7 Steps to perfect face make-up

After applying eye make-up (for more on this see 7 steps to perfect eye make-up) it is time to apply your base.

Step 1: Flawless face make-up starts with flawless skin. Always prepare the skin for make-up application by cleansing, toning, lightly moisturising and blotting the skin. And remember the products you choose to use on your skin are important. Your skin is the most important outfit you will ever wear and you need to look after it!

Step 2: Use a primer on the skin before applying anything more. This will help to set the make-up in place and give it a smoother appearance on the skin.

Step 3: Following primer, apply concealer to any blemishes, imperfections or concerns. Concealers can be found in corrective shades and these work magic!

  • Green: conceals and corrects any redness, is great for rosacea, pesky blemishes and pimples.
  • Lilac: great on sallow skins, brightens.
  • Yellow: will cover any dark circles, bruising or veins.
  • Neutral: for no major concerns, a neutral shade that matches your skin tone is the best choice.

Step 4: Choose your base colour. This is an individual choice that will depend on your individual colouring. When choosing a shade, always test it on your jaw line. This will give you an indication of how it will blend with the rest of your skin. If you are left with a definite line – the shade is not for you, it should blend to be almost invisible.

Step 5: Choose your base type. This will also be an individual choice and will depend on the occasion and your personal preference. A BB cream or a tinted moisturiser will achieve a more natural look and feels lighter on the skin. A mineral liquid foundation will offer more coverage and is perfect for special occasions, photography and evenings. If using a BB cream or tinted moisturiser it is best applied with fingertips; for a mineral liquid foundation, a foundation brush is best.

Step 6: This is an optional step. Not everyone needs to use a powder to follow a liquid base, especially if you have a dryer skin or want to maintain a dewy complexion. If you do have oiler skin or are having photographs taken, a loose, translucent powder can be a great option to rid you of any shine (pressed, tinted powders aren’t something that we recommend). Apply translucent powder sparingly with a large, rounded brush; tap off any excess powder from the brush before sweeping it on to the skin. For dryer skins or to maintain a dewy appearance, skip this step.

Step 7: When it comes to bronzing and blushing,  we suggest using a medium size brush to apply a warm tone over the entire cheek area to the hairline. Use this same tone to shade wider areas of the face i.e. the outer of the forehead, the jawline, and underneath the cheekbones. This can be left as is for a natural look, or it can be intensified by highlighting the cheekbones with a stronger shade. Do this by smiling and working with a smaller brush to circle the stronger shade on to the apple of the cheeks and complete your base.

Still confused? See us for a make-up lesson and learn how to perfect your individual look.