I know that base makeup can be a little daunting sometimes as there are quite a few steps and for makeup beginners, the myriad of products in the market can be quite overwhelming. Base makeup, as the name suggests, focuses on the skin and aims to perfect the complexion. To perfect the skin, there are usually five steps to it and they are skincare, primer, foundation, concealer and powder.
Which product(s) to use?
Due to the variety of products out there, I know it can be slightly intimidating. There are creams, liquids and powder-based products to choose from and what would ultimately work best for you would mostly depend on your skin type as well as personal preference. For example, I quite enjoy powder foundations as I have an oily skin type and powder foundations work well in buffing onto the skin and absorbing any excess serum.
On the other hand, powder foundations may not work so well for people with drier skin types as the powder can cling onto dry patches and make blending difficult. Another example is that I tend to gravitate towards cream bronzers and blushes as they are more natural and easier to apply, but I have to take into consideration that the hot weather can cause them to fade and slip on the skin much faster and easier.
There is no right or wrong way to do it, as everything ultimately depends if you like the finished look and if it makes you feel good. I played around a lot over the past few years, experimenting with different products and types, and even then, I can say that my personal preferences change as my lifestyle evolves. Regardless, a guide can help in giving you a reference, so you have a baseline when you experiment.
Do not forget to prep the skin beforehand!
Many people neglect skincare before makeup, but skincare is really important! It helps hydrate the skin, plump it up slightly and prepare it for all the makeup products that you will be applying on top of it. Even a little drop of moisturiser can make a difference. This is especially for the under eye area; make sure it is well hydrated or the under eye concealer will cling badly to the fine lines (trust me, I’ve been there).
I made a skillshare class focusing on the different steps and what role each step plays, as well as the different kinds of products available and what are some of the differences.
If you’re interested in Skillshare, you can sign up here and you can get 2 months free of Premium! This allows you to access all the premium classes available, which is great. I am currently learning watercoloring and French via Skillshare and I do think that it is a valuable tool.
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