I have gone through, tried and tested, lots and lots of foundations on my journey towards finding what works best with my skin type and complexion. My younger self caked it on and wore an unnecessary amount of BareMinerals mineral powder. My 20-year-old self did without under-eye concealer [when really, I could have used it]. Now, at 26 [and a half] I believe I have found my perfect concoction of products that cover and perfect, add a sheen [not shine] and most importantly – keep my skin looking like skin.
After applying my moisturizer, Aveeno Daily Moistizing Lotion, I take a pea-sized amount of Laura Mercier Radiance Primer, and massage it into my skin, concentrating on my cheeks. This illuminating product makes skin appear dewey, without looking greasy or shine-y. Another major plus? Despite having sensitive, combination skin, this primer has never caused me to break out, nor has it made my foundation slip or wear off sooner than it would if I hadn’t applied it.
For foundation I have been absolutely loving my YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation [L’Oreal True Match and Revlon Nearly Naked are great drugstore alternatives]. I only need a pump of this super blendable formula, and apply it with either fingertips, or a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. What I love most about this formula is that it adds a glow to the skin, while providing excellent coverage. It never appears blotchy, and takes only seconds to blend for a seamless finish [seriously]. For my under-eyes, and blemishes if I’m having a bad skin day, the L’Oreal True Match Concealer has been my jam. Amelia Liana turned me on to this concealer, and I am so glad I listened to her when she said this stuff is great. Like the foundation, this concealer is uber blendable, and provides excellent coverage; it completely takes out blue tones and dark circles, and never leaves my skin feeling dry. It is also the perfect size to throw in a handbag for quick touch-ups throughout the day.
Phew, ok. So I just mentioned a few creamy, glow-y products – time to ensure that glow won’t turn into full-on shine a few hours into the day. To keep shine at bay my powder of choice is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light, which I apply with a Real Techniques Buffing Brush. I have yet to come across a powder that blurs lines and pores, and overall perfects skin without looking powder-y or too matte as good as this one does. To apply, I swirl my blush into the product, and press it onto my face, concentrating on the t-zone area.
Which products do you use to create your perfect base?