Everyone likes to put on makeup for special occasions. For some people, the process of putting on makeup is a relaxing process. However, makeup looks can be quite complicated because everyone uses makeup according to different skin types and personal preferences. But, have you ever wondered if your makeup is going to stay the entire day? With a wide variety of choices for skin care and beauty products available on the market, you don’t need a professional makeup artist to get a perfect and long lasting look. In this article, we’ll be helping you go through the process of getting the perfect makeup base.
- Wash your face thoroughly
Don’t forget that your face is a blank canvas for the product you are going to use. Make sure your face is free of pollutants and not greasy. Remember not to wash your face too roughly and gently dry your face; exfoliate those blackheads and carefully scrub them to make sure dead skin cells are removed.
- Keep your face well-hydrated
An important step in any good makeup procedure is moisturizing. Moisturizing allows makeup to be applied smoothly on the face. Apply moisturizer to your skin and massage it thoroughly to allow blood to flow on your face. Make sure you choose a moisturizer with sun protection to protect your skin. If you have dry skin, choose a lightweight moisturizer. If your skin is prone to acne breakouts, choose a moisturizer that contains salicylic acid.
- Use a primer
Primer is a very underrated step. Primer fills the pores of the skin and makes it smooth, preparing it for foundation or concealer. To apply the primer, dab small amounts on the cheeks, T-zone(forehead and nose), and chin. Use your fingertips or a foundation brush to blend the primer into the skin. Primer usually has a silicon finish, there are also tinted primers on the market, if needed, they can smooth your skin and adjust your skin tone in one step. If your skin is dull or pale-looking, you can use a light pink primer to get a healthy glow. The green primer can neutralize uneven redness or acne spots.
- Cover dark circles
If you have dark circles, apply concealer to the under-eye area first. If you need a lot of coverage, use orange concealer for color correction first. Next, choose a concealer that matches your skin tone. Make sure it is a cream formula. Use a pointed concealer brush to apply small stripes on specific areas. You can also use your ring finger for the lightest touch. Make sure not to pull the fragile area under the eyes as it might give a different effect when unstretched.
- Apply foundation
The foundation evens out your skin tone and gives you a radiant glow. Make sure to use the right amount of foundation to cover your face. Apply a small amount to cheeks, forehead, chin and bridge of nose, and the neck. For a lighter application, use your fingertips to blend the foundation toward the edges of the face. For heavier coverage, use a damp cosmetic sponge or polishing brush to blend the foundation into your skin. Make sure to use the correct shades. You can get the correct shade by mixing two colors together, or choose a brand with a shade that suits you.
- Cover with a translucent setting powder
This is the final step to achieve a perfect foundation. Set your base makeup with translucent styling powder. It is a transparent powder that locks in the foundation and absorbs any excess oil that may be produced by your skin. Use a large, fluffy makeup brush to apply a thin layer of makeup powder on your face. Make sure to mix these areas correctly to avoid “cake-like” buildup.
Bonus: Seal with a setting spray
This is an optional step for setting the base. There are two types of makeup setting sprays: one provides a matte finish to the makeup and the other has a satin finish. The purpose of using a setting spray is to prevent your makeup from staining, wrinkling or fading. You can also spray some between touch-ups.