Regardless of the makeup look you are creating, the key to any great makeup look is a flawless base. A proper base makeup helps the rest of your makeup apply and blend smoothly. While you might think that a foundation and concealer is all that you need to create the perfect base makeup, there is a lot more that goes into creating that perfect base. Let us dive into the best face makeup products by Maybelline along with a step by step face makeup that will help you achieve a smooth, luminous, and flawless base.
Step 1 – Forgetting to prime is a crime
The first step to creating a flawless makeup base is priming. A beauty essential, primers help to create a smooth surface for your foundation by filling in any large open pores and fine lines. A primer also increases the longevity of your foundation by gripping on to it. Primers are also great for blurring away imperfections and specific skin concerns. If you suffer from redness and discolouration, a colour correcting primer will prep your skin for foundation by neutralizing your skin tone. Apply your primer and wait for a couple of minutes and let your foundation sink into the skin before moving on to the next step.
Step 2 – Lay down the foundation
Whether you want to create a no-makeup makeup look or want to turn heads with a full face of glam, even out your complexion with a liquid foundation. Depending on the coverage your desire, Maybelline foundations are available in a buildable medium as well as high-pigment full coverage levels. The Maybelline foundation shades are created to suit diverse Indian skin tones, so there is a perfect match out there for everybody. Use a makeup brush, sponge, or your fingers to apply the foundation all over your face is a thin, even layer. Avoid piling on multiple layers of foundation as that will make your foundation look cakey and heavy on the skin.
Step 3 – Conceal away the imperfections
Conceal your under-eye dark circles, acne scars, blemishes, and other imperfections with a creamy concealer makeup. Natural or full coverage, pick a Maybelline concealer that matches your skin tone and complements your overall makeup look and apply a tiny amount to the spots you want to conceal. You can also use a lighter concealer shade to highlight and brighten the high points of your face and a darker concealer as a cream or liquid contour. Lightly blend the concealer into your skin using small tapping motions and let the product sit on your face for a couple of minutes before you set your face makeup with powder.
Step 4 – Set your face makeup with powder
Using a powder on top of your cream and liquid base makeup products helps set the makeup in place, controls shine, and also adds some additional coverage. Powder makeup is also great for blurring away your pores and giving your skin a soft, almost airbrushed look. Maybelline powders are available in different formats like loose powder, pressed powder, and compact powder. You can also use the Maybelline compact powder or powder foundations with just the concealer on your no-makeup makeup days.
NOTE - If you are not sure about your base makeup shades and need a helping hand, head over to the Foundation Finder by Maybelline. The Foundation Finder tool will help you find a foundation, concealer, and powder that matches your skin tone with just a few questions.
Step 5 – Add colour to your cheeks
Add a natural looking rosy flush or give your cheeks a warm and peachy sun kissed look with the right shade of blush. A pop of blusher on the apples of your cheek makes your skin look healthy and fresh. Apply a light wash of your favourite Maybelline blush on your cheeks, across your nose, the outer perimeter of your forehead, and on your chin to add a healthy flush from within look. Don’t go overboard with the blush as it can make your makeup look loud and unnatural.
Step 6 – Sculpt and highlight your face
Add definition to your cheekbones, jawline, and your forehead by using a soft contour product that is a shade or two darker than your natural skin tone. Contouring your face creates a shadow that helps enhance and define your features. Use the Maybelline contour stick to get sharp cheekbones and a well-defined jawline in no time! Add a natural-looking glow or shine like a star with Maybelline highlighters. Use a liquid highlighter for strobing and adding a luminous glow or choose a shade from the highlighter palette to add a metallic sheen, the choice is yours.
Step 7 – Lock everything in place with a setting spray
Now that you are done with all the steps of your base makeup, finish off the rest of your makeup by creating a beautiful eye makeup look and applying your favourite lip product. Once your entire makeup is complete, set your face with a natural matte finish using the Maybelline setting spray. The setting spray is also great for when you want a quick refreshing pick-me-up on the go.
Playing with different makeup products is a lot of fun, but oftentimes you do not have the time or patience to swatch (and remove!) all the different makeup products you have your eye on. If you too love experimenting with makeup but do not want to invest the time or money in getting a product you are not sure about, check out the Maybelline Virtual Try On tool. Using the Virtual Try On tool, you can try all the different Maybelline products in real time, without leaving your bed! Step outside your comfort zone with a bright purple lipstick or try a thick, voluminous mascara with zero commitment. The Virtual Try On tool is a great way to find the perfect face, eye, and lip makeup products in an easy, hassle-free manner. So turn on the live camera or upload a photo from your gallery and see yourself in Maybelline!