How to Get a Flawless Base with your Makeup

A Flawless Base

Depending on your skin type, achieving a flawless, airbrushed base can prove a near impossible feat. Oily skin can cause patchiness, the wrong moisturisers can lead to the dreaded cake face and dry patches can appear without warning. But with the right tools and products – and a little know how – you can get that perfect looking skin, that will last all night long.

The Right Tools

When creating our flawless make up tutorial, we never really think about the most important tool.. your mirror! We often forget about the mirror we are using when creating our look and beautifying ourselves. As anyone who’s ever used one of those stick-up locker mirrors between classes or after a gym session can attest, a poor-quality mirror can make the difference between a flawless foundation and one that is streaky, patchy, or crinkly around the edges. And let’s face it – everyone wants to look their best, whether you’re preparing for a night out, have a big job interview, or you’re just going through your everyday routine

The Prep

The key to truly great makeup is in the skin prep. By getting your skin prepped and primed before your makeup application for a smooth, even base that foundation can adhere better too, ensuring your whole look will last longer.

Start your skincare with a deep cleanse and a light exfoliation to buff away any dead skin cells – a cleanser which has been melted into the skin will melt away any impurities and can be buffed away with a warm damp muslin cloth which will gently smooth away any dry and flaking patches. After cleansing and exfoliating, it’s best to apply a lightweight moisturiser and treatment serum.


Once you have prepped your skin, its time to set your base with a primer; this will smooth out your skin’s texture, minimise pores and give your foundation the perfect surface to cling onto.

Start with colour correcting concealers on those targeting areas;

    • Green works best around the nose and on any blemishes
    • Peachworks well underneath the eyes
    • Lavenderbrightens up any sallow tones

Then, layer a little concealer over the top as needed, and blend. Finally dot a thin layer of foundation over the whole base and bounce the sponge over the skin to blend it evenly over skin. Repeat this final step as necessary, building up thin layers of coverage until you’re happy with the look.

Avoid the temptation to slather on one thick layer of product – it’ll be difficult to blend easily, will be more likely to go patchy and just won’t last. Instead, apply different layers sparingly and with a sponge applicator such as a Beauty Blender.

Find Your Shade

To find a foundation that matches your complexion, test the colour on your neck. Your skin tone is more uniform there than it is on your face, so you’ll wind up with a shade that’s just right. You’ll also avoid that dreaded demarcation along the jawline.

Set the Face

Lastly you will want to fix all your work firmly in place. Use a large, fluffy brush to sweep a translucent, finely milled and loose powder all over the skin. This will lock down all those layers, remove any excess shine and ensure that everything stays looking fresh for longer. Use a luminous powder, unlike old matter versions, it won’t suck the life out of your face translucent powders that reflect the light help skin glow and take down shine. Dust one on in a W motion. Starting at your hairline on one side, swoop down to your cheekbone, up to the bridge of your nose, back down the other cheek, then up again to the opposite hairline. Once your whole makeup is finished, grab a makeup setting spray and liberally spritz all over the skin. Akin to a hairspray for your face, it will fix everything firmly in place.