Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, Benefit Porefessional, Nars Sheer Glow, Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream and Seventeen Skin Wow Primer
Sorry for the cheesy title, but I just couldn't help myself! I wanted to do a little blog post sharing with you my current base routine as something a little different, granted it does change from time to time but these are my most reached for products in the wintery months.
Foundation and primer for me are those essential items that can really transform any look. Whether it's blurring imperfections and redness or just brightening your complexion for a night on the town, the perfect colour and finish can really make a difference. Foundations and primers are a couple of those items that I don't think I could ever go without, and find myself constantly building on my collection.
To start I usually opt for either Benefit's Porfessional or Seventeen's Skin Wow Primer. Porfessional is a silicon primer which helps mattify my oily skin, leaving a smooth and satiny base for my foundation. I love the feel of this on my skin and really helps prolong my foundation during a long day at work or a night out. Seventeen's Skin Wow Primer is a different story however, as this falls more on the dewy and brightening side - and I must admit I am a sucker for dewy some days! This is a great high street alternative. Both work really great with my range of foundations, blurring pores and gripping my foundation for a long lasting finish!
Now if I'm looking for a dewy finish I always look to my trusty Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation, this has the habit of looking natural and dewy but never greasy! For me this is one of the best matches colour wise for my skintone and always leaves my skin looking radiant and glowy. Teamed with either foundation these make a great long lasting combo which remains natural looking for start to finish. This combination never needs powder, which is always a great thing when in a rush in the morning, however I might dust a little over my t-zone during the day just to be on the safe side.
When I'm in the mood for a hint of matte I always look to either Nars' Sheer Glow or Bourgois' 123 Perfect CC Cream. I recently reviewed Sheer Glow, and it has honestly been love at first sight, this leaves my skin not only looking radiant but provides a great coverage that blurs imperfection without looking cakey. This baby doesn't move either, from morning to night really making it worth every penny! My favourite high street alternative is Bourjois' CC Cream, if you can get over how runny it is - and be prepared for a foundation when you open this. You wouldn't think of this as a CC Cream due to the coverage and longevity, honestly a great budget option and one of my favourite hughstreet bases!
And finally, to apply all of this I love to use either Real Techniques Buffing Brush or the Zoeva 110 Face Brush. Real Techniques infamous brush is a great high street option that reduces the time to apply foundation, as it helps smooth foundation easily around the face. Hot on its tail however has to be the Zoeva 110, and it works and brilliantly as it looks. Not only does the rose gold finish leave dressing tables across the nation looking pretty, but it is one of those brushes that works with pretty much every foundation I own!
I'd love to know your favourite base products!