What goes on under your foundation is just as important as your cheekbone cutting contour and highlighter these days. We all know what you put on your skin makes a difference to your overall beauty routine, so here’s our ultimate guide to makeup bases. Get ready to take notes!
1. Moisturizer: For hydration
Dry skin tends to need hydration, but using moisturizer as your first base is smart because it feeds your skin and targets fine lines and wrinkles. Think of moisturizer as the underwear for your skin, you should probably start off with it before you dress it up with foundation. Normal skin can use any cult moisturizer, try a multi-purpose product like Oskia Nutri-Active Day Cream. Irritated skin should steer clear of fragrances and parabens with a natural moisturizer like Youth To The People Kale + Spinach Green Tea Hyaluronic Acid Cream. You should also use a good sunscreen underneath your makeup to avoid sunburn and UV damage!
2. Serum: For an extra boost
Serums contain ingredients that normal moisturizers don’t have, but they also don’t have the thickness or SPF properties of moisturizers which means they can be doubled up if your dull skin needs a vitamin boost or protection from pollutants. If you have oily skin, opt for either a moisturizer or a serum and try to use a powder to absorb some of the oil from your t-zone afterward.
Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment is an excellent brightener and plumper while MAKE Moonlight Brightening Serum will even out your skin tone and banish dark spots. Let that all sink in before heading to your primer.
3. Primer: For flawless makeup application
Looking for that photoshop finish? Primer is what you’re after. For minimizing pores and blurring imperfections, grab a soothing multi-purpose primer like Stila Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer or a cult favorite like Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. Your makeup should stay on all day and be the best it can be. If not, you might want to consider teaming up with some of these other base heroes!
4. Color Correcting: For an even complexion
If you want to banish those dark spots, under-eye bags, and red patches, a color correcting concealer is what you need. Read our guide to color correcting like a makeup artist here and then pick up one of our fave color correctors. Choose from Algenist Reveal Concentrated Color Correct Drops infused with microalgae, Stila One Step Correct Serum for a color corrector that also works as a primer and moisturizer or hero product Marc Jacobs Cover(t) Stick Color.