Happy Saturday loves! I talked about how to choose the right foundation for your skin type a few blog posts ago. So today, I thought I’d share with you how I create a flawless base in just a handful of steps.
A flawless base starts at skincare! The key is to really prep the skin. Taking care of your skin by exfoliating and hydrating your skin properly will give you the most flawless look. It also helps in keeping your skin hydrated and keeps dullness away.
Exfoliating once a week helps, I use the LUSH Cup O’ Coffee for exfoliating my skin and then soothe of with the Herbivore toner and then put face oil and moisturizer. When choosing the right moisturizer, choose something that actually goes with your skin type; that is so important. It’s very important to choose a moisturizer that will nourish the skin and be easily absorbed so that your makeup sets properly. I’m currently using the FRESH Beauty Rose Hydration Cream. Makeup stays and appears so much better in a moisturized and hydrated skin.
Priming the skin is such an important step in prepping your face for a flawless base. I love how primers can literally change how makeup sets on your face and how it can look so smooth and flawless. The Too Faced Hangover Primer is one of my favourite primers. I also like using the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer and the Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Primer. Primers create a lovely base for the foundation to sit on leaving the skin very smooth and soft, minimizing those pores and creating that perfect canvas for foundation.
Choosing the right foundation for your skin type and getting the right amount of foundation is what you want to look for. You can read my post on choosing the right foundation for your skin type. As for the amount of foundation, some foundations need to be applied in layers, building up the coverage as you go, whereas other foundations can be instantly cakey looking if you apply too much product and you try to blend it in any way. Putting too much foundation definitely makes it cakey. Finding the right amount of foundation to apply is one of my top tips that has really transformed my base. My favourite foundation at the moment is the Huda Beauty Faux Filter foundation in the shade Tres Leches 320G and it’s full coverage. I always like full coverage and if you put too much on, it starts looking cakey. I always start off with a small amount and then build up to ensure the perfect coverage I want.
CONCEALER AND POWDER
Using a concealer 2-3 shades lighter than your skin tone is the perfect concealer for you. Too Faced Born This Way concealer is amazing for under the eyes and also for spot concealing, and I love using it. It has amazing coverage and is long lasting without drying up or being too heavy. I also like the Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer. It doesn’t crease or wear off. Sometimes, I just like blending the concealer using my ring finger and that blends it right in place; and ring finger because that finger applies the least amount of pressure.
As for powder, translucent powders are best for setting the foundation. I prefer using the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder and also the MAC Prep+ Powder. But if you have more of a oily skin, opt for compact powders. With translucent powders, less is more. Put some powder under the eyes and all the areas you want to highlight and wait for a few minutes for the powder to set. Then brush off the excess and you’ll be left with a matte, flawless base.
USING A SPONGE OR BRUSH?
Honestly, nothing gives me a more natural, flawless base than a Beauty Blender, but there are many other options on the market if you prefer a brush. The Beauty Blender is literally the perfect tool for blending and it transforms my face. I have to say I’ve never been a fan applying foundation with a brush. I use a brush for applying the foundation to my face, and then go in with the Beauty Blender and blend the foundation. The blender works amazingly when dampened, applies the product so smoothly and evenly leaving you with a flawless base.
SETTING THE BASE
To finish it off, I set my makeup using the Pretty Vulgar Lock It In Setting Spray or the MAC Prep+ Setting Spray. A spritz of the mist just stops your makeup looking heavy or powdery but also ensures it doesn’t move around. It has a very fine mist so you really can’t feel it either.
How do you create a flawless base?