You can be the worlds best blender, nations best at the perfect winged liner, or an expert in brows, but no matter how well done the rest of your make up is, if your base isn’t great it will let the whole look down.
We’ve all seen some atrocities when it comes to peoples foundation… The classic orange face not matching the neck/rest of the body… Patchy foundation… Shiny face… Foundation clinging to the dry bits… None of these looks are what they’re going for I’m sure, but unfortunately it happens. So I’ve put together some of my Top Tips for the perfect base to help avoid these mishaps in future.
- Make-up is there to enhance your features, it cannot correct skin textures or problems. Therefore the best start to the perfect base is to make sure your natural skin is in the best condition it can be. Whether you’ve got combination, dry or oily skin, everyone needs to be exfoliating and moisturising as a bare minimum. I myself have combination skin, and I will admit I used to be scared to moisturise as I was afraid it’d just create a horrible shine to my skin that wouldn’t look nice, but working with different products I’ve found the ones that suit my skin and work well for me – it’s all about trial and error. Exfoliating and moisturising is super important as you can correct a bit of shine, but foundation clinging to dry patches, or just not sitting well as your skin is dehydrated is surely not the look you’d like to go for.
- PRIME PRIME PRIME PRIME. I cannot stress this enough. Primer is one of the most important things to make your foundation glide on smoothly, sit evenly and flawlessly on your skin, and stay all day. If you find your favourite foundation going patchy throughout the day, and you aren’t ready to switch to a different one, try a primer! There are so many amazing ones out there to suit everyone’s budget, there’s no excuses ladies! You don’t have to stick to the same brand as your foundation, you just need to try a few and find that perfect one for you. If you’re finding your shine coming through by the end of the day, try a mattifying primer.
- Colour. Where do I start with colour. Getting the right colour foundation is incredibly important. Some ladies ask for a darker foundation when I’m doing their make up as they think it’ll help them look ‘glowing’. No no no. If you’re going for a natural look, your foundation always needs to match your skin tone. You can add colour with bronzer, glow with highlighter and a healthy finish with blusher, having your foundation 3 shades darker than your skin is not the way to achieve this. I personally have a few different shades in each of my foundations so I can customise the colour to match the tan I have at the time.. Although this may be a little time consuming/costly to some, I’d definitely recommend getting at least 2 if you’re a lover of the fake tan or sun, therefore no matter how tanned/pale you are, you can always suit your foundation correctly to your skin.
I really hope these tips have been useful to you, and to helping achieve that flawless, perfect base. If you’d like to know what products I’m currently loving then let me know! If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to get in touch.
May your base forever be flawless,