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November 06, 2010

Basic Makeup Part One: Anybody can Fake Flawless Skin (Primer, Foundation & Concealer)

See this before and after foundation?

This will be a mini-series on how to achieve a very basic yet groomed makeup look. Part One is mainly about applying foundation, concealer and setting foundation.

I believe a large part of looking groomed and made up is due to a very flawless base.  If you have very nice skin, you won't and shouldn't need to pile on  more products on your face.  Of course, we aren't always blessed with perfect skin.  Some of us have dark circles, some of us have spots to conceal and so on... but with some little tricks here and  there, anyone can achieve this overall natural look.  It takes some practice, and some trial and error, but it can be done!

I ain't a professional, and I am not endorsing any products mentioned here.  Also, I can't really tell you what shades suit your needs, because I only know what works for my specific skin tone (all my matching foundation shades are listed in the side column). For that kind of advice, you really do need to go to a makeup counter, and ask  the BAs and swatch products in person.

The point is to really just show you what can be done, what products you might want to look into, what sort of tools would be useful to help you re-create your perfect nude/natural makeup look. When I say nude makeup look, it actually means using whatever it takes to make you look like you are not wearing any makeup, BUT you still look made up.  Does that sound crazy??  I hope you know what I mean!

Let's get started!

Step ONE: Apply Primer.  The benefits of using a foundation primer is to keep your makeup looking fresh for long hours, and also to even out your skin surface.  Whether you wish to use a tinted one, or a clear one, it's really up to you.  For me, a primer must be able to even out my skin surface. I am using Lancome's pro base primer.  Click HERE for the detailed review.

You might want to give the primer a few minutes to settle before applying foundation.

Step TWO: Apply foundation.  I have been a long time user of liquid foundations.  Here, I am using the Guerlain Lingerie De Peau -- my latest addition.  I really like the finish of this foundation.  It is very  natural, and gives a subtle glow.   Over time, I am used to applying foundation with my fingers.  The warmth from your hands will 'heat up' the foundation, and makes for easier blending. Of course, you can use a brush, if you prefer.

Here you can see the results after primer and foundation:

Step THREE: Concealer!!  Now there are many types of concealer.  And depending on what you want to concealer, the shade you want to use will be different.  As a guide, if you are concealing dark circles you want something peachy/ orangey to neutralise the dark undertones.  If you are concealing red spots, or blemishes, you want something more yellowy (and in extreme cases, you might want to use a green corrector first).

I don't have  very serious dark circles, but I show you how you can brighten up that dull area with a concealer pen.  I am using Clarins Instant Light Brush-On Perfector in the shade 01.  It is pinkish, and perfect for me to brighten up  my under eyes.  Makes me look awake.

Concealing tips and tricks:

And if you are concealing blemishes and spots, use a concealer that is very very close to your skintone.  You want the spot to be invisible, so you cannot, and I stress, CANNOT use a concealer that is lighter than your skintone, despite what everyone else, even the BA can tell you.  If you use a too light concealer, you end up with an ashy patch, or brighten up/ highlighting that spot, making it  more obvious!  Horrors!  So, for this reason, you probably need to have several shades of concealer in your stash for all sorts of different purposes.

In the pics below, I am showing you how you can even out certain darker corners and crevices of your face, for example, around the nose, around the mouth, etc.  I use Clarins Instant Light Brush-On Perfector in the shade 00.

And also how to 'erase' the spots on your face.  I use MAC Studio Sculpt concealer. I sometimes do  the 'erasing' as a final step to my whole makeup routine.  I stand a distance away from the mirror, and use a brush to lightly tap on the concealer on those spots.  Because I am standing farther away, I am kind of like imagining how others would see my face.  If my spots aren't obvious like 2 metres away, then I don't even bother concealing them.  This way, you make sure you just hide the more prominent spots.. and not end up looking overly made up.

And after concealing....you can see the differences:

Step FOUR: Setting the foundation.  Don't make the mistake of using too much powder to set.  You just need a little wherever you need.  Whether you use a 'colored' one, or a translucent one, a pressed powder, it doesn't really matter.  What is important is your METHOD of applying the powder.  You want to lightly dust the powder on, especially in places where you tend to get oily/ shiny.  And you don't want to 'rub' away all that concealer which you have applied earlier.  If you use a powder puff, the press and roll method is ideal. In my pictures, I show both ways.

And that's how you fake flawless skin.  I know it sounds like many steps... and maybe many products, but hey, you do whatever you think you need!  And that's what I think I  need to fake it.  LOL.

Next part (which might be up later) will be about how I apply cheek color, some basic contouring to make your face look *ahem* slimmer!

Here are other foundation routines I have done in the past -- yes, the list is long, and I am a foundation junkie!

