Monday, 8 May 2017
Laying The Right Foundations
When it comes to applying makeup, my main focus is creating the kind of skin that looks like it's been snatched from the face of a porcelain doll.
A solid skincare routine and quality products are the best starting point, of course. However there are many other products I depend on to keep my foundation flawless and imma lay them out for you...
Before starting my makeup routine, I hydrate my skin with the Dior Hydra Life Deep Sorbet Water Essence and moisturise with the Dior Hydra Life Fresh Hydration Sorbet Cream - two of my most recent obsessions. Once my skin is soft and subtle, I spray it with the new Urban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Priming Spray. This newbie preps, primes and balances skin for makeup application - whilst also treating pigmentation I might add! It also absorbs excess oil and reduces shine, making it perfect for those with oily and acne-prone skin. The spray produces a micro-fine mist that is so lightweight you can barely feel it on the skin. However one of my favourite things about this beaute - aside from the amazing condition it leaves your skin in - is that you apply it by just spraying it directly on the skin...no massaging-in required!!
After spritzing my skin, I apply the Estée Lauder Illuminating Primer to my face and neck. This creamy primer is formulated with optics that help to minimise the look of pores, flaws and fine lines - providing a much-needed blurring effect! In addition to minimising imperfections, the Illuminating Primer creates a flawless, super-soft surface for foundation application and keeps makeup looking flawless for longer. As for my eye area, I use the much-loved Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion. This not only provides eye-makeup-longevity but gives certain colours a richer pigment and stops concealer creasing...preventing me looking old af!
When I don't completely forget about my lips, I apply the Dior Lip Sugar Scrub Sweet Exfoliating Lip Balm for a perfect pout. It is an exfoliating and nourishing stick with grains of sugar that melt away when rubbed into the lips. It gently exfoliates the lips, leaving them uber-soft and plump, with a gorgeous pink tint that flatters all gals.
As for the foundation application, my base of choice is obviously the YSL Touche Éclat Le Teint Foundation. It is highly pigmented, applies effortlessly and provides the most beautiful radiant finish. To apply this makeup masterpiece, I use the amazing Nanshy Marvel Makeup Blending Sponge. The soft sponge has a 4-in-1 shape that features a flat edge for contouring around nose and eyes and a rounded-flat side for blending large areas of the face. It features a micro-pore formulation that enables the sponge to remain damp, helping me grab just the right amount of foundation and concealer. As for concealer, I use the Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer...there really is nothing better.
After the perfect foundations have been laid and the rest of my makeup applied, I set the whole look with the famous Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. Like the B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray, this setting spray produces an ultra-fine mist that ensures an even application across the face. This makeup staple gives me smoother looking skin and keeps my makeup looking perfect for longer. However what's really fucking amazing is that it uses 'Temperature Control Technology' - lowering the temperature of your makeup to keep it all in place, whether it is hot and humid, or cold and windy.
So there you have it, my foundation-perfecting faves.
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