13 Steps to Flawless Skin, Part 2 – Base, Set, Spray!

Surprise ! It’s another Saturday post! I’ve gone ahead and assumed, once again, that we’ll all be very busy celebrating tomorrow night. I’ll be travelling up to the Midlands for a party, so now is the perfect time to take you through the final steps I’ll be taking to keep my face flawless all night.

For my skincare routine, check out Part 1 if you haven’t read it yet!

9 Foundation

Unless I’m doing an eye look involving a product with a lot of fallout (glitter, I’m looking right at you), foundation is my first step after primer, especially for cosplay. I like how it creates a perfect blank canvas to draw on the face for the character of the day.

Last year I started using the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation Stick after I started watching Nikkietutorials on YouTube, and I can’t imagine using anything else now . It leaves me feeling like I’m made of plastic. Seriously, I swipe it all over my face, blend it out with my Real Techniques sponge, and the coverage and finish leave me looking like a Barbie. It’s an expensive one that I keep only for special occasions, but it is so worth it.

10 Concealer

For those extra stubborn spots or dark circles, I go in with concealer next. I was initially using the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, but it was disturbing the foundation when I tried to blend it out. I switched to the MAC Studio Finish Concealer instead and it’s the perfect combination for the high coverage finish I want. I apply it to my face using my Sephora Concealer Brush, then blend out using the RT sponge until I look extra plastic.

11 Powder – Baking

I’m sure by now you’ve seen baking all over the Internet: you apply a heavy amount of powder to certain areas of your face with a sponge, then let it sit for a while, and finally dust off the excess to prevent creasing. I like to do this on what I would consider my problem areas, which means anywhere the foundation tends to wear off first.

Using my sponge again, I take a good amount of RCMA No Colour Powder, and press it into my undereyes, all around my nose, and my cheeks. I find it really helps to set things in place and prolong the wear of my makeup, plus it really has no colour, so it won’t leave you yellow/orange like other so called translucent powders if you are always the lightest shade of foundation like me!

12 Powder – All over

The next step is technically filling in my brows while I wait for the bake to set up, but that’s a whole other post in itself, so I’ll keep it for another day. Once I’ve filled them in, I use a duo fibre brush from eBay to brush away the excess powder I applied earlier. Then, I go back into the RCMA powder, and I dust on some more over the areas I didn’t bake, leaving me like a perfect, powder (and browed up) canvas, ready to start the rest of my makeup.

13 Setting spray

But wait, there’s more! “What?” I hear you say. “How could there possibly be anything else to do before finally moving on to the rest of your makeup!? We’ve gone through 12 steps!” Well, don’t worry, this one’s only a quick one. I only introduced it to my routine in the last few months, but I find it does help keep things in place that little bit longer.

The RCMA powder tends to leave me looking like a bit of a cake face, so I like to smooth things out before I move on. So I’ve started spraying on a layer of Freedom’s Pro Studio Fixing Spray, which helps merge the layers in together and get rid of the powdery look. I also use it again once I’ve finished with the of my look, but I feel like spraying it on at this point really helps seek my base in.

And that’s it for my steps to a flawless face! From here, it’s usually eyes next, then contouring (I highly recommend the NYX HD Blush in Taupe if you haven’t tried it already, I use it everyday), maybe bronzer, blush, and highlighter. I then finish it all off with my lips and another go with the setting spray, and I’m ready to go out! I think I’ve really perfected my full coverage routine, and I have had makeup last from the morning well into the night when using these steps! Here’s the look I did for Christmas Eve using all the steps (full list of products if on my Instagram).

I hope you found this helpful on your quest to achieve a flawless face! Let me know what you love using when you need your makeup to look perfect for hours in the comments!