Q&A: Makeup Bases 101

February 16, 2006

For Sarah. Enjoy!

What Are Makeup Bases?
Makeup bases are bascially primers that are meant to be used before foundation. Their key function is to even out the texture of the skin, correct skin tone irregularities, enhance the durability of foundation and minimize your pores.

Makeup bases can come in many different colors. You should pick one depending on your skin type and concern.

Green – to counteract redness. Good for acne-prone and sensitive skin types.

Purple – to counteract sallowness.

Blue – to enhance translucency and brighten up skin tone.

Pink – to add warmth to the complexion. Great for those with pale skin.

White – for highlighting. Can be used on the bridge of your nose, on the cheekbones, forehead and chin.

Bronze – for contouring. Can be used on the hollows of the cheeks, along the sides of the nose and outer edge of the face.

Product Recommendations:

*RMK Liquid Makeup Base (~$45)
*Laura Mercier Foundation Primer ($30)
*Laneige Moisture Fitting Base ($23)

Tip On Using Makeup Bases: Try not to wear makeup bases alone. Wear it under foundation or powder or mix it with foundation for a more natural look.


  • Reply Anonymous February 17, 2006 at 12:09 am

    is there anything from MAC you would recommend?

    also, do you know if MAC sells anything you can mix eyeshadow with so that it won’t fade?

  • Reply Phyllis February 17, 2006 at 11:03 am

    MAC does make a mixing medium that can be used with eyeshadows to make them last longer – I wrote an entry about this last month (it’s under Solution to fading eyeshadow)

    As for primers, MAC just came out with one that’s called Prep+Prime Skin. It retails $24 and I have heard good things about it too.

  • Reply sarah February 18, 2006 at 5:34 am

    thank you so much! my skin’s not very fair.. im using loreal true match liquid foundation in G3 and ZA two way foundation in 33. Would you reccomend i use the pink base? or would there be a more suitable one for me?

    once again, thanks so much for this entry and all the others!!!

  • Reply Anonymous January 19, 2007 at 2:01 am

    i love your blog! i’m so glad to see a guide written by an asian woman because it’s so difficult to find products that match my skintone well
    keep it up!
    what about smashbox’s foundation primer?
    i have it, but i must be applying it wrong because i never quite feel the difference

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