I go through phases of being all about a sheer base (the Bourjois CC cream is my favourite for this) and other times when I just want a really full coverage foundation. I think I have finally mastered the art of a flawless base in winter that doesn’t dry out my already-dry skin. To be honest, I think the key is in the preparation for me. Nourishing cleansing balms, oils and moisturizing face creams all mean that my skin survives the colder months better, especially ones central heating is on.
Full coverage doesn’t have to mean heavy or thick though, so I’ve put together the three base products that I’ve been reaching for recently.
I’ve had an on-off love affair with the famous Nars Sheer Glow foundation for about a year now. In summer, I admit that it just feels a little too heavy on my skin. The last couple of months though, I have been reaching for this at least a couple of times each week! The coverage is just right – any redness or blemishes feel completely covered, but somehow my skin still seems to shine through. Magic stuff. It stays put all day when set with powder (I find that it can look a little too glowy if I don’t set it, even on my dry skin) and doesn’t dry my skin out. I have the colour ‘Deauville’ or ‘Light 4’ that is about a shade darker than my natural skintone, so I’m always sure to take it down my neck. I’m mostly wearing polo neck jumpers in winter anyway!
Without a doubt, the best concealer I have ever tried! Apart from the Collection one, I’ve never been so loyal to a concealer before now. I repurchase this one as soon as I feel like I am getting near to the end of a tube. The blendable, creamy formula (which smells amazing, by the way) seems to melt beautifully into any foundation I pair it with, and provides excellent coverage too. A good hydrator too – if you find that concealers tend to crease on you, this is a great one to try. I always use the lightest shade in this concealer, which has a lovely, ever-s0-slightly yellow undertone to it that masks redness and highlights. I use this with a damp beauty sponge under my eyes, down the bridge of my nose and on my chin for a more even skintone.
For the last 5-6 years or so, I have only used translucent powders. I have been so used to using them, that I had almost forgotten that tinted face powders existed. First the Rimmel Stay Matte (my favourite since I was at school!) and then the Collection Loose Face Powder (so affordable and so good). New to my makeup bag is the L’Oreal Mineral Foundation, which I have in the colour ‘W1’. Using a really light dusting of this somehow non-drying powder sets the rest of my face makeup for the rest of the day, no problems at all. As a side note, I’ve also been wearing this alone with the GLossier Priming Moisturiser for a really quick, no-fuss base.
Have you tried any of these full coverage products?