The first step to great makeup is having a good base. Making sure your skin is at its best and using the correct tools for makeup application can make a massive difference. Here are my top five tips for creating a perfect base!
- Know your skin type. Using products that are specifically made for your skin type can have a massive impact on the quality and condition of your skin. As a freelance makeup artist, it is surprising many of my clients don’t know their skin type. There are a whole range of amazing treatments for all types of problematic skin. If you have dry skin, look for products that contain Hyaluronic acid. For oily, acne prone skin, look for treatments containing Salicylic acid. And for dry ageing skin or uneven skin tone look for Glycolic acid. If you want to step up your skin care game, take a look at Bravura (www.bravuralondon.com) for a range of at home intensive treatments for under a tenner. I’m a big fan of their Glycolic acid treatment for keeping my skin smooth and clear.
- Remove makeup properly. I’m guilty of occasionally going to bed with a full face of makeup. However, this can be really bad for your skin. I used to use makeup wipes to remove my makeup, but found it wasn’t quite doing the job. The last year or so, I have started using oil based cleansers. You apply the product to a dry face and it melts away all traces of makeup when rinsed off. My favourites are L’oreal Skin Perfect Cleansing Oil and Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean.
- Drink plenty of water. You need to keep your skin hydrated to keep it in top notch condition. I always recommend this to brides to be, or anyone who has a special occasion coming up. This flushes toxins out of the body, as well as having a whole load of other health benefits. I keep a bottle of water with me at all times to make sure I meet my 1.5 litre target every day!
- Apply foundation with a brush. Applying your foundation with your fingers is great when you’re in a rush, as it’s quick and gets the job done. However, once you start using brushes you’ll find it hard to ever go back to using your fingers for makeup application. Brushes can give incredible results and makes skin look flawless and even. I don’t tend to use the traditional shape foundation brushes (flat and pointed like a paint brush) I much prefer to use buffing brushes, which are fuller with a flat top. This gives an airbrushed finish to foundation and makes blending a breeze. Brushes needn’t be expensive. Real Techniques do an amazing range of brushes that I swear by. These are available in Boots, Superdrug, Asda and Amazon and are often on sale. My favourite for foundation application is the Expert Face Brush (£8.99).
- Get colour matched. There is nothing worse than having an orange foundation line around the perimeters of your face. It’s easily done, as it can be quite difficult to find a shade that perfectly matches your skin under store lighting. In addition to considering how fair or dark you are, you also need to consider your skin tone. Warm skin will have yellow undertones, whereas cool skin will have more of a pink tone. If you don’t seem to have one more than the other, then you probably have a neutral skin tone. It’s worth going to a counter in your local Boots store to get colour matched if you are unsure. No.7 has a great colour match system as well as a brilliant range of affordable foundations.