The 'secret' foundation strategy the Kardashians use for flawless skin on HD camera

Keeping up with the coverage tips

Digital Beauty Editor / July 05 2021

Keeping Up with the Kardashians has officially wrapped up after 14 years and 20 seasons, and boy oh boy, did we learn a lot about the inner workings of the world's most famous family along the way. We've got two words for you: Todd Kraines.

One secret they didn't reveal throughout the run, however, was how on earth they all look that angelic in their interviews. The gang's glam game is of course immaculate at all times, but the bar goes through the roof when they get in front of the 'confession cam'.

Their skin looks as smooth as Scott Disick's infamous one-liners; honestly, we didn't think it was even possible to look that good on HD camera. It's literally designed to pick up and define every pore.

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As it turns out, there's a specific strategy that goes into getting them that way, and their glam teams do not come to play when it's talking head time.

Blessedly, Kardashian makeup insider Hrush Achemyan just spilled the secrets to said too-good-to-be-true foundation finish in an aptly-titled YouTube series called Hollywood Secrets with Hrush... pay close attention, you're going to want to remember this.


Basically, the reason their skin looks better than 'normal' is because 'normal' bases simply don't cut it for the cameras.

"One screen secret: A lot of people think that on-screen people use regular foundations like a Too Faced or a Revlon or Benefit or Chanel," Achemyan explained. "No. Professional makeup is used [because] we need to paint the face for the HD camera to catch it correctly."

Her favourite professional foundation palettes? These RCMA and Kryolan options. But remember: It’s not quite as simple as going “direct from pan to face”...

RCMA Makeup 5 Part Series Foundation Palette

Kryolan HD Micro Foundation Cream Palette

Achemyan actually mixes the foundation shades from the palettes with either La Mer's Moisturising Soft Cream, or M.A.C's Prep + Prime Essential Oil, dabbing her base-covered brush into a bit of the cream or oil on the back of her hand to create the ideal coverage cocktail.

La Mer The Moisturising Soft Cream

M.A.C Prep + Prime Essential Oil

The choice between oil and cream is yours, but your skin type will generally help you decide. "If you have dry skin, I suggest the essential oil, and if you have oily skin I suggest the La Mer, or a night cream," she advised.

The reasoning is rock solid, too. "[Adding the cream or oil] helps [the foundation] evenly disperse over your pores versus doing it with a dry brush [where] it is just going to look cakey. These [base and skin care blends] look impeccable on the face.”

Impeccable was exactly our goal. Hello, HD; our flawless faces are ready for you.

Image credits: Keeping up with the Kardashians/E! Entertainment

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