5 Steps For A Flawless Base Makeup | Clozette

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It's really all about the base--how your base makeup looks determines everything about your look. You may have the most amazing eye makeup look you've ever done in your life but it all falls short if your base makeup is a mess. The base makeup is the foundation of everything else you'll put on on your face, so you better take it seriously!


Here 5 things you need to do to achieve a flawless base makeup.


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Step 1: Prime for a smooth canvas



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Primers are essential to a flawless base makeup, especially when you want a look that will last for hours. The primer makes the face a smooth canvas and determines the kind of finish you want to achieve. So whether you want a dewy, satin, or matte finish, having a primer that offers these things is the first step to getting that. There are tons to choose from and even moisturisers nowadays can double up as a primer. 

Step 2: Cover and Conceal Blemishes



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If you have eye bags and blemishes that you want to cover up, use a concealer that's a shade darker than your actual skin tone. Dab the formula gently on the blemish area so it has that "smudged" and "blurred" effect. If it's not completely covered up, don't worry! You still have step 3 to finish the deed. 



Step 3: Apply Foundation



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Invest in a good foundation that matches your skin type and your skin tone. It takes a few trial and errors but once you find that perfect foundation, cling to it! A great foundation should give you medium to full coverage but it shouldn't feel heavy on your face. It must also be buildable and easy to blend for a flawless look. You can apply it with your fingers, and then blend it out with a sponge or brush for an even skin tone.


Step 4: Add Dimension



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This is where the fun comes in--highlighting and contouring!  Areas to highlight are: under your eyes, on the bridge of your nose, chin, brow bone, cupid's bow, and under your cheekbones. Then with a contour pencil or matte bronzer, contour your cheekbones, sides of your nose, and the temples of your forehead. Of course, it all still depends on your preferences on which areas to shape but as long as it's all blended out nicely and looks flawless on you, you're safe to move on to step 5. 



Step 5: Set Your Base Makeup



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This is usually the final step of any makeup routine. So after you've done your brows, eyes, and lips, lock in everything with powder and setting spray. Use a powder brush and apply it all over you face. Make sure you don't put too much or it will look cakey! Then finish off with setting or finishing spray, wait a few seconds for it dry and you're good to go! You can now smile and take a selfie to admire the artwork you've finished! 



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It's time for an intervention. You may not always be aware of it, but there things that we constantly do to our skin that keeps it from being healthy and glowing. If you're guilty of at least one of these, it's time to change your lifestyle!

Here are 5 things you have to stop doing to your skin. 

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Do not Prick Your Pimples



If you want to deal with pimple marks, scars, and uneven skin tone then go ahead. However, if you want to make life easier for you in the long run, stop the urge to touch and prick those pimples. This will not help in removing them, in fact you're just making it worse. Let them be or apply a clearing gel and let them heal on their own. 

Do Not Use Your Products In The Wrong Order



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You may have the best products in the world but they are worth nothing if you don't use them in the correct order. Remember: cleanse, tone, moisturise. Your serums, under eye products, and spot treatment comes after toning but before moisturising. Each product is much more effective when used in the right order and it will maximize the potential of your skin to reach its healthy state faster. 



Do Not Forget To Apply Sunscreen



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If you have not been aware of it, Global Warming is real, and the extra harsh UV rays that come with it damages your skin faster everyday if you don't apply sunscreen. Applying sunscreen, or any product that has SPF 15 or higher (for the face) and SPF 50 or higher (for the body) will reduce the signs of skin again, damaged and dehydrated skin, sunburn, and even something as serious as skin cancer. 



Do Not Use Harsh Cleaners



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If you have oily or combination skin, or you're currently undergoing a massive breakout, it may seem logical to use a cleanser that gives you a squeaky clean feeling. What most people don't know is that those cleansers and exfoliators actually strip the skin of all its good oils and diminish its own natural protective barrier. When this happens, your face produces more oil resulting in more breakouts. 



Do Not Sleep Late



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If you're catching a deadline and you really need to pull an all-nighter then by all mean, go ahead. However, if this happens regularly then don't be surprised if a pimple or two pops up. Lack of sleep causes breakouts, dry skin, and eye bags. The best cure is prevention--fix your schedule and sleep early!



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On days when we want to emphasize our eyes and make them appear brighter, wider, and more awake, we turn to a few nifty makeup tricks that give our eyes the illusion of appearing bigger and all dolled-up. 


So here are 5 ways you can make your eyes look bigger. 


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Do Not Fully Line Your Eyes



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The reason why you only line your eyes on the top and the outer corners of your lash line is because it gives you that "almond eye" illusion. The almond shape is the ideal shape for the eyes so most looks revolve around achieving that shape. So line the upper half, draw a wing and connect that wing to the lower lash line. Just go halfway with a light stroke to achieve that almond shape. 

Wear White Eyeliner



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Adapt this trick from the Koreans: with a white eyeliner pencil, instantly brighten your eyes by applying it on your lower waterline. This makes eyes your look bigger as it extends and highlights the shape of your eyes. They may seem unnoticeable at first, but if you take a before and after photo, you'll see the magic it does to your eyes! 



Apply Principles Of Contouring



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Contouring is not just applicable to your cheekbones and forehead, you can also use it for your eyelids! Basically, you highlight the inner corners of your eyelid with lighter colours and apply darker colours to the outer corners. Then, apply a medium-toned colour to your crease, blending it in perfectly to achieve depth. This forms a shadow around your lid making your eye sockets appear deeper and thus making your eyes look bigger. 



Curl Those Lashes



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Curling your lashes removes the shadow that straight lashes cast on your eyes. It also adds volume to your eye shape, making them look larger. If you want to go the extra mile, add some falsies and multiple layers of lengthening mascara on both the upper and lower lashes. So yes, invest in a good mascara--it will take you places. 



Use Contact Lenses



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If you want brighter looking eyes that truly stand-out, then wear coloured contacts or circle lenses. It's nice to experiment with colours; but if you want to make it look more natural, wear circle lenses in colours that are darker than your natural eye colour--such as dali black and brown. It achieves that doll-eye look in a snap without all the fuss!



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