Of all the mistakes you can make while putting on your makeup, messing up your base is the worst! Blending and setting your foundation right is an art, and it takes time and patience to get that flawless looking skin. From picking the right tool and makeup to treating your skin right — there’s no shortcut to creating a flawless base.

So, keep your pen and paper ready and start taking notes, for we have mapped out five simple steps to achieve a flawless base for an Insta-ready look!


Step #1: Cleanse, tone and moisturise

Step #1: Cleanse, tone and moisturise

The golden rule for healthy, hydrated skin is to cleanse, tone and moisturise. Dry and dehydrated skin will make your makeup appear patchy and uneven. So, to make your base perfect, you first need to start by following your basic CTM routine. Start off with cleansing your skin with a mild, soap-free cleanser like Simple Kind To Skin Moisturising Facial Wash to remove impurities and dirt. Follow it up with the Lakmé Absolute Pore Fix Toner; it helps clean your skin further and tightens your pores. Finish it up with a light moisturiser like the Ponds Light Moisturiser Non-Oily Fresh Feel With Vitamin E + Glycerine to hydrate and moisturise your skin. Regularly following this routine will help you get soft and supple skin, basically, the perfect canvas for flawless makeup!


Step #2: Prime it up

Step #2: Prime it up

After prepping your skin, you need to layer your face with a primer. Go for a gel-based primer like the Lakmé Absolute Undercover Gel Primer. Enriched with Vitamin E, this primer smooths your skin and covers up blemishes, giving you a clean canvas to apply your foundation. It also makes your makeup last longer, so never skip this step!


Step #3: Apply your foundation

Step 3: Apply your foundation

Now comes the fun part — applying your foundation. Take a full coverage foundation like the Lakmé 9 to 5 Primer + Matte Perfect Cover Foundation and dot it all over your face and neck. Then, using a foundation brush or damp beauty sponge, blend the foundation outwards — towards your ears. This will help you create a flawless, streak-free base. This Lakmé foundation comes in 16 shades that flatter all Indian skin tones, so you don’t have to worry about finding your perfect match.


Step #4: Don’t forget the concealer

Step 4: Don’t forget the concealer

Still, have stubborn blemishes peeking through? You need a good concealer like the Lakmé Absolute White Intense Concealer Stick. This concealer comes in three shades and contains SPF 20, helping you conceal all the blemishes, dark circles and covering up all the discolouration on your face while also protecting it against sun damage. Apply it only on the areas you need extra coverage, like the undereye area and on spots and blemishes.


Step #5: Set it with the setting powder

Step 5: Set it with the setting powder

For the last step, all you need to do is apply a thin layer of translucent setting powder. The powder helps increase the longevity of the base as it helps set the foundation and soaks away the excess makeup, giving you a natural finish. Go for the Lakmé 9to5 Naturale Finishing Powder for this step. This lightweight finishing powder is infused with aloe vera and green tea extracts that soak up excess oil on the face. Take a large fluffy brush, swirl in the tub and gently dust it all over your face to set your base. Pro tip: If you are willing to go that extra mile for a flawless base, you’ve gotta try the viral K-beauty trend — jamsu. All you need to do is follow all the above steps and then just dunk your face in ice-cold water for 15-20 seconds and that’s it! The cold water helps remove excess makeup while closing up your pores and hydrating your skin. This trend has even Bella Hadid vouching for it, so why not give it a try!