I’m usually a “find a makeup base which you love and stick to it” kind of gal, which is why you’ll always find a bottle of Revlon Colorstay and a Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer kicking around my makeup bag because they’re my proven go to products to get a flawless and high coverage base for whatever makeup look I’m trying to achieve.
Just lately my skin has been absolutely diabolical and has been repelling my usual make up routine, so I’ve been shopping my stash and in doing so I have come up with a quadruplet of products which are working really well at giving me a makeup base which lasts an entire day at work (the timate test).
I’ve been using this Soap and Glory “Bright Here, Bright Now ” for just over a year now and I use it after my normal moisturiser has absorbed as a primer before foundation. It gives my skin a natural glow and I find that it blurs my pores giving me the perfect base to apply foundation. This GOSH X-Ceptional Wear foundation has been lurking in my makeup stash for a while after being reccomended it for its ultra paleness – I use the shade “Porcelain”. My skin seems to have adopted a super pale and almost ghostly hue after the winter months and even the palest of my usual foundations are coming up a shade too dark for me (this can be easily rectified by using the Stargazer White Foundation). This foundation is perfect for my oil prone skin. I wouldn’t recommend it for dry skin as it can cling to any dry patches if my skin isn’t properly moisturised. I’ve taken to applying all of my liquid foundation with this Beauty Blender “dupe” from Primark, for £1.50 and it does everything that I’d need from an egg shaped piece of sponge. I use the sponge slightly damp, apply foundation onto the back of my hand, pick up some product on the base of the sponge and then “bounce” it around my face to apply the foundation. I find it gives a really even coverage and because you’re sponging a layer ontop of the skin instead of working it into the skin like you would with a buffing brush, it means you can build coverage without the foundation becoming too cakey. I like to keep the coverage of this foundation quite light which also allows the “glow” from the Bright Here, Bright Now show through and I just cover any blemishes or redness with concealer. This Mavala Water Resistant Concealer (Light)* provides me with with good matte coverage and doesn’t budge – the colour also works perfectly with the pale foundation – a bit of a rareity. I tend to dab this on where I need the coverage and pat to blend with my finger or use the sponge again. I then set my T-Zone with the Matte Maker Powder in Classic Ivory from Maybelline in their palest shade with the Flat Kabuki (K80) brush from Sigma which I love for setting my make up (little trick there learnt from Miss Lowe).
Whether its the basic foundations of really contoured cheeks, a smokey eye and a neutral lip or a neutral eye with lashings of mascara, a flush of colour on the cheeks and a bright lip these 4 products give the perfect base for a whole host of make up looks.
I’ve been doing this + HD Brows + a sweep of blusher and the Soap and Glory “A Great Kisser” Lip Moisture Balm in Chocolate Cherry for my day to day minimal work make up.