Monday, 14 May 2018

My Flawless Base Routine


I'll be the first to admit that my make-up never looks perfect. Although my phone often brushes over any creasing and cracking when I take photos, I am not one of those Instagram-worthy girls with a highlight to rival the sun and full lips that'll make Angeline Jolie jealous. However, I do have my base sussed most of the time. Although I'm still partial to trying new foundation and concealer products, I tend to rely on the same combination, with a lot of time and care, to help my skin look its best. 

In today's post, I thought I'd share the make-up and the tools I use that achieve that coveted, Instagram-worthy beauty look.

PRIMER

Firstly, you want to make sure that you prime. Although I'm not wholly convinced by face primers on the whole, I tend to use them anyway as they provide a smoother base for my foundation to go onto - even if they don't keep my make-up on for a huge amount longer. In the last year or so I've grown to not pin too much hope on primers, and I primarily use them to provide a nicer base for my other products, instead of expecting them to work miracle. Currently I use two Soap & Glory products - one being from the skincare section and the other from their make-up range. I apply The Fab Pore 3-in-1 Serum first, and then the One Heck of a Blot Primer on top. Both are quite similar to each other in texture and the result upon application, as they are both supposed to be mattifying, pore-shrinking products, but I don't see either of them as true holy grail products. I find the serum is a thinner consistency than the primer, but otherwise they are quite similar in nature. 

I apply both these products with my fingers as I always have done with primers - they aren't products that really needed blended in, so fingertips are sufficient enough to do the job.

COLOUR CORRECTION

Before foundation but after primer is when I apply any colour correcting products. I haven't had the best luck with green or yellow face products, but I do like to apply a salmon-coloured corrector to negate the dark circles beneath my eyes. I use one of two correctors, either my Pixi Colour Concentrate in Brightening Peach or MUA Pro-Base Prime & Conceal Correcting Cream in Peach - you can read about both and my general correcting tired eyes routine here. Make sure to blend this in well, as you don't want it peeking through your foundation.


I tend to work colour correctors in with my fingertips, but a nice fluffy brush like the Real Techniques Expert Concealer Brush also does the job nicely. 


FOUNDATION

When it comes to foundation, I tend to opt for a heavier coverage most days. I am heavily reliant on the same foundation that I've been using for a year, or perhaps just over, which is the 17 Stay Time Foundation. Since they've announced their finish as a brand, I've gone on to accumulate six more of their foundations as I'm still on the first bottle that I ever bought - a little tends to go a long way. 

I didn't like this product at first as I tried to use it with my usual buffing brush, but since trying it out with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, I've found myself completely enamoured with the full-coverage, flawless foundation. I don't think it completely matches my skin-tone, but I've yet to find a product that truly does. The results are gorgeous. and long-lasting. If dewy skin is your thing, then this product isn't the one, but if you're after something that's perfecting and won't immediately slide from your oily sections, then I really recommend snapping this up while you still can.

CONCEALER

When it comes to concealer, I've been relying on the same few for years now. I started off with the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, and it's what I still use to this day. I previously wore their lightest shade, 1, but now wear their new lightest shade, 0. I find it's super pale and yellow which suits my skintone, but I find myself reaching sometimes for my shade 1 for those really dark blemishes, as 0 can bring too much light and attention to it. 0 is a fantastic shade for brightening dark circles and redness, but as I mentioned, the ol' shade 1 is what I use for heavy duty spot concealing.

For blending my concealer, I go in with one of two tools. Either my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, or the Real Techniques Expert Concealer Brush.

To finish, I pull everything together with a pressed powder. I haven't found one that I am truly attached to, and currently use MUA's Pro-Base one, or Collection's Primed & Ready Invisible Setting Powder, both of which do the job well-enough, but aren't anything crazy exciting.



In the above photos I'm wearing all the base products I've mentioned in this post for my brother's wedding. See full make-up deets on my Instagram here.




What products do you use for a flawless base?




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