Beauty Basics: All About That Base – Part 1

It has recently been brought to my attention that my blog seems to feature a lot of makeup looks, makeup products and recommendations, but no instructions or background on how to use said products or any tips & tricks to my favourites..

So here we go with a new series of posts on TheMakeupMumma!
Over the next month or so, I’m going to be going in depth with instructions, self-application tips and posting some short videos on instagram on how to use some of my favourites.

First up, BASE Part 1!

Today we’re talking about everything from skincare and skin prep (before and after makeup wear) and the best tools for these products.

Looking after your skin HAS to be your number 1 priority, especially if you are a regular makeup wearer like me. Not only do I use a number of products under my foundation, I also have an extensive skincare routine morning and night, as well as weekly masks and makeup free days for my skin to breathe.


Knowing you skin type is key, my best advise is to really feel around your face, become familiar with all the lumps and bumps, all the texture and how it all feels (with clean hands of course).

Do you feel dry anywhere? Around your nose, under your eyes, maybe around your chin?
Do you feel oily anywhere? Forehead, on the bridge of your nose, on your cheeks?
Where do you seem to have the most texture? Forehead, cheeks, chin, etc?

If you’re still a little unsure, another trick is to use some blotting paper on your clean skin. Pat it around your face and see if it picks up any oil.
If there is no oil anywhere on your face, you’re highly likely to have dry skin.
If you only pick up oil on your forehead and nose, you have normal/combination skin.
Or if you collect oil from all over your face, you guessed it, oily skin.

Adjacent to your ‘skin type‘ is also whether or not you have Sensitive skin.
Now you would most likely know this already, as whether or not you get irritated easily, end up red or itchy after using a new product or just all round have sensitive skin on your body, your face will most likely be the same.

Now that you know your skin type, we can move onto Skincare.



Your skin type will determine all the skincare products that are best for your skin, but there are also a lot of universal products on the market as well.

Now when it comes to products, for a regular makeup wearer, at minimum, each person should be using a daily cleanser, moisturiser and an eye cream. A gentle weekly exfoliant is also a must in my opinion!

My sensitive skin girls/guys, always lean towards the hypoallergenic products and anything with no perfumes or irritants in them.

Oily skin and combination skin girls/guys, mattifying products will be your best friend, even if it is just in your t-zone.

And lastly, my dry skin girl/guys, hydration! hydration! hydration! – anything that says it has high hydration, high moisturising or any kind of milky texture, you’re on the right track!


Of course, following the instructions on the product label is always your best bet when it comes to skincare. Personally, I love using my hands with my skincare (clean of course) – mostly because it helps warm up the products, and melt into the skin with all your own natural oils.
If you feel more comfortable, use a flat foundation brush to apply each layer.
And always leave time between each product for them to soak in completely to get the full effect! 🙂

Tahlia’s Skincare:

Morning and night, I use

Makeup Remover: Face Halo
Cleanser: GlamGlow YouthCleanse
Serum: Esmi Skin Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum
Moisturiser: Simple Water Booster Facial Moisturiser
Eye Cream: Mario Badescu Glycolic Eye Cream

Every other day, I use...

A hydrating mask: GlamGlow ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment
Exfoliator Pads: Dr Dennis Gross Extra Strength Exfoliator Pads

Weekly, typically on a Sunday night, I will use

A sheet mask: Mecca Cosmetica Lit From Within Sheet Mask
Eye Gel mask: Mecca Cosmetica Bright Eyed Mask


The final step to creating a perfect base for your foundation and face products to sit on is your skin prep. I’m talking serums, primers, sprays etc.

When it comes to products you put under your foundation, you’ve got to be careful that what you do use isn’t going to disrupt the consistency of the products you lay on top. I have had a few experiences where this has occurred. But also, as long as you leave plenty of time for those products to completely soak in and be absorbed by your skin, you should be good to go!

Keeping your skin type in mind, try to reach for products that are going to give you your desired result.
Do you want your foundation to look glowy and dewy or completely matte? Low coverage and natural? Full coverage and glam?


For a glowy and dewy look, or a natural look – Reach for products such as hydrating serums and illuminating primers, maybe a glowy setting spray.
For a completely matte look – Obviously reach for mattifying primers and setting sprays.


Again, just like my skincare, I much prefer the use of my hands to melt everything deep into the skin for the best result possible. Especially when trying to achieve a more natural look.
If you’re looking for a more full coverage look, using a brush to pack on the product is probably a better method for you.

Tahlia’s Skin Prep:

My skin prep (after my skincare) consists of 2 products, a primer and a setting spray. But the specific ones that I actually use tend to vary day-to-day and weekly. I have a huge array of primers and setting sprays that I love. I’ll give you a sneak peak of my current faves..

Mecca Cosmetica Illuminating Primer
Marc Jacobs Coconut Primer
MAC Strobe Cream
NARS Radiance Primer

Setting Sprays:
MAC Fix + Prep & Prime
Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray
Urban Decay All Nighter
Mecca Cosmetica Skin Perfecting Spray

Keep your eyes peeled on my instagram for  a clip of me using all my skincare and skin prep prior to putting on makeup 🙂

I hope you guys enjoyed a little bit more of a ‘tutorial’ style blog today.
Let me know what you think in the comments below or via my socials <3

Stay tuned, next Sunday is All About That Base Part 2: Foundation & Concealer


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