When I was a student, I hardly wore makeup. Don’t get me wrong, I had more time to play around with it in the evenings (and during the day…I mean, I was a student) but I didn’t really have a chance to get into a set routine. Sure, I had played around with lots of makeup and various tools, but now I’ve been working and wearing makeup daily I’ve found the right tools for a flawless base.
The first tool I reach for when applying my base makeup is the Blank Canvas Cosmetics F20 Buffer Brush* – a flat top kabuki brush. After applying moisturiser and primer (and corrector on redness if necessary) with my fingers, I apply one or two pumps of foundation to the back on my hand, dependant on the foundation that I’m using. After picking up the foundation on the brush, I dot the foundation around my face – each cheek, chin, forehead, and a smaller one on my nose – and blend from the inside to the perimeter of my face. I tend to stipple and lightly swirl the brush around my face to blend in the majority of my foundation.
Once the foundation is on, I apply concealer in my problem areas – under my eyes, on my chin and in a few other places to bring light into my face. I then blend all of this out by bouncing a damp Beauty Blender over the concealer. Once the concealer has been blended, I continue to bounce the sponge all over my face to seamlessly finish off of the foundation blend I created with my brush. This is the most important step and really makes your foundation look airbrushed. This isn’t going to give a really full coverage base, but it will give a medium-high coverage which is what I know a lot of people are after.
I always apply powder under my eyes to set them, and on my T-Zone as this does get a little oily through the day. Under my eyes, I dip my damp Beauty Blender into loose powder and tap it on lightly, with pressed powder being dusted lightly with the Real Techniques Powder Brush. All in all, this takes around 5 minutes and is the longest part of my daily makeup routine (which I’ve got down to 10 minutes on a work day) but it’s definitely worth the extra effort!
What are your go-to tools to create a flawless base?