Ace your base

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Now I’m no beauty guru by any means but I think I’ve finally figured out how to make my base makeup stay all day!

I’m having flash backs of reapplying my makeup at break AND lunch time during school when I first started experimenting with products especially smearing Maybelline's famous dream matte mousse over my lips topped with lip-gloss. Nice!

Even up until a few years ago I found myself needing to touch up during the day. Finally I feel like I’ve found a great routine and mix of products which suits my skin leaving me with that matte effect all day long. Everyone is different and has different skin types and concerns so it’s about finding what works for you.

A good skincare routine is invaluable to ensuring your makeup lasts all day. Your makeup will apply best to clean fresh skin. Exfoliating twice a week will remove dead surface cells and prepare your skin for your makeup. Always prep your skin with moisturiser so it’s hydrated.  Check out my review of the Pixi Skincare Collection here.

There’s a lot of hype over using a primer at the moment before you apply your makeup. If this works for you then fantastic! The silicon in the primer is said to stop your foundation setting in your lines but I’m just not a very big fan. I feel like the oil in my t zone seeps through my makeup mid-day when I use a primer and everything seems to slide off. 

Everything that’s built properly has a solid foundation which applies to your makeup too. When choosing your perfect foundation it’s important to find out whether you have a warm or cool undertone, and choose the correct shade to balance this. If you’re not sure, it would be best to visit your local makeup counter and let them test the shades on you. I suggest using a damp beauty blender to apply foundation for streak-free blending and a flawless finish. If you have a fave foundation brush then use this, but I wouldn't recommend using your hands. The bacteria and oils in your hands will transfer to your face and may result in unwanted pimples.

Use concealer to highlight your face, by placing it under your eyes, on top of your eyelids, down the middle of your nose and on the bow of your lips. This will illuminate your face and remove the shadows which will make you appear more awake. Use the pointed edge of your beauty blender to gently dab into the skin and blend into your foundation.

One of the most important steps is to set your makeup with a powder. If you have oily skin, you may need to sweep a little product over your t-zone with a fluffy brush through the day to achieve that long lasting matte effect. 

You don't need to spend a long time every day contouring your face. Applying your bronzer in the right places is enough to sculpt out your cheeks. Using an angled brush, apply it below the cheekbones from the middle of your ear to the side of your mouth, the sides of your nose and the top of your forehead.

Finish with a small amount of blusher for a pop of colour on your cheeks and a touch of highlighter at the top of your cheek bone, cupids bow and under the tail of your brow for that glow. If you really want to make sure your base doesn’t budge I recommend spraying your face with a setting spray. 

Products I’m loving:

Oil: Pixi Skin Treats Rose Oil

Foundation: Mac Pro Longwear Foundation- NC25

Concealer: L'Oreal Paris True Match Concealer - Vanilla

Powder: L'Oreal Paris Infalliable 24hr Matte Powder - Warm Vanilla

Bronzer: Benefit Hula Bronzer

Blush: Mac Mineralize Blush - Love Thing

Highlighter: Benefit High Beam Highlighter

Setting Spray: Freedom Pro Fixing Spray

What are your top tips for acing your base?

Love Luce x

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