Tips to Apply a Flawless Base

How can you get your foundation to look even and flawless? We've got you covered. Learn to apply a smooth, even base of makeup for beautiful skin.

Foundation: How to Get An Even, Perfect Makeup Base

Whether it’s the first step in your long, glam makeup routine, or you pride yourself in a natural-looking face, here, it’s all about that base. Skincare, as well as makeup trends appreciate the beauty of an almost baby-smooth skin finish that’s radiant and imperfection-free. To help you get there, here are the best tips to apply the most flawless makeup base.

Start With Skincare: How to Make Your Skin Smoother and Healthier

Well-cared-for, healthy skin is the most surefire way to get you to a great makeup base, and a good skincare routine will get you there. Prepping your skin with anything from your daily facial cleanser to your favorite face masks, sheet masks, or serums before makeup application will ensure that you get that complexion that is sure to glow beneath your makeup.

Moisturizer, as always, is arguably one of the most important parts of skincare. Everyone has a different skin type, but anyone can benefit from a good moisturizer. For makeup, it’s just as important, since a good base needs moisture. It will help to ensure that your foundation, concealer, and all the product you apply on top will go on smoothly and blend out well. This step is especially important for those with dry skin, or those who’d like to opt for a more dewy finish.

Try A Primer for Better Makeup Application Results

It is true that not everyone needs a pore-blurring primer, but primer can come in handy when your skin needs an extra step before makeup, whether you’re trying to cover up a sick day, or you just want to ensure that your skin base will look its absolute best. This step is especially important if you want to go for a specifically matte or dewy look. Most primers are also great for minimizing the look of your pores, allowing for an airbrushed finish once you apply your makeup.

Use The Right Foundation for your skin type and lifestyle

Whether it’s drugstore or high end, it’s important to make sure that you have the right foundation for your skin type and tone. It’s never a bad idea to have two foundation shades to mix to find your right color, but depending on whether you have dry or oily skin, or have in mind what type of coverage you might want, the right foundation can make or break your base. But don’t fret! If foundation choices overwhelm you, there is always the option of using a concealer instead. Thankfully, makeup nowadays is incredibly versatile, and spot-correcting your problem areas can be more than enough.

Take Your Time Blending foundation for a better look

It’s such an important tip that no one will ever stop saying it: blend, blend, blend. And when you think you’re done blending, blend some more! But really, there’s nothing worse than thinking you've properly blended, and later seeing a harsh line you missed. This tip is especially important with products like bronzer or contour, where a darker shade can be harder to blend out. It takes time—but do trust that it’ll all be worth it.

Luckily, there isn’t a shortage of ways to blend. You can use a brush to blend out your foundation, which come in different types, too: buffing, stippling, paddle, all available with synthetic or natural hair—you name it. One of the most revolutionary ways to blend has to be the beauty sponge. It doesn’t leave any streaky lines that a brush might. The best way to use it is to get it damp to allow it to expand in size and become soft enough to dab it against the skin for a perfect, easy blend.

Don’t Forget to Set foundation with powder to make it last all day

The last tip is an important one if you want your flawless base to stay flawless all day or night. There are different ways to set your makeup—powder and setting spray are the two best ways. Translucent powder will work best for those with oilier skin to mattify. There are also long-lasting setting sprays, though these work best to set skin that might want an extra glow, as many of them work wonders to provide a last punch of moisture where you need it—even if you accidentally over-powder! It's the final touch that will keep your base looking absolutely flawless so you can put your best face forward.

Resources— Allure, Harper's Bazaar