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The perfect face requires the perfect base…

Creating a perfect base is the most important step in makeup. The effect should be great looking skin, not an obvious mask. Today’s makeup masterclass covers how to get the perfect base, choosing and matching a foundation exactly to your skin tone and the do’s and don’t’s of make up application…


Of course preparation is everything, the better you look after your skin, the better your makeup will look, or even better, the less makeup you will need! Cleanse and moisturise daily and exfoliate weekly to eliminate surface dead skin cells.

Even better still if you haven’t done so already then I urge you to book a Skinbase Microdermabrasion treatment at your nearest salon. A single 30 minute treatment will literally transform your skin from matte to silk and your make-up will simply glide on effortlessly.

When choosing a foundation there are two main rules:

1. Know your skin type: the right formula can cleverly make the condition of the skin look better.

There are as many types of foundation as there are skin care products. It makes sense really since we all have different skin and therefore different needs.(see previous blog for further guidelines)

2. Match the colour of the foundation exactly to your face. Never try to match on the back of the hand or wrist.

a.)Take a small amount of the foundation and apply a ‘stripe’ to cleansed skin on the mid to lower cheek.

b.) Gently press into the skin. If it disappears it is the right colour, if it looks a little grey or chalky, it’s too light. If it looks a little orange, it’s too dark. Sometimes you may need to test on several areas of the face if you are unsure.

TOP TIP: The neck is generally lighter than the face and the chest warmer again. Look at the colour of the face and chest for guidance in colour choice since if you match to the neck, the face may look too pale, this is very common error. Bronzer can be used on the neck to even out the colour.

Do’s and Don’t’s of makeup application:

1. Do test the colour in daylight if possible, since artificial lighting can be deceptive.

2. Dont apply a foundation that is dark enough to look like a suntan.

3. Dont try to make yellow toned skin look pinker by using a pink based foundation or vice versa.

4. Do apply foundation starting at the centre of your face since this is where most of us need a little extra help to smooth out any open pores or to reduce redness on the cheeks.

5. Do take your time, work section by section and lightly stroke with your fingertips or foundation brush, if you prefer, towards the hairline. Apply more foundation to areas that need more coverage, such as blemishes, Build the colour gradually .Blend, blend, blend, if applied correctly, it should simply disappear.

6. Do apply a little foundation to your eyelids.The skin is very thin here so veins can show through.It will also provide a longer-lasting base for eye shadow and colours will look truer.

7. Don’t apply foundation under the eyes,instead use concealer only here(see guidance below) Foundation is often too flat looking. The skin here needs light in order to brighten any dark shadows.

Look out for tomorrow’s makeup masterclass part 2 – this time we’ll be focusing on ‘deciphering foundation speak’, teaching you how to tell the difference between you matte, sheer and light reflecting cover ups!

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