Before diving fully into Fine’s favorite fall makeup looks, he first wants to make sure your base is on-point. “I know that a lot of people are used to hearing the terms contouring, highlighting, and concealing, but I don’t think that always speaks to the consumer’s needs,” he says. “You first have to decide if you prefer things like a cream-to-powder [foundation], stick foundation, or liquid one.”
He also recognizes that not everyone may have a professional on hand to shade match or give advice on what particular product to use for your skin type. That’s when you become your own professional. “Read the fine print, understand how the products are being marketed, and what finish it’s going to provide. One of my favorites is stick foundation,” Fine adds.
What does Fine always carry in his kit, no matter what? Fashion Fair’s Crème to Powder Skin Foundation ($37) and SkinFlex Stick Foundation ($37). They were his go-to products for the Met Gala, Emmys, and Venice Film Festival this year. “I love sticks because they give me the opportunity to do [quick] spot coverage,” he shares. He’s even given a stick to Cynthia Erivo for its ease of use. These base products truly give people of color the coverage they need as the shade nuances and pigmentation level is just right, according to Fine. Switching between darker and lighter shades is also something he does often, so don’t be afraid to mix, folks. This will create a flawless base for the rest of your look and is the exact way Fine gets every red carpet look started.