Getting the perfect look with your makeup isn’t just about applying it expertly. Although knowing some expert makeup techniques will help you to look amazing, you need to focus on preparing the perfect base first. If you don’t have the perfect base for your makeup to be applied onto, it won’t look nearly as good as it could. Here’s what you need to know about creating the perfect base:

Taking Care of Your Skin Regularly

You can’t just take care of your skin sporadically and hope for the best. You need to get into a good routine, taking care of your skin everyday whether you plan on wearing makeup that day or not. The longer you do this, the better your skin will look, and the better your makeup will look. Simple!

Your Skincare Routine

Your skincare routine should be suited to your skin type. If you’re unsure of what your skin type is, then get a magnifying mirror and settle down. Do you seem to have open pores, with oily patches? This means you have oily skin. Do you have dry patches and flakiness? You have dry skin. If you have a mixture, then you have combination skin. Lines and wrinkles indicate mature skin. It’s also possible to have skin in the ‘normal’ category, but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t care for it. When you know what your skin type is, you can then choose products suited to it. Using the right products is so important, as you don’t want to make your skin worse by using something unsuitable. When I hit my 20s I got paranoid about aging, so I bought some stuff for mature skin. However, this was too rich for my skin and it ended up giving me lots of spots. Now I know to only use products that realistically suit my skin type.

Your skincare routine should consist of a twice daily cleanse, tone, and moisturize. It’s always better if your moisturizer contains an SPF, as this will protect your skin from the UV rays of the sun. When cleansing, make sure your skin is completely clean. This can mean you need to do a double cleanse sometimes, especially if you work in a dirty environment. Make sure you leave time for your toner to sink in before applying a small amount of moisturizer and allowing that to sink in. If you don’t give the products time to work one by one, your skin won’t benefit.

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Apply a Primer

To make sure your skin looks its best when applying your makeup, you need to apply a primer. The right primer for your skin type will instantly reduce the look of imperfections and make your skin look flawless. You only need a very small amount, but make sure you smooth over the surface of your face evenly. I suggest reading a few reviews on sites like makeup alley to get an idea of what will be good for your skin.

Spots and Dark Circles

Spots and dark circles can instantly ruin your base if you don’t treat them properly. If you have these, you’ll want to tend to them first in your skincare routine. You can apply tea tree oil to your spots, and something for under your eyes. Some studies suggest Haloxyl can help reduce under eye puffiness, but you’ll need to test it to see if it works on you. When applying your makeup, color corrector concealer can work wonders. Green concealer combats red, so it’s perfect for dabbing over red spots. Yellow is good for under the eyes, and there are other colors for other problems. When you’ve applied that, you can then begin to apply your regular foundation as described below.

Applying Foundation

Applying your foundation carefully is the key to looking flawlessly natural. I like to use a sponge or a brush to get the perfect finish. I always do it in natural light too, as this is the most accurate way to see how it will look when you leave the house. As you applied color corrector concealer before your foundation, you should find that your imperfections are much less noticeable. That being said, you can still apply regular concealer afterwards if you feel you need it, just to finish off.

Some people enjoy setting their foundation with a powder foundation afterwards, but this can be a little bit heavy to some. It depends on your skin type really, but there’s no harm in trying. The goal is to make your skin look flawless, not cakey, so remember that when applying the powder.

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Contouring/Bronzer

So many people have started contouring in the past few years. I love contouring because you can change the shape of your face ever so slightly, making your cheekbones appear more pronounced and even your nose smaller. The goal is still to look natural though, so blending is your best friend. Bronzer should be applied lightly over the areas where the sun naturally hits your face, like your chin and forehead. Different techniques work for different face shapes, so you might like to watch a tutorial created for your own shape.

By now, you should have the perfect base. It’s time to apply the rest of your makeup! If you’re going for a nice, natural look, all you’ll really need is a slick of mascara and some lipgloss. You may also want to fill in your brows with a powder if they’re sparse. If you’re trying to achieve a special occasion look, experiment with a bold lip color or eye shadow. I won’t go to a special event without some long eyelashes, so I always have a glue on pair to hand. Bonus tip: leave your eyelash glue to dry for a good 10 seconds before trying to apply your lashes. Go from the inside outwards and then keep your eyes closed for a few seconds while the glue sets to your eyelash. It takes practice, but it works!

Are you ready to look flawless? Let me know what you think in the comments!

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