Everybody loves to put on some makeup once a while. For some, it is a therapeutic process while for others it is all about making a statement. Applying makeup can, however, seem complicated, as everyone does so according to their skin type and liking. But, have you ever wondered if you’re actually applying makeup correctly and if it suits your face?
Don’t worry, you do not need a glam squad. Follow our step-by-step guide for achieving the flawless base for your makeup look that’s great on every face, every day.
Step 1: Wash your face
Ensure that your face is free of pollutants, and not greasy. Do not forget, your face is an empty canvas for the products you are going to use. Make sure you don’t dry out your face by washing too much; pop those blackheads and scrub well to ensure there’s no dead skin layer.
Step 2: Hydrate the skin
An important step to any good makeup routine is moisturisation. Hydration allows the makeup to sit smoothly and glide on your face. Prime it with a moisturiser. Lather your skin and massage enough to get the blood flowing in your face. Ensure that you choose a moisturiser with sunscreen in it to protect your skin. If you have a dry skin, choose a lightweight cream moisturiser, and if your skin is prone to acne, choose a moisture with salicylic acid in it.
Step 3: Add primer onto your skin
Primer is an important makeup base that is extremely underrated. A primer’s main job is to fill the open pores of your skin and smoothen it in preparation for foundation or concealer. To apply primer, dab a small amount onto your cheeks, the T-zone (forehead and the nose), and chin. Blend the primer into your skin using your fingertips or a foundation brush. Primers usually have a silicon finish and you need a tiny bit of it. The market also has a range of tinted primers that do a two-in-one job of smoothening your skin and colour-correcting the tone, if needed.
If you have dull skin, we recommend you use a light pink primer to give it a healthy glow. A green-tinted primer neutralises uneven redness or acne spots, and if you do not want your face to look sallow, use a lilac tinted primer to neutralise unhealthy tones.
Step 3: Hide dark circles
Start by using concealer on your under-eye area if you have dark circles. In case you need some heavy-duty coverage, begin with an orange concealer to colour correct. Next, go for a concealer that matches your skin tone. Ensure that it is of creamy formula. Apply in little stripes with a pointed concealer brush. You could also use your ring finger for the lightest touch. The warmth of your skin helps blend it well. Ensure that you don’t tug on delicate under-eye areas.
A little tip: In order to get the perfect blended coverage for your fine lines, use the point of your brush and always press the product into the skin, rather than rubbing or brushing it on. This way, the product will not crease in your fine lines.
Step 4: Apply a layer of foundation
Foundation evens out your skin tone and gives you a beautiful glow. Ensure you take the right amount of foundation to cover your face. Dot small amounts all over your face — your cheeks, forehead, chin, and the bridge of your nose. Don’t forget the neck! For light coverage, use your fingertips to blend the foundation towards the edges of your face. For a heavier coverage, use a damp beauty sponge or a buffing brush to blend the foundation into your skin. Make sure you use the right colour. You can get one by mixing two colours or go for a brand which has a wide range of shades. The right shade would be invisible on your chin and neck in full daylight.
Step 5: Apply translucent setting powder
This is the last step to achieving that perfect base. Prepare your face with a translucent setting powder. It is a clear powder that locks in foundation and soaks up any makeup product or excess oil that your skin may produce. Apply a thin layer of setting powder all over your face with a large fluffy makeup brush. If you have dry skin, we suggest setting your base near the eyes and chin so that the foundation doesn’t crease. Make sure to blend in the areas properly to avoid a ‘cakey’ buildup.
Step 6: Set it with a setting spray
This isn’t really an important step and is mainly done by makeup artists to hold on to the makeup. The purpose of using a makeup finishing spray is to prevent your makeup from smudging, creasing or fading. You could always spray some in between touch-ups, too. There are two kinds of makeup setting sprays: one that gives your makeup a matt finish and other that provides a satin finish.