5 top tips to a perfect base

By Susannah Edwards


Applying a good makeup base is surprisingly tricky. Get it right and you will achieve a luminous and polished complexion, but get it wrong and you can be left with caked skin, visible foundation lines, flakiness or uneven coverage. I had a chat with Rimmel London makeup artist Kirsten Piggott, who revealed her tips to achieving a flawless complexion.


Start at the top


Apply foundation on your forehead first and blend downwards. This will ensure that the spread of makeup is even and will prevent over-applying foundation on areas that don't need it.

Layer up

Don't be afraid to build up several light layers of foundation on areas that need it most, such as under-eyes, chin and around your nose.

Get finger friendly

Using your fingers rather than a brush gives better results. Your fingers allow you blend your makeup into the skin to avoid caking, visible makeup lines and brush strokes.

Save the best til last

If you are making up your eyes, apply your foundation and concealer after. It sounds odd, but when you apply eye shadow, some pigment will drop down your face, deepening the appearance of dark under-eye circles. By applying your foundation after your eye makeup you can erase any excess shadow.

Jawline and beyond

The biggest foundation no-no is seam lines around your jaw and hairline, so blend outwards working around your jaw, under your chin and extending slightly down your neck. The key is to blend, blend, blend!

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