Do I need to set my base?

Hey everyone,

I hope you are all enjoying this amazing weather! So today I thought I would chat to about setting your base. A question I always get asked is ‘Why will my makeup not last all day?’ There are lots of different reasons for this but one of which I always ask is ‘Do you set your base?’ I often find the answer is usually ‘no’. Now before I begin, each person is so diverse from the next. I cannot guarantee that any of what I am recommending will definitely work. In my experience, the majority of people aren’t sure what their skin type is. Therefore, I can only make suggestions for you to try and see which works. Unless I have your face in front of me, it is hard to be sure what will work for you. Of course, if you follow all the correct steps then there is no reason why your foundation shouldn’t last from morning until night.

What products should I use?

So think of it this way, when you apply your foundation is it wet? Some foundations will set to a powder finish, however the majority of foundations will remain sticky and this is why you need to use a powder to lock it into place.

When your foundation is dry it makes application of bronzer and blush a lot easier.


Will powder make my fine lines stand out more?

Another good question, unfortunately there is no magic wand that we can wave to make fine lines disappear. It is important to set your under eye area as soon as you apply concealer, to avoid it settling into fine lines and wrinkles. Setting your under eyes will make sure your concealer will be able to do its job, (which is usually to brighten the area and conceal any darkness) all day without fading.

What would you recommend?

Depending on your skin type you will need different types of powders. For someone who has mature skin, you might be more comfortable using a pressed powder. This can often be easy to apply and you wont be as tempted to go over board and apply too much.

For an oily skin I would use a translucent powder and plenty of it, paying particular attention to the t-zone area. A translucent powder will not add any extra colour to your face or alter the appearance of your base, which some pressed powders with pigment can. If your skin is very oily you may wish to use both a pressed powder and a translucent powder. A pressed powder is also good for touching up your makeup during the day if you find oils breaking through.

How can I learn how to do this?

I offer 1-1 lessons that are catered exactly to you and your skin type. Every single person is so different and if you would like to know which products are best for your skin and learn techniques on how to apply these products, then I highly recommend a lesson. You will leave with all the skills and knowledge to apply a full face of makeup. I offer the lessons in my home salon and at Fab Beauty Salon in the Armagh City Hotel.

The top 3 that I would recommend are:

Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

This is probably my all time favourite, as you can see by how much of this has been used. I use this for my bridal parties as it is the most soft, finely milled powder and it leaves a flawless finish. With no flash back, your photos will look absolutely flawless.

This product is £29.

Airspun Translucent Powder

Next up we have this product which I initially tried based on the recommendation from makeup artist LMD. This is the most used powder in my kit and my clients usually comment on how they love the smell of it. It is very similar to the Laura Mercier powder, however it is a cheaper version and I use this on myself every day. This powder can be purchased from Amazon or the LMD wesbite for approximately £14. There are different shades in this powder and I use the translucent one, which of course is colourless. You will require a fluffy brush for applying this product and as an oily skin victim, I layer up on my nose and chin in particular.


MAC Studio Fix Powder

The perfect addition to your handbag for on the go touch ups. What I love about this product is that it has a medium, build-able coverage and you can select them based on the colour of your foundation. So if you happen to rub off some makeup during the day, or your base starts to wear off, this powder is amazing. As you can see from the photo, mine is well loved and I continue to repurchase this product time and time again. In my opinion this powder is great for all skin types, it is easy to use and you cant go wrong.

You can find this in Debenhams or on the MAC website and is approximately £24.50.


As usual, I could chat all day about different powders and over time I will definitely feature others. My one piece of advice is to NEVER skip this step and you will find that it will make such a difference to the longevity of your makeup.


I hope you enjoyed this post.

Love, Sarah

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