Well hello again! I must apologise for the lack of blogging. (I’m not very good at this really!). I have been working a lot recently and haven’t had time to do a post. My job is very awkward and my hours can change from 0 -72 from week to week. So I thought I would do a blog post for you today about the base for your face. The base for me means anything from moisturiser, primers, colour correcting, foundation, concealer to powders. (Be prepared for a long ole’ post!) So I’m just going to jump straight in!
As you should know from my last post, my favourite moisturiser to use is actually a night cream. It works for me & it really moisturises and hydrates my awkward skin so I’m sticking to it! I use the Tescos Hydrating Night Cream for Sensitive Skin (fragrance free) or sometimes when they don’t have that I go for the Tescos Hydrating Night Cream with Cucumber Extract for All Skin Types. If you ask my opinion, the both do exactly the same for my skin, so it doesn’t necessarily matter which one you go for. The only difference is that the night cream with cucumber extract has a fresh scent, which I personally like. I always, always, always start with moisturised skin. It’s a must! Don’t question it, just do it! It really makes all the difference!
I am not going to lie to you, I am in no way shape or form a professional makeup artist and I do not know everything there is to know about makeup. I’m actually really new to make up so I don’t have years of experience behind me to pass on, but it’s something I’m passionate about and I want to develop. I have heard many mixed reviews about primers. Some people say they are pointless and a waste of money, other people swear by them! To begin with I wasn’t to crazy about buying a primer as my skin is so dry anything just stuck straight to it, and as primers are mainly used to give your foundation something to stick to I didn’t see much point in investing in one. As time went by I thought I would give it a go. I was a little skeptical as my skin already had dry patches and I didn’t want to add another layer of product to make my makeup look even more cakey and give it extra texture. But I bought one anyways. I use the Rimmel Stay Matte Primer and honestly I don’t know why I didn’t try them sooner. I can’t say that every primer is brilliant and you should trust in them all, but i really love my primer! I will be honest and say that this is the only primer that I have tried BUT it is a gorgeous one. For me personally, this primer feels so soft on the skin, a little goes along way and it just smooths my skin over perfectly. It also gives a protective layer to prevent my foundation from sticking and emphasising all of my dry patches! It really works well for me. I will DEFINITELY be trying more primers in the near future, but for now I just love my stay matte. Not to mention that it does exactly that! And as you guys will find out, matte is what I love! (Except for a cheeky highlight every now and then).
I don’t tend to use a lot of colour correcting. Concealer tends to cover the most of my imperfections but I do use colour correcting for my redness as it is the only thing that likes to peep through my foundation. For this I use the Maxfactor CC Colour Corector Pencil in Green and that is really all I use. I just colour in the areas on my cheeks, chin and around the nose where it tends to have more redness and then blend it in with my ring finger. It covers my redness really well although the one down point I have about this product is that it doesn’t have an amazing texture and if applied to thick it can look cakey and quite dry looking, but it just means that you apply less and then it works wonders.
So after I’ve moisturised, primed and colour corrected I then go in with my foundation. When I was back in high school the only foundation I used to wear was Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse which would of worked fine for me in high school if it wasn’t to dark for me and it didn’t cling to my dry patches (both of which were an issue!). Now there are a few foundations that are ‘drugstore’ that I really love and some not so much. Baring in mind that I haven’t tried every foundation so my mind could change as I discover new products! I swear by liquid foundations, I always wear them and then set everything with a powder. My favourite foundations are Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid, Rimmel Lasting Perfection, L’Oreal True Match and Maybelline Fit Me Foundation. I wear my Dream Satin Liquid almost everyday as it has got a natural finish to it which I love, and unfortunately my Fit Me Foundation was wrongly colour matched so is rather dark so I mix it with my Revlon Colour Stay Foundation, which I’m not a huge fan of but it creates my perfect colour. I recently purchased two new foundations which I LOVE! Especially my Rimmel Lasting Perfection. It is a full coverage foundation (believe me) and the colour selection is great too. I’ve really struggled to find a foundation that properly matches my skin, I am very pale. Almost to the point where a lot of foundations I have tried are slightly too dark, and they are the lightest colour in the collection. But the Lasting Perfection foundation really is a great colour match. It’s quite thick, not as thick as my Revlon ColourStay, but a nice thick consistency in my opinion. I find that the thinner the product the more sheer it is and the less coverage it provides. From my experience that is.
Like I mentioned, I am not a huge fan of my Revlon Colour Stay Foundation. I was actually quite shocked as it had such great reviews but unfortunately it didn’t work for me. It was very thick which made it hard to blend into my skin, it looked patchy instead of smooth and it really enhances my dry patches. I have tried multiple ways to apply this foundation but nothing has worked. I tried using a stipling brush (my usual method of foundation application), a beauty blender, a foundation buffing brush and even my fingers (which I HATE!) and nothing worked. I only use this foundation when I mix it with another foundation but apart from that I will not be purchasing that product again.
So concealers are something I have only recently discovered in the last few months. Before I never bothered as I thought they were too thick and would make me look cakey, not to mention I didn’t have a clue how to apply them. Then along came Jaclyn Hill! I found Jaclyn on YouTube and have been loving her ever since. She always manages to get a flawless under eye highlight with her concealer and I wanted to give it a try. Now concealing is a regular part of my everyday makeup routine. I use all of my concealers for different things.
1. Collections Lasting Perfection Concealer is my absolute favourite for under the eye. Their shades are great for me as it gives me that desired highlight, although I like mine a little bit more subtle than bold. It blends like a dream and I don’t have many problems with creasing or the concealer seeping into my fine lines. It’s just perfect for me.
2. Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is great for my blemishes, the colour matches my foundation perfectly and it does its job. It doesn’t feel heavy on my skin either which is always a good thing. The only problem I have is that I can’t wear it under my eyes as I find that it creases easily, even when it’s set with powder. As I do have quite a lot of fine lines the extra creasing really isn’t a good look for me, but for blemishes it is perfect.
3. Maybelline Dream Lumi Concealer is what I use when I want to look a little bit more dewy. I mix it in with my foundation as it is also a great colour match and it just gives that healthy looking skin which I sometimes appreciate having dry skin, although the majorityof the time I like a matte finish so I don’t use it that often.
These are my three favourite concealers, and I have a feeling they will definitely stay my favourites for a while! I always blend out my concealer with a beauty blender (my beloved) by using dabbing motions to keep it in place. I never rub or drag my concealer across my face. No, no, no!
I know that this post has been ridiculously long so I will make this one short and snappy! Powders are a big part of my makeup routine! I always use pressed powders & mainly translucent ones. I love the Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Powders as they are just beautiful. They look gorgeous on the skin & that is all I am going to say otherwise I will be here forever! To set my under eye concealer I actually found a really bright powder in Asda. It’s is George Get Set Pressed Powder and it gives an extra highlight under your eyes. I only use this if I am going all out on my makeup as it really is light!
So that is all about my base! I know it was long so I hope I didn’t bore you, once I get going I can’t seem to stop! Oops. I will be starting reviews soon so they will be up on the ‘makeup reviews’ link in the menu and I will give you a more in depths review on the products based in this blog, in my opinion.
Bye for now,