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We all know that great makeup starts with a great base but, between learning how to master a smokey eye and prepping our extensive skincare routines, the basics are often left behind. So, if you’re not sure when to apply highlighter or how to get bronzer to catch the light in all the right places ✨ scroll for all the tips and tricks to nail your base every 👏 single 👏 time 👏
NYX primer

Step 1: Prime

NYX Professional Makeup Bright Maker Papaya Face Primer, £15

It’s prob the most important step in your makeup routine but the one we often forget. Make sure your skin is cleansed and moisturised beforehand, then add primer to help stop your foundation from slipping, smudging and budging throughout the day. Infused with vitamin C and papaya extract, the latest NYX primer helps brighten your skin and keeps your makeup in place for up to 17 hours!
UD Hydrator

Step 2: Foundation

Urban Decay Stay Naked Hydromaniac Tinted Glow Hydrator, £29

Combining the coverage of a foundation with the hydration of a tinted moisturiser, UD’s latest creation is ideal for the warmer months ahead. Dewy finish?  Long-lasting coverage? ✅ The best part? You can ditch the brushes and use your fingers to blend – always start at the centre of your face and blend outwards.
bareMinerals concealer

Step 3: Concealer

bareMinerals Original Liquid Mineral Concealer, £24

It’s the key to adding extra coverage to your base without your makeup caking or creasing. For a natural-looking finish, apply the bareMinerals concealer in an upside-down triangle around your eyes and gently pat or tap into your skin (don’t rub). You can also target areas like the chin, nose and centre of the face. P.S. use a setting powder to fix your look!
CT bronzer

Step 4: Bronze

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer - Medium, £39

If you want to add a lil warmth to your skin, apply bronzer to the cheekbones, jawline and hairline (that’s all the places the sun naturally hits). The trick is to work your bronzing brush in a ‘figure of three’ motion, starting at the temples, then moving to your cheekbones and, finally, your jaw. Don't forget to blend! P.S. This CT Airbrush Bronzer is also packed with skin-boosting ingredients like hyaluronic acid, too.
Barry M Blush

Step 5: Blush

Barry M Fresh Face Cheek & Lip tint - Peach Glow, 4.99

Blush can be the best tool in your makeup bag to add a pop of colour to your complexion. Perf for a springtime upgrade, use this dewy tint on your cheeks and apply in a ‘C’ shape from the top of the temple down to the cheekbone (towards the apple of the cheeks). Blend it out using your fingers or a flat-top brush.

Step 6: Highlight

Morphe 2 Gleamcatcher Illuminator - First Light, £14

The key to a great glow is mastering where you target the light – apply Morphe’s illuminator to the high points of your face, like the bridge of the nose, inner corner of the eyes and where your eyebrows meet. Dot the highlighter above your cheekbones and use the Morphe 2 Highlighter Brush to build up the highlight or simply add it to your fave moisturiser for an all-over glow ✨
Lip oil

Step 7: Lips

Iconic London Lustre Lip Oil - Sugar Mama - Watermelon, £21

Dry lips? This lip oil by Iconic London is the kinda hybrid everyone needs in their life TBH. Enriched with hydrating hyaluronic acid and vitamin C, it does all the hard work for you while giving your lips serious shine. Wear it alone or over a lipstick for a glossier look.