By Mary N. DiZazzo

It’s All About the Base ...

Ciao bella,

A New Year makes us all feel like brand new! New beginnings, clean slates, and new makeup with application techniques.

First up, I want to point out that I have been using a “primer” after my moisturizer and before my makeup (foundation) for years. It gives my skin a velvety base before applying my foundation. Primers fill in fine lines and dull imperfections, leaving a canvas to paint as you wish. Most primers are 20 or 30 SPF for sun screen. However, in summer I am au natural, only primer! No foundation.

Application of foundation has become important to achieve a smooth and even surface. Forget using your first two fingers to apply it! Naughty, naughty! My preference recently has been a sponge applicator with a handle. Easy to maneuver around the corners of the nose, and other places hard to get to ordinarily. I used to use a fine, plain makeup sponge shaped like a triangle. Both of these “tools” give a smooth and even look for seamless coverage. Try it damp for a dewier fi nish. Easy to clean with a few drops of Dawn.

I love my makeup brushes! They are great for powders for sweeping, tapping and swirling out to make skin tone even. Powder over foundation seals the deal of keeping makeup on and not sinking into your skin. Of course, moisturizer, primer, and foundation help to keep makeup from sinking, too. Foundation can also be applied with a “foundation brush” for even coverage. There are so many foundations out there. It’s all about what you’re looking for. A daytime or nighttime look. The most Flawless look you can achieve is a spray-on, air brush foundation! You can also try full-coverage, anti-aging formulas. (Test on your jaw line, not your wrist.) Get a glow on with luminous, sheer radiance for a subtle sheen, “a lit-from-within complexion” Visit your nearest cosmetic counter for a professional opinion on these tips.

Hint: Charlotte Tilbury is a fabulous makeup line. There are professional makeup artists on line to help you complete your new color palette. A new generation of makeup, how it’s applied and made to make you look your best at any age! Google it!

So my Glamazons, hope you’re New Year is going swell. Look your best and beautiful always!

Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America!

Mary N. DiZazzo-Trumbull

Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at Mary is a third-generation cosmetologist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or