Saturday, 25 January 2014
ACE OF BASES
After a lot of trial and error, loves and hates, make ups and break ups, I think I've finally got to grips with my skin's niche and what I look for in a base. I don't object to BB creams or tinted moisturisers - I flipping love them, but recently I've been favouring a more flawless face and an extra five minutes blending, tapping and stippling. To achieve the desired effect, there are some products that have been helping me along:
Benefit Erase Paste - I purchased this, sung it's praises, then ditched it for months only for me to give it another go and find I absolutely love the stuff. A salmon toned concealer, this supposedly counteracts the deep tones under the eyes for an illuminated effect. I delve into the pot, and apply around two layers for almost full coverage for my circles, which are the darkest of the dark. I love this because it doesn't look cakey, and set with powder doesn't crease. Oh Erase Paste, why did I ever leave you?
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer - I underestimated how lovely this concealer would be as I got it. But, this stuff can compete with the likes of Mac Moisturecover easily. I actually might prefer it to the £15 alternative. The finish is quite dewy, brightening and although not full coverage, I surprisingly still love it. If you're after something natural, try this why it is on offer at £3.50 in Boots. This also works well over correctors and Erase Paste. Do avoid for blemishes though, as the shimmer in this can highlight angry spots.
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - I have repurchased this a few times because without it I feel lost, like I don't have a staple to fall back on if my skin takes a turn for the worst and I'm stuck for coverage. I don't think I need to say anything else, could I be any more blogger cliché?!
Revlon Nearly Naked - This is a medium coverage, satin foundation that is also very longlasting which I need for school days. I love applying this with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, for a skin-like finish. That's why I love this so much - blend it successfully and no one would know you're wearing foundation.
Maybelline Fit Me Powder - I have Rimmel Stay Matte, the usual favourite of most, but I've really enjoyed using this powder instead because it is a little more natural, allowing your skin to have a slight sheen. It's not cakey either - a total pet peeve of mine is an overly powdered face.
So, those are my base choices at current and so far I'm quite enjoying taking my time with the basics. I think if you're going to invest money into makeup, let it be the essentials. It's mostly trial and error which is why it can get so expensive, but there's that feeling of relief when you come across something that actual works. Ah.