It Starts With The Skincare | A flawless base starts at skincare, so making sure you've exfoliated and moisturised will help keep any dehydrated skin or dullness at bay. I could do a whole different post on choosing the right moisturiser for your complexion, but when you want to wear one underneath it's important to get one that will nourish the skin, but still be easily absorbed to avoid your makeup from slipping off.
Primers | I've always had a love-hate relationship with primers because although I've always thought they were rather pointless, they do create a lovely base for your foundation to sit on and the Too Faced Hangover Primer is a go-to of mine every day. If you're looking for your base to last all day, but you don't want to use any product underneath, then the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray is the perfect alternative.
Getting the right amount of foundation | Some foundations need to be applied in layers, building up the coverage as you go, whereas other foundations can be instantly cakey looking if you apply too much product and you try to blend it in anyway. Finding the right amount of foundation to apply is one of my top tips that has really transformed my base. I always go for the smaller amount and then build up to ensure that I don't go OTT too quickly.
Sponge or Brush? | Personally nothing gives me more a natural, flawless base than a Beauty Blender, but there are many other options on the market if you prefer a brush. The Zoeva Silk Finish brush is perfect for buffing into the skin whilst retaining coverage, but for me nothing gets into all the nooks and crannies better than a sponge. The beauty blender works amazingly when dampened as it doubles in size, applies the product smoothly and easily makes an air brushed, flawless base.
Concealer and Face Powder Tips | Whenever I'm doing my makeup I always like to remember that using highlighting powders underneath the eyes can enhance dark circles, so to opt for a highlighter in the inner corner of the eyes if I'm looking to create a wide, doe eyed look. When I'm concealing underneath my eyes I like to use a concealer a couple of shades lighter than my skin tone to really brighten my eye area. To set my base, I couldn't recommend the NYX HD Loose Powder enough, especially if you suffer with large pores or you're looking for a powder that actually does something without being traceable on the skin.
How do you create a flawless base?