There’s no denying it, makeup is synonymous to daily routine for us ladies.  Not only is it an extension of your #ootd, it’s also a great way to express yourself. The best part? You get a chance to make your finest features pop.

Here’s a rundown of the basic tricks of the trade for every skin type. Feel free to hold your kikay kits dearly.

1. Don’t skip the moisturizer

The temptation to forego this step runs high especially if you’ve got oily skin to boot. However, moisturizer is a key component to prepping the skin underneath your dolled up look. It instantly makes your skin look softer and fresher, coupled with a natural radiant glow. Lather on a small amount in gentle strokes onto your face. For better absorption, apply when face is still damp from a morning shower. NIVEA Creme is a bang-for-your-buck cult favorite that does the skin wonders.

2. A trusty primer is your friend

It’s the great wall between skin and makeup, becoming a mediator of sorts. The one-two punch it packs is as real as it gets. For one, it provides a smoother skin surface which allows makeup to glide effortlessly. Then, it does its magic and prolongs makeup’s wear even further. Be careful to choose a specific primer type depending on your skin type. For instance, illuminating primers work best for normal skin types and make for that trendy dewy finish. Meanwhile, dry skin types need hydrating cream-type primers with a very light texture. Combination skin should take note to only purchase neutral primers that balance things out. Oily skin, however, thrives in mattified anything and primers are no different (Maybelline’s Baby Skin Pore Eraser is your best bet).

3. When choosing your foundation shade, test it on the right spot

Acing the base is often tricky and require lengthy trips to the beauty section. Word of caution: don’t match your foundation to your neck as it is often paler than the rest of your face. You don’t want to look chalky and unnatural, don’t you? Another common mistake is testing foundies on the back of your hand. This serves as an unreliable gauge since its shade don’t usually match with your face’s. It’s best to swipe it along your jawline. You’ll know you found the one when the foundation disappears seamlessly onto your skin. Try NYX’s Stay Matte But Not Flat liquid foundation lineup while you’re at it.

4. Be mindful when you conceal

There’s no one stop concealer for every need and every area. The phrase, “Different strokes for different folks” apply here, quite in its literal sense. When choosing concealer shade, keep in mind to use one that’s one to two shades lighter than your foundation. This serves the purpose of highlighting and adding clarity to your face for that luminous look. For extra coverage of dark spots and pimples, however, it’s important to choose a shade slightly darker than your skin tone. Lightening those dark under eye circles is a completely different feat too. While it’s ideal to use a corrector first, nothing eliminates panda eyes better than Snoe’s Concealing Me Softly line.

5. Locking in your makeup with setting powder goes a long way

To finish off your look, make sure you have a handy setting powder in tow. It seals the deal and blends everything together into a smooth polished consistency. However, it’s equally important to know the difference between setting powders to achieve this. While mineral powders give medium coverage, they tend to cake up when applied over foundation. Loose powders come in two forms: translucent and colored. The latter doubles as a corrector for tone and redness, and also brightens up the skin. The former doesn’t add extra coverage but is your safest bet if you’re not sure of which shade to pick out. Pressed powders give off just the right amount of coverage, are perfect for touch-ups throughout the day, and are fuss-free. Happy Skin’s Matte Of Your Dreams is an ideal kikay kit staple.

Now, go forth and put these tips to good use. Your makeup adventures await!

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