawlessness

  1. Love this post, you’re gorgeous! Keep in touch!

    Would love to hear from you on my latest post <3,


  2. Love this and the sleep post. I left a comment on your Facebook post about babies and sleep, so your blog today was fitting! I’m very impressed at the flawless look … I guess I’m a bit lazy, because I do tinted moisturiser, L’Oréal Tubes mascara (because the come off with warm water only) and some kind of eyebrow gel and a smattering of lipstick. I always find that actual foundation just settles in and looks pasty on me … SO ..
    . I’m going to pop into Sephora next time I’m considering foundation to see what they recommend … may be worth it for our date nights. 😉 Looking forward to your future posts! 👍


  3. You look great! Good luck with the allergies and everything, hope they go away soon 🙂
    I feel you, because as soon as it gets sunnier, my skin starts reacting like crazy, regardless of SPF and me keeping in shade as much as possible. And living in Croatia, sunny season lasts from late April until late September… So I feel your pain.


  4. I really like your blog. Enjoy watching you on TV almost every morning, and I have to say you do look flawless on air. Thanks for letting us in on your secret. I was wondering if you have tried Kryolan brand makeup? Made in Germany. It’s used for theater and stage makeup, lasts a long time and does not melt under studio lights. Highly recommend it. I do have one more question, what brand lashes do you buy or are those extensions? Thanks Liz, keep the blog going!


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