With so many luxe foundations lining the beauty shelves, choosing the perfect base can be a bit intimidating.

From light reflecting multi-taskers to oil-free mattifiers, the choice is seemingly endless.

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But in this instance, an abundance of options is no bad thing. If you want to create a perfectly balanced base, a perfect skin match is vital.

And it isn’t just matching your skin colour that’s important, you’ll also need to take your skin type into consideration.

After all, there’s no point opting for an ultra-rich mousse foundation if your skin is overly oily.

And you won’t want a super-matte powder if you suffer from dry or sensitive skin.

So make sure you shop around and try out lots of different products before settling on a base.

That’s the advice from celebrity make-up artist Louise Young.

“When it comes to creating a perfectly balanced base, you’ll want to choose a light textured base in the same shade as your skin,” says Louise, who recommends combining products to achieve a flawless complexion.

“Conceal under the eyes with a cream concealer such as MAC Studio Finish.

“As long as the concealer matches your skin colour, any blemishes can be concealed using a brush.

“For foundation, I like Clinique Superbalanced Foundation and Chanel Vitalumiere.

“I apply it using my LY34 Super Foundation brush as it applies and buffs the foundation in one go to leave a sheer, beautiful finish.

“Next apply a cream blush to the cheek bones,” she advises.

“You can use a foundation brush for this and you’ll be able to blend the blush seamlessly into the base. I recommend Paul and Joe’s Creamy Cheek Powder.

“Finish off by applying a light colourless powder all over the face,” Louise adds. – © COVER MEDIA