Beauty School: #NoPhotoshop Picture Perfect Base Makeup

Note: This is a non-sponsored post and I bought everything here with my own money.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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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Choosing fragrances that lasts

Don’t you get frustrated when the scent you were wearing faded just moments after you walked out of the house?

But don’t you drown yourself in the whole bottle of perfume just to make it last longer! 😦

It is important to look out for the concentration level of aromatic compounds when looking for a perfume that lasts. The concentration level present in a solvent determines the intensity and longevity of the fragrance.

For those who are new to perfumes, these are the three basic perfume classification to help you to look out for lasting fragrances:

1. Body Mist
2. Eau de Toilette (EdT)
3. Eau de Parfum (EdP)


Body Mist or Perfume Mist contains approximately 3-8% of aromatic compounds and only lasts for maximum 2 hours.

Eau de Toilette, commonly known as EdT for short, contains 5-15% of aromatic compounds that lasts for maximum 4 hours.

Eau de Parfum, or EdP for short, contains a higher concentration level of 10-20% that lasts for maximum 6 hours.

Next time when you are buying fragrances as a gift for your friend, remember to look out the perfume classification on the packaging. 😉

How to: Paint Beautiful Nails without Help

Every girls loves painting their nails, but because they can’t even coat their nails themselves, they choose to go to the manicurist to do it.

I love painting my nails too but manicures are expensive so I rather do it at home. But of course I can’t paint fanciful designs but at least I learned how to coat my nails without making a huge mess outside my nail beds!

It’s quite difficult not to make mistakes and paint on our nail cuticles. Especially because we are not mixed-handedness, it’s hard to paint on our dominance hand. Personally I am left handed, but I still paint ok using my right hand because there’s a trick to it!

Prevent Painting Mistakes

My trick is to use lip balm! I bought a lot of lip balms so I use those that I don’t use anymore to coat my fingers, areas such as cuticles and around my nail beds. This creates a sort of barrier between the finger and the lacquer! Then you can start coloring your nails however you want and don’t have to worrying about making mistakes!

Vaseline works too btw. Lip balms are cheaper. Hahaha.

Mistake correction

Using a Q Tip (picture above), dip into the nail polish remover and gently rub it on the fingers that has lacquer on it. With the lip balm applied before painting, removing becomes easier as the lacquer would be removed in huge flakes!

Quick Drying

When everything is done, run your fingers under cold tap water (you can soak them in if you want) to harden the nail polish so that it dries faster! I love this method because I always paint my nails before I sleep, and I ruin my nails every time I sleep.

Also remember to use good nail polishes. Don’t ever buy nail polishes from Aries or Chameleon. Those nail polishes are very easily spoilt and gets all gluey after awhile. I like using Face Shop’s nail polishes because they are cheap ($2.90 only. Nature Republic has cheaper ones, I bought some but haven’t tried it yet)! Even though it is quite thin, but at least you get an even coat!

And viola! Painting nails can be such a breeze!

How To: choose beauty products wisely

In trying to clear the plaguing acne problems , I came to realise that there are certain product ingredients that are commonly used in our daily skincare products and should be avoided to prevent skin irritations. I must say that when I started to avoid these altogether, my skin is recovering faster and getting lesser breakouts!

1. Alcohol
When exposed to long term usage of products that contains alcohol, skin would be drying and irritated as it strips off moisture in our skin. Avoid cleansers, makeup removers, sunblocks or anything that contains alcohol (especially if it’s listed in the first 5 ingredients).

SLS stands for Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and SLES stands for Sodium Laureth Sulfate. They are foaming agents and therefore used widely in products that foams. These ingredients dissolves oil in our skin, therefore it is very drying and causes irritation.

3. Isopropyl myristate
Quote from wikipedia, “Isopropyl myristate is used in cosmetic and topical medicinal preparations where good absorption through the skin is desired.”

This ingredient is a synthetic oil that are often used as a moisturizing ingredient, but it can clog pores and cause skin irritation. Therefore it is considered to be comodogenic. Acne sufferers, please avoid it.

4. Isopropyl palmitate
Derived from palm oil and it maybe used as a binding agent or make the skin soft and smooth. But it can deprive skin from getting oxygen and clog pores! Also avoid anything that states “palmitate” as it is mildly irritating as well.

5. Myristyl myristate
It is a skin conditioning agent and gives products a white and glossy look. However it is listed as a strong human irritant and can cause breakouts.

Try to memorise all these chemical names and look carefully at the ingredients list when shopping for a new skincare product!

p/s: My apologies for flooding my blog with sponsored reviews and advertorials. Life isn’t as exciting recently as I’ve already graduated and staying home being an ultimate lazy bum. And due to the scholarship interviews, getting a job is not an option now because no one wants to hire someone who works for few months and quit because she is going overseas.

There will be more sponsored reviews for the time being so please bear with me! I’ll write more articles to compensate the lack of exciting activities going on in my life. 🙂