With the festive season well and truly over I’ve been ditching a lot of my make-up and going back to the sheer basics. I’m definitely one who likes to play around with various eyeshadow combinations, as well as loving a good statement lip time to time, but recently I’ve been focussing on getting my base right – much to the help of some certain products.
Starting off with a primer, I’ve been reaching almost every day for the BECCA Radiance Primer which is perfect for those mornings where my skin is looking a little dull, as it adds a subtle luminosity to my face. It also helps guide my foundation over the drier patches of skin, where products tend to gather around my nose and forehead. Talking about foundation, while I do tend to switch it up now and then, one I’ve found myself going back to time and time again is the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in Light Porcelain. It gives me a medium-coverage on the dewy side, which is exactly what I go for, and with the Zoeva Silk Finish Brush blends wonderfully into a flawless finish.
Concealer-wise, I’ve been trying a few other drugstore offerings, and discovered the SEVENTEEN Stay Time Concealer which I’ve found perfect for concealing both under-eye darkness and blemishes. Much like the widely-hyped Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, this gives a good coverage and is available in a shade which light enough for my complexion (and doesn’t tend to oxidise darker throughout the day like some do). The main difference between this concealer and the Collection one is that the consistency of this product is much lighter, meaning it doesn’t tend to look cakey if you’re a little heavy-handed.
I like to set this all down with a powder, normally whichever is closest to hand – namely the infamous Rimmel Stay Matte (not-pictured). Although it does a great job of mattifying the skin, I do find it can stick to my dry skin sometimes, and I’ll be definitely be trying some other powders out over the next few months. If you’d have said to me a year ago I’d be wearing a bronzer on a daily basis, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. However, a few months back at an event, I ended up picking up The Body Shop Honey Bronzer after reading many rave views. Admittedly, I had my doubts (mainly due to how pale my skin is) but along with the Real Techniques Duo-Fibre Face Brush, I’ve found it perfect for adding that little bit of warmth into my skin. I apply it lightly in a 3-shaped motion through my temples, cheekbones and jaw which adds shape to my face. Adding some colour, I’ve been reaching for a Clarins Face and Blush powder (linked similar) on a daily basis, which gives a natural flush to the cheeks. Nothing too obvious, but it gives that healthy glow that my skin tends to lack. And if I’m looking extra dull, a light dusting of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade over the tops of my cheekbones and under my brow always does the trick.
Which base products do you use on a daily basis?