How to learn the Underpainting makeup technique

If you thought that sculpted, lit-up lighting was reserved only for Hollywood professionals, think again. Thanks to TikTok, Hollywood secrets are getting more secret than ever. Words and phrases? A series of paintings that exploded on the platform when users discovered that the famous MUA Mary Phillips was using it with stars such as Hailey Bieber and Kendall Jenner. Now, add a hashtag #MaryPhillipsTechnique has 12.6 million views and counting, and underpainting is poised to be the big makeup trend of spring.

Whether you’re looking to step up your no-makeup makeup game, contour your cheekbones and lips seamlessly, or cut down on the products you use, underlining can help. With this method, you are guaranteed to have new glam all spring long. Keep scrolling to learn more.

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Color refers to the contouring process and product (ie, contour, concealer, highlighter, blush) under the foundation. And although this technique is not new, many pro MUAs have put their own spin on it over the years. And Mary Phillips series, you first apply contour, concealer, and highlighter, then follow with a light foundation on top. Finally: a flawless, sculpted, airy look that no makeup and glam girls can understand.

How to learn the drawing process below

1. Prepare the skin

It’s no secret that underneath all the flawless makeup is good skin preparation. By putting things underneath, making the skin look better is key; this is especially important because you use less product in this process and enhance and strengthen the skin. In addition, the better the preparation, the better your product will be. Phillips is a proponent of using serums, moisturizers, and make gua sha to fix the skin.


Holy water! Triple Bounce Serum

Not only is this serum cheap AF, it’s also great for oily, combination, dry skin types, and can be used alone or in tandem with your favorite moisturizer.

Bobbi Brown

Face Base Priming Moisturizer

If you’re in the market for a splurge purchase, this 2-in-1 moisturizer/primer is the way to go. Designed to nourish, plump, hydrate and prepare the skin for makeup, you’ll really get your money’s worth.


Vaseline petroleum jelly

Calling all dry skin girls. Mix a little of this with your favorite moisturizer as you shower, hide dry patches, and create your makeup primer that will last all day and night.


Gua Sha

Use this when applying your skin care products and before makeup application to contour and contour your cheekbones and color in makeup.

2. Apply your contour

Once the skin is prepared, it’s time to lay the contour. Although Phillips focuses on the cheekbones, the corners of the eyes and up to the temples, around the hairline, chin, and nose, keep in mind that everyone’s face is different; what works best will vary from person to person, so don’t be afraid to play around and experiment! Also, cream and liquid products work best for this process. If you’re not using a plant system, make sure you have enough grass for the right application. Likewise, you will also need a brush for blending.

Beauty is rare

An Effortless Bronzer Sheet

If you want your makeup application to be as simple as possible, the stick method is the way to go. Available in 8 shades, Rare Beauty’s Effortless Bronzer Stick melts into the skin and has a buildable formula that makes painting under the sun a breeze.

Milan Beauty

Perfect Conceal & Contour Liquid

This affordable liquid formula comes with a built-in sponge for precise and seamless application. For only $11, you can’t go wrong.

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Multi-use Sculpting Palette

This all in one palette has three shades for contouring and three shades for hiding the shine, so you can easily mix and match to create custom shades worthy of your skin tone.


Blend & Buff Makeup Brush Kit

A brush kit that comes with 3 compact brushes of various sizes that are perfect for applying, blending, and contour buffing? Yes, please.

3. Hide and reveal

Next, apply concealer anywhere you want to brighten up. This is usually under the eyes, on the cheekbones, the bottom of the bridge of the nose, the part of the nose, in the middle of the forehead, chin, around the mouth, etc. Your eyeshadow should be 1-2 shades lighter than your skin tone to create a brighter effect. Similarly, cream or liquid works best for this, and it can be mixed using a warm sponge or concealer brush.


Radiant Creamy Concealer

There’s a reason this concealer has a cult following. The liquid formula uses a bright, shimmery light that doesn’t fall into fine lines, provides coverage and all-day wear, and has a plethora of shades to choose from.

Cosmetic value

A full coverage cream

This mask makes the cream perfect for a woman on the go, since it can be easily applied with your fingers and mixed with a brush or sponge.

Fenty Beauty

180 brush concealer

This soft brush works flawlessly for applying and blending all concealer formulas, which is nothing to avoid.

Beautiful beauty

Original Beauty Blend

The OG of all makeup sponges, the Original Beautyblender is super soft and made with a latex-free formula to help you blend beauty products safely.

4. Enter the settings

This step should be done using a large, coarse brush with a heavy or medium coverage base. Just enter the foundation, and apply it using an up, down motion to blend. This is especially important to do around your contour; You don’t want to mix the colors and accidentally create a dark shade.


VITALUMIÈRE AQUA complements the sun screen

Allow us to introduce you to Phillips’ go-to foundation. Celebrity MUA’s swear by this one for its lightweight formula and glowing, dewy, skin-like texture. Available in 17 shades.


Super-Blendable Foundation

For a flawless finish, reach for L’Oréal’s True Match Super Blendable Foundation. With 47 colors to choose from, you’re sure to find your perfect match.


Perfect skin color

Have the ultimate supermodel sheer-glam moment with Glossier’s Perfecting Skin Tint. A dewy, wet formula will help you blend everything in seamlessly, so you can come out in style.

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Grass foundation

Thanks to Sephora’s Makeup Match Foundation Brush, flawless foundation application is easier than ever. Tap or tap into the product, then apply it using an upward, extending tool.

5. Finish with drying and powder

To tie the process together, Phillips uses a blush and a veil of setting powder to set the makeup in place (although you can also use a loose powder rather than a bronzer) . This should be done with a large powder brush to create a soft, airy finish that looks great IRL and on camera.

Westman Atelier

Cheeky Lips + Cheek Cream

Another product with the Phillips seal of approval, the Westman Atelier blush sticks add the perfect color to any makeup look, and can be applied with your fingers or your favorite brush.


Transforming Skin Perfector

This 3-in-1 powder works to flawlessly brighten, brighten, and give skin a radiant glow. Available in 5 colors.


Especially the grass

Elf’s Precision Powder Brush is exactly what you need for applying powder in a creased pattern with light, even coverage. Designed with ergonomic handles and tightly wrapped, large bristles, you can confidently apply your makeup for only $12.

Laura Mercier

Translucent loose foundation powder

Arguably the holy grail of all loose setting powders, Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder goes on and holds makeup in place for 24 hours. Available in 3 colors.

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