Many of us love a good snatched look on instagram,  but sometimes wonder, ‘how do I get my makeup to look like that?’’ or ‘I don’t even know what product that is’. And I’m here to answer all those questions you have when walking into Sephora. The first thing many of us struggle with is finding a good primer and foundation duo that works well with your skin.

Primers

There are different types of primers out there for different types of skin. Gel primers like the Milk Hydro Grip Primer, are good for all skin tones and types. This primer gives you a dewy look once applied, and can be worn by itself or will hold your makeup in place all day.

Silicone primers go on a little differently, and tend to feel more creamy when applying to the skin. The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer helps with dryness, dullness, and minimizes pores.

Foundation

When it comes to foundation, the first question to ask is how much coverage are you looking for? Do you want a full coverage moment that will cover up all your impurities? Or do you want to look more natural and highlight your fresh skin? There are 3 types of coverage, light coverage, medium coverage, and full coverage.

Light coverage is great if you want that natural look that feels lightweight on the skin. If this is what you want to achieve, a BB or CC cream is what you should be looking for. Both of these will give you that barely there makeup look, and a CC cream will give you a little bit more coverage for those tougher dark spots. It Cosmetics has a great CC Cream that has SPF 50 so you don’t have to add sunscreen into your daily routine.

Medium coverage is ideal for building the perfect day to night look. These typically are very buildable where you can create a light layer or build on problem areas for coverage. Urban Decay’s Stay Naked Weightless Foundation is great for all day wear, and it is my go-to favorite right now.

Full Coverage is when you really want a blank canvas to work with. This is the foundation you use when you want to hide every blemish and freckle. Most people use this type of foundation for photoshoots and special events. Nars’s Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation is the perfect foundation to build a blank canvas to create a flawless look for any special occasion.

Whether you are looking for a natural beauty routine, or ready to step up your glam, this is the first step in executing that perfect base for any look you are going to create. What primer/foundation combo are you looking for? Comment below!