Recent updated face routine feat lancome pro base

Clarins Hydra Luminous Flawless Powder Foundation routine

Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation application and review

Foundation Routine with Shu Uemura Nobura foundation

Maquillage Cream Stick foundation review and routine

Nude look featuring MAC Face & Body foundation

MUFE Mat Velvet+ routine

That's all, I hope this has been helpful, and thanks for reading!

posted by

Did you mix up your headings of the before and after concealer in your picture? Anyways, I noticed you are having earphones in your ears! Listening to music while applying makeup and taking pictures of the process? Pretty hetic! Anyways, love the post. Really helped me. Thanks Sophia! :D

posted by

very informative, good post! I need to add primer to my arsenal, I never do that step.

posted by

Ohh!! I love the finish of the foundation and all on your skin.. Makes you look very flawless but not cakey or "masky" at all... Hee.. And I see u're using ur EDM dome blending brush right?? :)


@ ru -- yes, sharp eyed girl, I changed the words already LOL hahaha, yeah listening to some music etc so pple at home can't disturb me LOL

@ socialitedreams - thanks! :)

@ linn - yes, I am using the new EDM brushes! :) thanks girl!

posted by

LOlx.. I like watching TV ... while doing my makeup! (it relax my soul! lolx.. I'm happy.. skin feel happy too!)

OOh.. I still haven't try MAC Studio Sculpt concealer! lolx

posted by

this is what i call..

Less is More!

liking this post!!


Very informative! What do you think of swirling the powder brush? I only use a little amount of powder and still it cakes up my face instead of setting it. Could it be due to me using a blush brush?

posted by

I listen to music while putting on makeup too, except I don't wear headsets cause I'm afraid of the foundation getting on it etc. I typically blast in my room. Lol

With the concealer comparison photo I can really see a difference the concealer makes, I really need to try that Studio Sculpt but I'm still trying to finish Studio Finish.


@ joyce, perhaps a larger powder puff would distribute the powder more thinly over a larger surface, that might help to get rid of the cakey-ness? A blush brush concentrates product on a certain area...

@ Sara ... yeah, usually I just blast the music/ or watever is playing, but here I am sitting out in 'public area' aka the dining area, and there's TV in the background, pple chatting away, so I need to shut myself up lol... oh, I have given up on trying to finish Studio Finish! it seems to be an endless well of concealer! LOL

posted by

Lovely, quite informative post, I rate it as a must-have for newbies :) Thanks for sharing!

posted by

Great tips and reminders! I need to start setting my foundation with a sponge as I do feel like my brush is pushing the concealer work away :P

posted by

Simple and easy. Thanks for that tutorial :D

posted by

You're so right (about Studio Finish). I can finally see the pan from the center so I thought I would be able to actually finish this before getting more but then I realized how much product there is along the side. Lol.

posted by

Very informative post! Love it! :thumbsup:

posted by

Thanks for the tips! But I've read somewhere that primers should be used sparingly cos of the erm silicone in them? Is that true? Or can I go ahead and use primers everyday? Or does it depend on the primer? Also, what kind of setting powder would you recommend for BB cream users? Sorry for the flood of qns :P

posted by

Nice tutorial! I'm like seeing the pictures over and over again to see the differences between using concealer and powder before and after! Lolx.. Thanks so much for all the tips, they're now implanted to my small brain. =D


@ Jerlaine, I use primers everytime I use foundation, and besides not all primers are silicon based, so you can check the ingredients... I am going to try out a BB cream soon, and when I have experimented, I will post updates! :)

@Jones - haha, glad to be of some help! :p

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My name is Sophia, and I am in my early 30s. I am from Singapore and I am the sole writer of this blog.

About this Blog

I started this blog in 2006, I like to use a wide range of brands though I seem to have a growing preference for higher-end brands in recent years. I also like to share interesting things I have come across about makeup and beauty.

Currently The Makeup Blogette receives 39,000 unique views monthly or 2,238,932 views and counting.

My Makeup Style

I like classic looks (neutral tones on eyes, anything goes for lips & cheeks), though occasionally I try out dramatic/ statement looks.  I believe that a flawless base is the key to achieving great makeup looks.  I also believe that if you don't have great skin to start with, fake it with a good foundation routine, and even greater skincare.  I am currently loving Clarins & Lancome skincare products, and Vichy NormaDerm for tackling with breakouts.

What Cameras do I use?

Most of the pictures you see in post 2010 entries are taken with my Canon G-11.  Previously I was using Canon Ixus 80.  I do post some pictures which are taken with my iphone4 which I will state in that particular entry.  I have stopped watermarking my pictures as of 2011, because I think watermarks are ugly in general, and does not prevent people from stealing my pictures if they wish to.  I just take it as a compliment that my pictures are even worth stealing in the first place. I might look into getting a Canon EOS next year, not just for blogging purposes, but I also like photography in general.

My Favourite Makeup Brand(s)

It is hard to name just one, but I like NARS, Chanel, Illamasqua and the ocasional Guerlain, Dior & Urban Decay item.  I own quite a stash of MAC items, but recently I have stopped catching up with their collections, and I much prefer to splurge on a few really outstanding items.

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I bought/ paid for all of the products mentioned in this blog. I am not affliated to any company. If certain products are sent to me for review purposes, I will say so and express my honest opinions about them. In any case, I will only review and showcase the products which I have personally tried and tested, and enjoy using. I do not get paid to review anything.

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