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There's always a new viral technique going around social media, and one of the ones we've been seeing for a while now is underpainting.

The hashtag "underpainting" has over 39.8 million views on TikTok. But although it's currently trending, makeup artists have used underpainting for decades, and chances are, one of the beauty looks you've been lusting over was probably done by using this technique.

Although it sounds intimidating, it's a lot easier than you would think. Let us be your guide on how to master the look. 

What is underpainting? 

We promise it is a lot less complicated than it sounds. Underpainting involves putting on your cream blush, contour, and highlighter prior to applying your foundation. This technique relies on your blending skills, and it also uses less product.

Why do people love it? 

It is a well-loved technique online and offline because it gives your skin a seamless finish, so your face isn't too shadowy and free from lines (we're talking about contour lines here). It also gives the wearer a natural no-makeup look, making it ideal for red carpets and every day. 

How do I underpaint? 

Every great beauty look starts with skin prep, so make sure your skin is hydrated. Don't forget your SPF. 

The next step is to add your concealer and blend. If it looks ridiculous, don't worry -- everything will be fixed once you finish this look. 

Add your cream contour and highlighter and blend slightly. Don't worry if you put too much; your foundation will help blend everything out. 

Add your cream blush and blend a bit. 

Finish off your look with a foundation. L'Oreal Paris recommends using a lightweight foundation rather than a full-coverage one because it will hide all your hard work. Make sure that when your foundation is applied, it is with a light hand so you can see the contour, blush, and highlighter underneath. 

You can finish your look here or layer this look with powder products and finish off your makeup routine.