Beauty School: #NoPhotoshop Picture Perfect Base Makeup

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This step-by-step tutorial is classified as part of the full makeup routine (without the eyes and lips), and it teaches you how to effectively sculpt a face for events and photographs. If you want to look good on photographs and in person without having to photoshop your photographs, then this tutorial is for you.

In order to effectively demonstrate this #NoPhotoshop effect, these photos are not edited or airbrushed on Photoshop.

1 copyPrep

Moisturiser helps to prep your skin for layers of makeup as it keeps your skin hydrated, prevent foundation from blocking pores and helps in the staying power of the foundation.

2 copyPrime

Primer works like a moisturiser by creating a layer to separate the foundation and your skin. Adding primer on top of the moisturiser helps to ensure your makeup stays longer on your skin.

These days, primers also comes in different colours to help even skin tone.

For example, people with redness and acne on the face can use a green primer as it helps cancel out redness on skin. Purple primer can use to brighten up our skin tone but should only be used on areas such as the t-zone instead of the entire face.

You can also choose primers that adhere to other needs such as minimise wrinkles and fine lines, or healing benefits for acne-prone skin.

I like to use a light and moisturising primer without a lot of silicon on my skin as silicon tends to break me out.

3 copyFoundation

If you own a liquid foundation or BB cream, it should come before applying concealer. However, the steps should be switched if you are using a powdered foundation instead.

A foundation helps to cover, conceal and evens out the texture of the skin.

BB cream is marketed as a makeup product with skincare benefits, therefore it is lighter and provide lesser coverage than a foundation.

Choose a foundation colour that matches your skin tone. Do not use shades lighter than your skin colour as it will “grey out” your skin. If you are unsure, ask a professional at the store for help.

Less is More

One rule to observe when using foundation/bb cream is to apply a thin layer on the skin, then add additional foundation on certain areas when you need extra coverage.

The same rule applies to powder foundation as it makes the makeup looks less cakey.


Use a patting motion whenever you apply any liquid items on your skin. Never swipe.

4 copyConceal

Concealers has a higher coverage than foundation and should only be used on area when you need extra coverage. It is not meant to replace a foundation, but you can also skip the foundation and spot conceal your skin instead for a lighter makeup look.

Concealers are also never meant to erase any spots or broken capillaries on your skin, but to lighten them.

Under eye concealer tends to be more moisturising than a regular concealer and can be used for the entire face as well.

Use a darker shade of concealer for contour + concealing, and a lighter shade for highlighting.


If you are using a liquid or cream based concealer on an acne prone skin with a lot of redness and marks to cover, use the pointy end of a beauty blender and dab on the concealer for quick concealing.

Do not use a swiping motion as you will “wipe off” any concealer you just applied.


Whenever you apply something liquid on your skin, use a powder to set it in place. Therefore, a setting powder is required to ensure your liquid foundation and concealer don’t settle into the fine lines or slide off your skin in the middle of the day.

For power foundation, this is not required as the foundation already act as a setting powder. Otherwise, you can use either a loose powder or finishing pact to set the makeup.

Loose powders can be applied lightly with a powder brush or with a sponge. On places where you’ve just concealed, use a sponge and roll the powder  onto those areas to effectively set them. Do not swipe (or even dab) with a brush as you might remove all your previous efforts to conceal.

Choose a finely milled powder for a natural look.

A good tip on application can be found here in this video:

7 copyBlush

Blusher helps to add colours back onto the face. Choose any blusher that you like and compliments your skin tone.

Apply blush on the area of your cheekbones, not on the apples of your cheek because this will give you a higher and lifted effect.


Start from the side of your face and work your way to the centre.

If your concealed areas happen to fall on the cheeks, use a light dabbing motion to pack the powder onto your skin instead of swiping them away.

8 copyContour

For a more defined look, contour your hollows of your cheeks. Contouring helps to sculpt the face and adds dimension to our skin. It can also help to give the illusion of a “slimmer” face because it acts as a shadow effect.


Use a brush and work your way from the side of the face to the centre. If you are unsure where your hollows of your cheeks are located, suck both sides of your cheeks together.

Lightly dab onto the skin for concealed areas and blend the harsh lines away.

If you want to give additional definition to your face, you can also contour the sides of your nose for a slimmer nose and the bottom of your lips for a poutier look.

9 copyHighlight

Highlighting adds shine back to the skin to give a dewy look, especially if you’ve a matte looking face. Light that hits the highlighted areas will reflect and gives the illusion of a much sculpted and defined face.

Hightlighting the cheekbones will make the the cheeks look much higher, and highlighting the bridge of the nose will make it look taller than it’s supposed to be.


Use a cream based highlighter and gently dab onto the areas you want to highlight. Then set it with a highlighter powder.


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