Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Beauty: Base Layer Favourites


When people see photos of my big ol' mug, they will comment on how good my skin is and go on to enquire as to what i use. But here's the thing.. I don't have good skin, at all.
Its very oily with lots of exposed pores and with a large amount of red undertone and general mottled texture. Its not great.
But over the years I've come to live with it with the help of finding and using great products.
I thought now would be a great time to share the products I use to create flawless(ish) looking skin, : 
The Base Layer
This is the most important when wearing makeup, as if i get the foundation right, the rest of my makeup will sit well making me a very happy gal.



 First up Moisture & Pore control


Ok so I've cleansed and toned and I'm ready to start with the first layer. 
I like a mat finish(because as an oily girl i create enough of my own shiny glow, thank you very much ;). I don't like a heavy moisturiser in the morning as i find it makes my foundation go on claggy (technical term) and appears cakey. So a light mat moisturisers is imperative.
I've been using the Embryolisse Hydra-Mat and it is a delight. It's matt yet feels nourishing and is the perfect first step. My foundation sits perfectly on top of it too.
Secondly, to rid those exposed pores i use the W7 Porefection. It does exactly what it says on the tube and is well worth its tiny price tag (Just under £7.00!).
It gives a blur effect to pores just enough to make them look less pronounced.
I use a pea sized amount and use just across my nose and cheeks where it is needed. I don't spread this across my face, I just use it in the aforementioned targeted areas. 
When using both of these products at the very start of my routine, my makeup lasts a damn site longer.

Next Up Coverage



I have my 3 favourite products here ( which are all Cruelty Free) and they range in coverage. These are tried and tested and absolutely loved. I think I've mentioned before but i have tried a lot of foundations and these have made it in to the high accolade of my Foundation Hall of Fame.
First up 
Spf 15 this is a very very light coverage moisturiser (as the name suggests). This is perfect for those days at home, when you want to just wear a little something to even out skin tone and with a light SPF. I apply this with my finger tips as it is just like a moisturiser and adapts to the colour of your skin tone.

Second
My current favourite and what I will wear all spring summer. Come the warmer months I always opt for a lighter coverage and this is the perfect amount of coverage without feeling cakey or full foundation. I apply this with the below light stippling blush, but can easily be applied with fingers and/or a beauty blender sponge. The application is creamy and easy and the coverage, for a CC cream, is shockingly amazing. I have been wearing this everyday of late and i am in love with it once again (i wore it all last Spring too and am still surprised how much i love this product).
This product isn't necessarily cheap BUT it's so worth it. I can't imagine not having it to use daily now.

Third
When I'm in need of some Full coverage it has to be my ELF Flawless Finish Foundation, I've waxed lyrical about this enough times for you to know i love it, and actually prefer it to the Chanel foundations too. Its build-able coverage, great colour tone and longevity gives this foundation its place in my makeup bag. Through summer I opt to go without it as I love to leave my skin through summer, but if i have a wedding or event, then this will be my go to foundation. I'm on my second bottle and will be repurchasing again when needed.

And finally a couple of additional finishing products

Two lightening products and a bit of extra coverage.
I use the ELF under eye lightener as just that, to disguise the grey bags under these poor sleep deprived peepers. Its not a heavy coverage, which is great as i can find heavier options can settle in my ever increasing wrinkles, but it works as more of a light reflecting lightener.
I also use the Collection Illuminating Touch as concealer. To be honest, I don't find it that illuminating, but it does work as an excellent cover for any problem areas.
And the brush is by Eco Tools and is a stippling brush, i picked up a couple of months ago and love how it lightly applies the base layer.


So there we have it friends, the all important base layer. Get this right and you're on to a winning face.
I know i feel so much better when my skin looks good and these products definitely help me with that.

What base layers are you favouring lately?



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