It really is all about that base – no makeup look is complete without a flawless base. You can have the most beautiful smokey eyes, perfect winged liner or stunningly painted lips, but if your foundation isn’t up to par it just isn’t the same. As someone with large pores, congested and blemished skin, it can be fairly difficult to get the coverage and finish I need, so when I find a winning product I generally stick with it. I am not a MUA nor do I even think I am that great at makeup, but I love to have a play and experiment. These are my current favourite base products and the steps I go through to get my desired results. Let me know if you have any tips 🙂
A light moisturiser is the perfect way to prepare your face for the day. I prefer something very thin, light weight and super quick to absorb. I have limited time in the morning and don’t want to wait around for my moisturiser to sink in, nor do I want it to ball up while applying foundation. Lately I have been obsessed with Scout Cosmetics Organic Pomegranate and White Tea Rejuvenating Creme. Full of beautiful calming ingredients, this soft creme sinks in so quickly and leaves my face feeling so fresh. Plus it fights free radical damage and is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammitory. An honourable mention also goes to Clinique ….. This moisturiser has a bit of a cult following and for good reason. It’s light yet super hydrating and non-irritating. Perfect for under makeup.
The second step in my routine is a primer. I am completely obsessed with primers, I think I own more primers than I do foundations. My all time favourite primer has got to be the Hourglass Mineral Veil. This primer melts right into the skin and instantly fills fine lines, large pores and leaves the skin silky smooth. Mineral Veil has a satin finish while preventing shine, it also makes my foundation last allllllll day. Another favourite is the Stila One Step Correct primer. This interesting primer colour-corrects, brightens and covers blemishes. It is a gel consistency and leaves skin looking and feeling healthier. I often use this alone on make up free days. I would also like to mention the Touch In Sol primers which are another love of mine. You can find more information on these here.
If I am applying a full face of makeup, I will colour correct. Otherwise I skip this step completely. I really love the Innoxa Cover & Correct palette for this job. The formula is creamy, really pigmented and has the really good range of colours. I will use the purple or peach around my eye area to disguise sallowness or gray tones. I also use the green corrector to cover up any redness – especially around the sides of my nose. I like to blend these out with a damp BeautyBlender.
Now my skin is prepared and is the best canvas for foundation application. I have quite a few foundations on rotation and I pick one that suits my wants and needs for the day. Estee Lauder Double Wear, Loreal Lumi Magique and …… are the foundations that I reach for the most. My method of application also changes daily depending on my preferences. At times I use a BeautyBlender, Buffing Brush or just my fingers to apply my foundations. I like to experiment to find what base works best with which tool and I find that this differs for each person.
Next I apply concealer to highlight. I don’t generally like to apply concealer to blemishes, I think that usually the foundation does a good enough job at covering these. So I tend to go for a concealer quite a few colours lighter than my skin tone. My current favourite is the Nude By Nature Mineral Concealer. This concealer is creamy and blends so well. If it is set correctly it doesn’t crease or move throughout the day. I would also like to give an honourable mention to NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and the Thin Lizzy Concealer Creme. During this stage I also add in a cream contour, If I am going for a full face of makeup. I have been using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour palette for over a year now and I am still obsessed with it. I love the cream consistency and the shades. The Australis Cosmetics version is a great budget-friendly dupe. I like to blend out the highlight and contour with a damp Beauty Blender as well. Blend and blend until your arms get sore.
Next up is probably my favourite step – I have no idea why but baking just makes me happy. I love baking to set my under-eye area and clean up my contour. I love to use the Coty Airspun powder. It is so finely milled and works so well at setting and creating an airbrushed look. If I am not baking, then I will set my under eye with Australis Banana Powder or the yellow shade in the Chi Chi Cosmetics Highlighting and Contour palette. If I used a cream contour then now I will also layer that with a powder contour. My all time favourite is the Too Faced Chocolate Soliel and the beautiful shades in the Chi Chi palette.
I then apply the rest of my make-up (eyeshadows, eyebrows, blush, highlight etc) and brush off the baking powder when finished. Lastly I use a setting spray to remove excess powder and set all that hard work in place. I love the Urban Decay All-Nighter Spray or old trusty, Mac Fix+
Do you have similar favourite base products?
Until next time,