The perfect base is just as important as any beauty regimen you can find because “the base” defines how your contour, blush, eye shadow and etcetera will stay throughout the day and it will also reveal the ugly truths about some beauty products that aren’t so great(aka oilyness, transferring, creasing). We all have our own versions of bases because I am pretty sure not everybody enjoys a full face of make-up everyday or you are the kind of person who does not want to fuss around with different kinds of products. It’s all up to you! Here are just some tips on how I set my base whenever I go out in town(feel like I will be seen in public).
Items Shown in the photo: Neutrogena Hydro boost gel SPF30++, Neutrogena Fine fairness lotion SPF30++, Real Techniques Expert face brush and L’Oreal Le teint True Match super blendable liquid foundation SPF 17 Shade R2-Apricot Ivory
Step 1: Moisturizer or Sunblock
It is always vital to put on a moisturizer before applying any kind of foundation or BB cream onto your skin because it allows the foundation to cling on something–in a good way. This has also been proven to increase the longevity of your base. I tend to gravitate around the Neutrogena counter. Just because I know its a reliable brand and the products do justice to its kind of pricey pricetag.
On days that I feel I will be stuck in front of a computer all day, I gravitate towards the Neutrogena Hydro boost gel SPF30++ because the radiation from the computer screen can dry out your skin, hence, the HYDRO BOOST. I know the SPF 30++ looks intimidating but knowing my head stroke prone skin, SPF is a must!–even if I am stilling by a window.
But usually when I go to school, I use the Neutrogena Fine fairness lotion SPF30++ because it also doubles as a somewhat less obvious sunblock–which is always a good thing.
Items Shown in the photo: Neutrogena Hydro boost gel SPF30++ and Neutrogena Fine fairness lotion SPF30++
Step 2: Primers
Primers are also well known to increase the longevity of your makeup base. But the difference of this to your moisturizer or sunblock is that this is specifically for your T- Zone and eyelids.
Yeah I know, at first it sounded pretty stupid to add another product to this daily regimen of mine. But this actually makes a difference especially because the T-Zone is the first part of your complexion that becomes oily and shiny. Another product that some people use is and eye primer. I don’t use this product all the time but when I don’t use a cream base for my eye shadow, I think that an eye primer really helps prolong the powder shadow.
Items Shown in the photo: Maybelline New York Baby Skin Pore eraser( T-Zone) and Lorac Behind the scenes eye primer(Eyelids)
Step 3: Foundation
The first thing I would like to mention is that when buying a foundation, make sure its actually your shade. It shouldn’t be a totally different shade than what you currently are because I believe that your foundation should look like your skin. There are too mainly people out there who wear orange toned foundation to make them look tanned or they wear a foundation that is so pale/white that the color does not even match their skin– It’s horrible!
Items Shown in the photo: L’Oreal Le teint True Match super blendable liquid foundation SPF 17 Shade R2-Apricot Ivory
I find the best way to apply my foundation is when I use my damp beauty blender. I just run the sponge under running water and squeeze it a few times to allow the water to penetrate the sponge–its a compact sponge, okay.
Items Shown in the photo: L’Oreal Le teint True Match super blendable liquid foundation SPF 17 Shade R2-Apricot Ivory and a dupe beauty blender from PCX, Rockwell–because I need to save for the real beauty blender
Step 4: Concealer
I think every girl needs a concealer in their life. Its just up to you if you are willing to show your spots or eye bags–I know I know we should own your beauty but its really your call on this. I don’t apply concealer on my spots religiously–cause ain’t nobody got time for that! But I do apply concealer under my eyes because I have really dark under eyes. The Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind, I found, really does the trick on hiding them dark circles.
Items Shown in the photo: Maybelline New York Instant age rewind Shade Brightener/Illuminateur
I find the Real Techniques Setting brush is the best brush to set my concealer– aside from using the tips of your fingers. After I spread the concealer onto my complexion, I usually dab some powder onto the areas where I applied my concealer to add more lasting power to the concealer.
Items Shown in the photo: Maybelline New York Instant age rewind Shade Brightener/Illuminateur and Real Techniques Setting brush
Step 5: Powder
Lastly, the icing on the cake, the powder. Powdering my face has always been in my makeup routine ever since I could remember. The powder sets the wet-ish base that comes from your foundation. This seals EVERYTHING into place. I have been using the Shu Uemura Face powder for more than a year now–its bottomless! I especially like this because it is so light on the skin that I can hardly feel it on!
Items Shown in the photo: Shu Uemura Face powder sheer Shade Colorless
A big fluffy brush does the trick to fully seal the deal. The best way to apply is doing it in a dabbing motion–never in a wiping motion!
Items Shown in the photo: Shu Uemura Face powder sheer Shade Colorless and Real Techniques Powder brush
So lets not forget that the “BASE” is KEY! Especially in this Philippine summer heat!