Back To Basics · Makeup Application

Back To Basics – Step 2 & 3: Priming + Colour Correcting

Hello my lovelies πŸ˜‰

I hope you all are doing well! Today we are going to continue with our Back To Basics series. I do know it’s a day late, but I have been struck down with a cold and I am still recovering. I have combined step 2 and step 3 into this post so that you guys don’t have to wait another week for the next step πŸ™‚


Step 2: Priming

Once you have cleansed and moisturised your skin, give it a moment to settle. I know that applying a moisturiser gives the makeup something to cling to, but ensure that you do not go in with product before your moisturiser has fully absorbed into the skin, as it can cause it to slip and move which we don’t want.

The next step is to Prime. This step is one of the main factors in achieving a smooth and flawless finish that lasts all day.

There are primers for every skin type and concern:

Illuminating primers add glow and radiance to the makeup

Mattifying primers are for those that have oily skin. A mattifying primer will reduce shine and control sebum, this will keep you matte all day

Colour correcting primers are used to help deal with minor discolourations

Hydrating primers are for dry skin that needs the extra moisture

These are available at Dischem stores

Pore minimizing primers are for large pores, uneven skintone and texture

I have combination to oily skin, which means that some areas on my face are oily and some dry. I have large pores around my nose area and I have suffered from cystic acne which has caused very deep pitted cavities on my skin. I therefore go in with 2 primers. Firstly, I use one to give me a silky smooth canvas for my makeup. There are many that I enjoy, but if I had to name just one, it’s the L’Oreal Infallible Mattifying primer. Thereafter I use a pore minimizing/ blurring primer on my large pores and on those pitted cavities caused by my acne. For this, I love the Benefit Porefessional, but since I’m all out I’ve been using Cover FX blurring primer and I’ve gotten the same/similar results. When applying my pore minimizing primer I use a pressing, swiping motion, so that it “fills” every area that I need it to.

Once you have primed your skin you are ready for Step 3 πŸ™‚


Colour Correcting

The pertinent question is whether or not colour correcting is necessary??

If you have discoloration, hyper pigmentation, dark circles, dark spots or blemishes then colour correcting is for you…and if used correctly, it can help create a flawless makeup application. If you are blessed enough and don’t have any of these issues then there is really no need to use these because you would just be applying an extra layer of makeup for no reason.

The purpose of colour correcting is to neutralise an area. Every colour has a specific purpose:

Green: cancels out redness and is created for all skin tones.

Blue: neutralizes sallowness and is created for fair to light skin tones.

Pink: brightens dullness and is created for light skin tones.

Yellow: brightens dullness and is created for light to medium skin tones.

Apricot: neutralizes dark circles and is created for light to medium skin tones.

Red: neutralizes dark circles and is created for deep skin tones.

I did a post reviewing the Maybelline colour correcting pens which I highly recommend, if you want to check that out.


Once you have primed, you can then apply your corrector. Use a light layer. Remember, we are not trying to cover or hide anything at this point, we still have to use our foundation, concealer and powder. Going in with a big amount can affect your foundation colour, so use a very light hand. Colour correctors should only be used on the problem area. Pat the product in with your finger to blend and now we are ready to move on with the next step πŸ™‚

I hope you found this post to be helpful and informative. If you have any questions you can leave a comment or drop me a message on instagram or twitter and we can tackle them together πŸ˜‰



One thought on “Back To Basics – Step 2 & 3: Priming + Colour Correcting

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s