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HOW TO ACE THAT BASE: A BASIC MAKEUP STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

New to makeup? Or just need a refresh on how to apply the perfect base? Read on below as we take you through an easy make up routine step-by-step!

1. Prep Skin

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Behind every flawless base is a primer. The unsung hero of every look, these silicone or water-based formulas hydrate your skin and increase your foundation’s staying power. They also come with a range of extra beauty benefits ranging from evening out skin tone and brightening your complexion. Primer is your first port of call - apply directly after your skincare routine, and before you reach for any other makeup products! Simply apply primer all over your face and watch as your foundation glides easily and evenly onto your skin.

Try:

Master Prime weightless primer to blur imperfections and mattify skin

Baby Skin Pore Eraser for poreless baby smooth skin and that radiant glow

2. On to the Base: How to Apply Liquid Foundation

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Putting on foundation is one of the most important elements and most crucial basic makeup steps of achieving that perfect base. A liquid foundation can even out your skin tone and provide an even more flawless finish as you layer on other makeup products on your face.   

Our suggestion? Everyone’s favourite Maybelline foundation, Fit Me Matte + Poreless. To nail your application, apply one or two pumps of Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation to the back of your non-dominant hand and then dot a small amount of foundation to your forehead, cheeks and chin. Then, using a damp sponge or foundation brush, apply in light, circular strokes to smooth over pores for a seamless matte finish. Don’t forget to cover the hairline, jawline and neck for a more natural look!

Fit Me Matte + Poreless has a lightweight, breathable texture which is key for an everyday foundation. Also, because of its formula which is infused with mattifying clay, it makes it the most ideal for oily skin since it promises up to 12 hours of oil control. Find out your foundation fit with our range of 20 shades of Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation here.

If you’re after something with a little more stamina, the SuperStay 24HR Foundation  provides long-wear full coverage with a shine-proof guarantee that will last you for up to 24 hours. You can also check out this guide to finding out the right foundation shade from your skin tone and undertone.

 

3. Conceal Blemishes: How to Apply Concealer

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Once you’ve built your base, it’s time for those final touches. For flawless, natural coverage in an instant, go for the Fit Me Concealer! Using the precise applicator, dab the formula onto any imperfections, blemishes or pimple marks and simply blend with your fingertips. For eye bags and dark circles, you can use the Instant Age Rewind Eraser, Maybelline’s Best Eyebag Concealer! It’s also the winner of Allure’s Best Beauty Award for 2018 and the Spring Beauty O-Wards for a reason! The Instant Age Rewind Eraser makes the undereye area appear radiant and more refreshed in time, thanks to its super formula with goji berry and haloxyl. Just draw small triangles underneath your area and tap lightly to blend to achieve complexion perfection! You can also use a slightly lighter shade to highlight the high points of your face.

4. Shape your Arches: How to Draw Eyebrows

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A well-groomed eyebrow is the easiest way to look better, fresher and more polished in minutes. It really is amazing just how much of an impact eyebrows make, especially when it’s the part of your face that can be fully seen during these mask-wearing times. Too sparse, too unruly, too whatever, and your whole facial symmetry is thrown off! So to help make sure your eyebrows are on fleek, a good brow pencil like Define and Blend Brow Pen should do the trick.

Step 1: Using the pencil’s slim angled tip, draw symmetrical “twin” outlines of each eyebrow. Start at the bottom of the brow and lightly outline the natural shape of your brows from head to tail.

Step 2: After outlining your brows, draw small, hair-like strokes in an upward motion along the brow contour. Focus on filling in areas where hair is sparse and lightly go over the rest of the brow to even things out. Use light, short strokes that mimic natural hair growth.

Step 3: Using the spoolie/brush, groom hairs upward and outward to blend in color and set brows.

As a finishing touch, you can clean the edges of your brows by tracing the outline of your brows with a concealer like the Fit Me Concealer. Blend well for a uniform finish.

5. Finish Off with A Lipstick of Your Choice: How to Apply Lipstick Perfectly

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No makeup look is complete without colouring the pout! Using a lip liner to outline your lips gives your lips a clear shape and definition and helps you apply the lipstick with more precision. Our suggestion for a 2-in-1 product that acts as both a lip liner and lipstick is the Superstay Ink Crayon. Use its precise crayon tip to trace the outline of your lips, and then fill in the inner parts of your lips and you’re done! Opting for a liquid lipstick instead? Check out this guide on how to apply liquid lipstick.

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