Quick and Easy Makeup Tutorial for Textured Skin

Smitha Deepak
by Smitha Deepak
21 Materials
20 Minutes

If you have extremely textured skin, like me, let me show you how to make your complexion look smooth and filtered with a soft glam look.

Follow along with this quick tutorial showing makeup for textured skin.

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Tools and materials:

  • Resurfacing facial pads
  • Gel moisturizer
  • Primer
  • Medium coverage foundation
  • Beauty blender
  • Peach color corrector
  • Concealer
  • Assorted makeup brushes
  • Crayon bronzer
  • Liquid blush
  • Translucent powder
  • Setting spray
  • Microtip brow pencil
  • Brown eyeshadow palette
  • Eyeliner
  • Eyelash curler
  • Mascara
  • False lashes kit
  • Tweezers
  • Matte lipstick
  • Lip gloss
Exfoliating skin

1. Gently exfoliate

Use mild resurfacing facial pads in circular motions to gently exfoliate your skin.

This lifts the dead skin cells sitting on your skin and supports your skin’s natural cell turnover for a radiant complexion.

Over time, you should see that any wrinkles, dullness and fine lines fade away.

2. Moisturize your face 

Apply a gel moisturizer with niacinamide to lock in moisture.

It’s important to heavily moisturize your skin because often we don’t realize that skin texture can be caused by dryness. 

Moisturizing face

3. Apply primer

Apply a smoothing primer to your face before applying any makeup. This works by filling in pores and blurring fine lines.

Focus first on areas with fine lines and visible pores and gently massage it before applying it to other areas of your face.

Applying primer

4. Apply foundation

For textured skin, choose a medium coverage foundation.

Apply it to your face and neck as usual and build it up only in problematic areas of your skin.

Spot blend with a beauty blender. I avoid the under eye area, leaving that for concealer.

Applying foundation

5. Mask pigmentation under the eyes

Mix a small amount of peach color corrector with concealer on the back of your hand and apply it with a brush under your eyes, as needed.

Blending the 2 products avoids the area from appearing cakey.

Concealing under eyes

6. Contour

Apply a bronzer or similar product to your cheekbones, around your hairline, and along the jawline. Then blend it with a brush. 


Contour your nose by applying a dot at the bottom at either side and blending it upward with your finger.


7. Apply blush

Apply liquid blush to the back of your hand and pick it up with a brush.

When you have textured skin, liquid and cream products are your best friends!

Applying blush

If the blush is highly pigmented, like mine, apply minimally to your cheekbones in an upward motion.

Applying blush

8. Set your makeup in 2 ways

Apply translucent powder to a brush and dust off the excess.

Dab this only in areas of your face where you think the makeup tends to move (from sweat) or crease.

This way you avoid unnecessarily drying out the entire face. 

Setting makeup

Then set the rest of your face by applying setting spray to your beauty blender and gently pressing it all over your face.

This simultaneously absorbs excess product while locking in the makeup. 

Setting makeup

9. Fill in your brows

Use a brow pencil with a fine tip to fill in sparse areas of your brows in hair-like strokes.

Filling in brows

Then apply a bit of concealer to a small brush to clean up under the brows and on the eyelid to prep for eyeshadow.

Applying eyeshadow

10. Apply eyeshadow

For the base, softly blend a medium brown eyeshadow at the crease, pushing it outward and upward to elongate your eyes. 

Applying eyeshadow

Deepen the outer corner with a darker shade of brown eyeshadow.

Applying eyeshadow

Apply an ivory shade with a flat, shading brush to create a soft, cut crease. 

Applying eyeshadow

On your lower lash line, start by smoking out that lighter brown eyeshadow using a small, flat, fluffy brush.

Applying eyeshadow

Then use a small smudging brush with the darker brown to deepen the lower lash line, from the outer to inner corners.

Applying eyeshadow

11. Apply eyeliner

Tightline with an eyeliner pencil.

Lining eyes

11. Treat your lashes

Use an eyelash curler to lift your lashes.

Curling lashes

Apply mascara.

Adding mascara

For some extra glam, apply false lashes. Although this step is optional!

Adding false lashes

This is the completed eye makeup look, which I so often go for because it’s subtle, classy and elegant.

Glam eye makeup

12. Lips

Line your lips with an eyebrow pencil for a more natural look.

Using this instead of lip liner helps prevent the product from bleeding at the edges.

Lining lips

Then apply a matte lipstick.

Applying matte lipstick

Then add a layer of gloss on top.

Applying matte lipstick

Clean up the edges with a bit of concealer.

Cleaning up lips

Here’s the completed soft glam look for textured skin:

Soft glam look for textured skin

Soft glam look for textured skin

I hope this tutorial taught you a lot of great tips for makeup on textured skin. If so, leave a comment!

Next, check out this foundation hack to learn why people are freezing beauty blenders.

Suggested materials:
  • Resurfacing facial pads
  • Gel moisturizer
  • Primer
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