Base Make-up Essentials

What’s common between the make-up and no make-up look? Well, frankly speaking, the base. The base is literally the basis for all kinds of make-up looks. As an amateur one is quite likely to skip the base altogether and jump directly to the specifics of the eyes and lips. But the fact is that a good base is rather useful in taking make-up to the next level of professionally done touch-ups.

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But if you are confused about what to use when and where here is a guide to the perfect base:

Moisturise
Moisturising the skin is the most important and often neglected step of doing the base. A moisturiser nourishes and preps up the skin for make-up.

Primer
The moisturiser should be followed by a primer. The primer fills in the pores, lines, and creases of the skin to achieve a smooth surface for the application of makeup and eventually creates a flawless look.

Concealer
The next step is to use a concealer. A concealer does exactly what its name suggests. It conceals – dark spots, dark circles, acne scars, etc. Ideally, it’s best to have two concealers – one matching your skin tone to hide the blemishes and one lighter to highlight certain areas.

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Foundation
Although some people do this step before the concealer, we like to do it after it. However, it’s your call! The foundation helps provide full coverage to the face and neck. It can be applied with bare fingers, a sponge, or a brush. To find the right foundation for yourself, it’s imperative to know your skin type and undertone.

Blush
The blush brings a nice flush to the skin. Blush should be applied directly to the apples of the cheek. Some also add it to the tip of the nose. Blush helps ensure a natural glow to the skin.

Foundation Powder
To achieve a flawless base, it may be useful to dab some powder. The foundation powder should be dusted across the face with a big brush in long upward strokes. Don’t put too much else it will look cakey.

You have finally achieved the perfect base. After this comes the eyes, lips, contour, etc. But don’t forget to set it all with a setting spray. This will help to prevent your makeup from getting washed away by sweat.

(Contributed by Deblina Munshi)

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