Wednesday, 28 January 2015

How I Create A Flawless Base

How I Create A Flawless Base

The most important part of creating a flawless makeup base is skincare. The past month or so I have been following a very strict skincare routine and I can see a huge difference in both my skin with and without makeup.

Eye Makeup Remover: Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
Cleanser: Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
Scrub: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
Toner: Garnier Soft Essentials
Moisturiser: Declare Matifying Cream
Serum: Sonya Aloe Nourishing Serum
I know that seems like a lot of products but they are so amazing and make my skin feel great. It doesn't take long to do my routine. Last night I had Uptown Funk on repeat and it played three times while I was doing my skincare so that's just a rough idea for you guys!! "Coz uptown funk gon' give it to ya!!" LOVE that song. Lol!! 
After doing my skincare routine I usually either brush my teeth or do my hair. This gives your skin a chance to breathe, relax and take in your moisturiser and/or serum. When your moisturiser feels tacky to the touch then it is ready for makeup!! 

Next I apply my primer. My absolute favourite primer right now is the No7 Airbrush Away Primer. It is FAB! It feels silky smooth, fills pores and fine lines and creates a flawless canvas for the following products. You can apply primer with a stippling brush, a beauty blender, clean fingers whatever.

Once my primer is applied all over I then do my colour correcting. I use a green concealer from my AYU Dublin concealler palette on any redness I may have. I have a small bit around my nostrils and next my nose. This is the only way to cancel out redness, no amount of foundation will cover it for the day. After this I pop a very small amount of orange based concealler under my eyes to cover my bags...the jobs of being a busy blogger mum!! The bags under my eyes are designer... I swear!! 
If I was going to use cream conceallers for highlighting and contouring I would do it now. You need to contour with a concealler two shades darker than your foundation and highlight with one two shades lighter.

Last but not least is the foundation! My absolute favourite foundation the past few months is the Catrice Nude Illusion. It is light but still gives great coverage, it lasts and is so affordable. Today I used a Rimmel foundation and I am very happy with it although I want to use it for a few more days to form a good opinion on it. Other foundations I like are MAC Studio Fix Fluid, Push HD foundation and Maybelline Fit Me. I apply my foundation using a Real Techniques stippling brush. It buffs on the makeup to a flawless, high definition finish and doesn't trap or soak up product like a sponge would so you get more from your foundation. 

I hope this helps some of you create a stunning, flawless makeup base.

Love Melissa xx 


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