I’m back again, with a continuation of Step 2 in my fool proof Summer Party beauty routine.
Step 2 – Creating a Flawless Base
On the playlist – Salt-N-Pepa ‘Push It’
Good, long lasting foundation is one of THE most common make-up conundrums and one of the most difficult to get right. Firstly if you haven’t already got a foundation you love it’s time to get to work – it will take a little time up front but once you have your perfect match you can simply keep re-buying and know it’s going to look great.
Start by doing some googling, get out to some make-up counters to get colour matched and experiment with samples. Consistently at the top of lots of ‘Best Foundation’ lists are Nars Sheer Glow and Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk at the high end and Bourjois Healthy Mix and L’Oreal True Match for something less pricey.
Once you have your perfect match it’s time to apply;
- For flawless skin that will last start with a primer *life hack alert* I actually use a men’s shave balm as primer. It sounds ridiculous but its mega cheap (£2.63 at Superdrug) and is totally beauty blogger approved (see details below). Simply smooth this all over your face with your fingers in a thin layer.
- Next it’s time for the foundation – put one full pump on the back of your hand, dot evenly over the face and blend out using your preferred method. There’s a lot of debate about which way is best but prevailing at the moment and my personal favourites are either a dense buffing brush or a blending sponge …
- If you’re using a brush, buff the foundation out from the center of your face using smooth, firm circular motions.
- If you’re using a beauty sponge, first wet the sponge with warm water and wring out so it’s just damp. Spread the foundation using quick dabbing motions, again starting in the center of your face and working outwards.
- For both methods REMEMBER: blend that foundation like your life depends on it, especially down beyond your jawbone and onto your neck – no one likes a tide mark.
- If you want more full coverage don’t just trowel it on and hope for the best – it’s much better to start light and build up with thin layers of product until you are happy. The result will be much more natural!
- Moving onto concealer – dot underneath the eyes (not too much to avoid the wrath of harsh flash photography and reverse panda eye) and on any blemishes or discoloration – again be sparing, too much will just bring attention to that mega spot you are trying to hide.
- Blend this all in gently using either a small brush or your ring finger (it applies the least pressure)! It’s easy to think you need to go crazy with concealer, especially if you watch YouTube beauty tutorials, but I promise a little goes a long way.
- Look in the mirror – is that not a beautiful, even, yet natural complexion you see before you?! I hope so, but if not SOD IT, no one really cares and we’re moving on to the fun bits!! Come back tomorrow to find out what the hell you should do with highlighter and how to avoid blush application that makes you look like you’ve just run a 10k.
My Personal Favourites…
Primer – Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm
The aforementioned ‘life hack’, this men’s post shave balm works wonders as a make-up primer. In a test by the Daily Mail vs. Benefit Porefessional Primer this came up trumps, despite the fact that it is 10X cheaper and intended for the faces of clean-shaven men. (Get it: Boots, Superdrug, Wilko, the Supermarket)
Foundation – Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk
Okay, this is a pricey foundation but the rest of my recommendations are total steals AND it’s worth it, I promise. This is the absolute holy grail foundation for many, including myself, because of its buildable coverage, seamless application and silky, glowy finish – seriously it’s like a snapchat filter in a bottle. (Get it: Debenhams, Harvey Nichols, John Lewis)
Foundation Brush – Primark PS Pro Large Blending Brush
You’ve probably seen these style brushes floating around on social media – the innovative and unusual toothbrush shape is designed to make it easier to apply makeup on yourself and dense bristles mean less product gets wasted clogged up in the brush. This Primark version is only £4 and gets the job done just as well as its expensive counterparts! (Get it: Primark)
Foundation Sponge – Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
The Original Beauty Blender is the sponge that started it all, but this version by Real Techniques is just as good and for half the price! The Real Techniques website also has some really great video tutorials to show you how to get the most out of your spongy new friend. (Get it: Boots & Superdrug)
Concealer – Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Don’t be fooled by the price of this unassuming concealer from budget brand Collection. This hidden gem provides great, long lasting coverage without looking cakey, I pick it up at Wilko with my loo roll and washing up liquid – oh the glamorous life I lead! (Get it: Wilko, Boots, Superdrug)