“Base” is a term commonly used to refer to makeup that is applied to the face before any color cosmetics, such as blush or eyeshadow, are applied. Base makeup serves to create a smooth, even, and flawless canvas for the rest of the makeup to be applied on. The most common types of base makeup include foundation, BB cream, CC cream, and tinted moisturizer. Each of these products has its own unique qualities and is designed to cater to different skin types and needs.

Foundation comes in a variety of formulations, including liquid, powder, cream, and stick. Its primary function is to even out the skin tone and create an even base that covers blemishes, scars, and more. BB cream, short for “blemish balm” or “beauty balm,” is a lighter version of foundation. It often includes skincare ingredients such as moisturizers, SPF, and antioxidants. BB cream is designed to provide coverage while also nourishing the skin. CC cream, short for “color-correcting,” is similar to BB cream, but with the added benefit of color correction. It can help to neutralize redness or sallowness in the skin, providing a more even tone, making it a great pick for those who have rosacea. Tinted moisturizer is a lightweight formula that combines the benefits of a moisturizer with a touch of color to even out the skin tone. It is ideal for those who prefer a more natural, “no-makeup” makeup look.

Regardless of the type of base makeup chosen, it is important to select a shade that matches the skin tone and undertone. This will ensure that the makeup looks natural and seamless on the skin.