How to Apply Base Makeup

By on June 7, 2011

 How to Apply Base Makeup

Base makeup can give your skin an even tone while covering up blemishes, spots and dark circles. It can also provide protection from the elements – sun, wind and pollution.Pick a foundation whether it’s liquid, cream or powder that matches your skin tone and use the following tips to apply your base.


  • Choose a foundation that blends well with your skin. Match your skin color using test samples by dabbing a little on the back of your hand and rubbing it in. You’ll also be able to tell if the foundation has the right amount of coverage for your skin tone.
  • Always apply base makeup after you have cleansed your skin, used a toner and moisturized for maximum effect.

  • Using a makeup sponge, makeup brush or your fingers, spread foundation in an upward motion covering the jaw line and cheeks. Applying foundation with upward sweeps is a great anti-aging technique. Always avoid pulling downward on the fleshy parts of your face.

  • Continue to apply base make up down the nose and over the eyelids. Foundation on the eyelids helps eye shadow last longer.

  • From the center of the forehead, spread foundation outward in each direction all the way to the hairline. Using your fingers, be sure to blend the base thoroughly and directly into the hairline to avoid a mask look.

  • Once you have completely applied the foundation, using a makeup brush and loose powder, gently dust your face to set the foundation. A few light dustings throughout the day will keep your makeup looking fresh.