Mastering the art of flawless makeup requires skill and plenty of practice. But one technique may give you a shortcut to achieving flawless makeup: the white base under foundation hack.
The trend involves painting the face completely white before putting on foundation, creating a flawless canvas for your makeup.
The white makeup base hack is supposed to make your skin look completely smooth and give you an instant "filter" effect. Makeup lovers on TikTok and Instagram who have tried this trend said their foundation looked smoother as a result.
Although you may look like a ghost in the beginning, once the foundation and the rest of the makeup are on, the skin will have a blurred complexion.
How to do the white makeup base hack
For makeup enthusiasts eager to try this trend, the process is simple. Acquiring a white base is the first step. Brands such as MAC, Danessa Myricks Beauty, and Manic Panic offer affordable options.
Armed with the white base, use a blending brush to apply it all over your face, covering areas that will be covered by foundation. For the next step, use a makeup sponge or foundation brush to apply your foundation, covering up the white base.
Initially, your skin may look odd, but once you have on a full face of makeup, you may notice the promised "filter" effect.
Beauty influencers who have tried the white makeup base hack recommend using a foundation shade that's a little darker than what you usually use for this technique.
Pros and cons of the white makeup base hack
As with any makeup trend, the white makeup base hack has its share of pros and cons and varies in effectiveness for different individuals.
One notable advantage is that some women with darker complexions enjoyed positive results from the technique. The use of a white base may deter those with tan or dark complexions, but the hack appears to work for everyone.
Another benefit is that the white makeup base can give you a smooth, blurred complexion so your skin looks flawless.
Despite its supposed filter effect, makeup lovers with acne-prone skin may not experience full coverage, but this depends on the white base you apply.
Another thing to keep in mind is that some users have said they noticed graying in certain spots after finishing the look. To prevent this from happening, you can always go over those gray spots with another layer of foundation or concealer.
Just like most makeup trends, it's all about testing it out yourself and seeing what works for you.