It’s the season of celebration, and on such long, crazy nights your same-old kohl and gloss just won’t cut it. Elaborate nights call for elaborate dresses; and that naturally means super-hot makeup! But no makeup would look good if you don’t manage to wear your base makeup right. So here’s an amazing tutorial to nail your base makeup and make it last all night long!
Start with a clean fresh face. Use your daily gentle scrub to remove any dead skin cells and after washing and drying your face, apply some hydrating moisturizer. If you have dry skin, go for oil-based moisturizer and if you have oily skin (t-zone or combination) pick a water-based moisturizer.
Once your face is moisturized and ready for makeup, it’s time to add another protective shield before you pack on the products. Primer! That’s right! Whether you prefer gel primers or creamy ones, always apply a primer before your makeup as that restricts the chemical-laden makeup to touch your face and harm it. It helps if you have an eye primer as well, for the sensitive area around your delicate eyes.
So your face is scrubbed, moisturized, and primed. Well done. If you really want to look flawless at the party, you’ll have to do some extra work on your dark (or white) spots and blemishes. Use a creamy concealer on your spots and blemishes and also cover up your dark circles (if any). Concealing your flaws gives you a clean spot-free slate to work magic on! After applying the concealer, let it set for a minute or two and check in natural light for patches before moving on.
The most important and also the trickiest part is applying the foundation. But before you apply your foundation, check to see if you have the right shade. The perfect shade of foundation is the one that exactly matches the skin tone on your jaw. Sometimes our cheeks tend to be a shade darker or lighter than our actual complexion, so never swatch a foundation on your cheeks. Once you have your perfect shade, start applying it using a good-quality foundation brush. Since you want to make the base makeup last all day, you would want a full coverage look; so a foundation brush is the best bet. But if you want less coverage, you could use a makeup sponge or apply it with your fingertips. Always apply foundation in the direction of your facial hair (if any), else start at the nose and gradually spread the product out.
After applying the foundation, you must set it up with powder. But bear in mind that powder is the last thing that should go on your face. So if you are going to use cream-based blush-on and eye shadow, then you might want to apply that first. Golden rule: cream first, powder last! If you’d be using powder-based blush and eye shadow then you can go ahead and powder your face lightly with a fluffy brush and then apply the powder blush and shadow.
If your face needs contouring and highlighting (we don’t want to emphasize the chubby cheeks, after all) then use a matt bronzer to add definition to your face. Apply the bronzer to the place where your cheeks’ hollow should be. And apply the highlighting powder (or a slightly white matt eye shadow) to your cheekbones, under your eyes, on the bridge of your nose and forehead. Then using a stippling brush or a kabuki, blend everything in your face. Notice how your face immediately stands out and looks flawless.
So that’s the perfect base makeup that will last all day! Finally, once you’re done with the base makeup, it’s time to use colour. Go for whatever colour you want to wear but don’t forget to make sure it matches or complements your dress.