Chloe Morello’s “paint by numbers” beauty breakdown

This makeup application trick is genius. Here’s how to do it…
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Chloe Morello has been teaching us all how to apply makeup since she was in high school. The Aussie beauty influencer has seen us through our obsession with bronzer, held our hands through the contouring process, and even created a few eyeshadow palettes in her spare time.

WATCH: Chloe Morello’s ‘paint by numbers’ makeup technique

But now, Morello’s on the warpath. Her target?

“I’m sick of cakey makeup looks,” she explained to her TikTok followers.

But because she’s already found the solution; a “paint by numbers” technique that starts off in dots and blends to leave her base lightweight and fresh.

“This is technically a single layer of makeup, even though I’m wearing five different products,” Morello assured her fans in the video.

“My typical makeup technique would end up with me having five or six layers on and it just doesn’t look natural,” she confessed. “So, with this technique I can wear everything, it looks so natural, and it stays all night.”

Chloe is a trusted Aussie beauty influencer. (Credit: Instagram/TikTok)

How to apply cream products

According to Morello, we need to stop layering our base products and get crafty with product placement instead.

“All at once, apply your cream products just like this,” she said as she showed off a face full of makeup dots.

“Do it at home by putting pops of blush on your cheeks, bronzer spotted onto the temples, dots of concealer curved under the eye and contour under the cheekbones and nose. As for foundation, place it on the remaining sections of your face that haven’t already been colour coded with another product.”

Check out our suggestions below:

(Credit: Charlotte Tilbury)

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter Foundation, $44, from Sephora

(Credit: Mecca Max)

Mecca Max Off Duty Contour Cream Stick, $18, from MECCA

(Credit: Revlon)

Revlon PhotoReady Candid Antioxidant Concealer, $10, from Chemist Warehouse

(Credit: Revlon)

Revlon Super Lustrous The Luscious Mattes Lipstick in Untold Stories, $14.99, from Chemist Warehouse

How to use a setting mist

The product Morello swears by for that natural no-makeup makeup finish?

“A setting mist,” she declared to fans.

“This stops the product from drying out so you can blend it. But it also infuses the makeup with the setting power of your setting spray.”

For those new to this step, it’s worth it to get a bit of extra wear time out of all those creamy base products.

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Rare Beauty Always An Optimist 4-in-1 Mist, $42, from Sephora

How to start blending

From here, Morello uses a flat foundation brush to buff the products in.

“I’m going to start with the concealer because that’s the lightest colour,” the beauty guru explains in her tutorial. Insisting that “it’s really easy to blend because it’s nice and wet from the setting spray”, she does recommend blending your products from light to dark, most likely to prevent the result from becoming muddy.

“I started with concealer, moving onto foundation, then the blush, then bronzer and contour,” Morello explains.

“Along the way, feel free to mist your face as you go to re-dampen everything.”

(Credit: Sephora)

Nudestix Blend + Buff Brush, $40, from Sephora

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