August 26, 2013

Today (part 1) is all about the base. In the coming weeks I will touch on our eyes and bronzers. Getting our base right is the most important step to achieving glowing skin that will stay in place all day. The base is more than one foundation, this is my collection. I can imagine you're...

Today (part 1) is all about the base. In the coming weeks I will touch on our eyes and bronzers. Getting our base right is the most important step to achieving glowing skin that will stay in place all day.

The base is more than one foundation, this is my collection. I can imagine you’re looking at this mix thinking that is a whole lot of product?! I do have 3 different foundations here so it looks more than it is as I like to mix them, so please don’t be scared.

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PRIMER | If you ever ask yourself the question to prime or not to prime, always PRIME. I have been using this Smashbox Luminizing primer for the last 7 years and it is so much more than just a primer. It really evens out my skin tone and creates the perfect canvas for my foundation which then sits on it perfectly. It is so silky (but not oily like some). I wear this by itself on weekends when I don’t want to wear a full face of makeup it gives me the perfect glow.

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CONCEALER | Next step is concealer, I am new on the concealer bandwagon but it opens up my eyes so I will never turn back. I get bad bags under my eyes, even when I’m not tired. It’s a genetic thing (I blame you mum) and this Giorgio Armani Maestro Concealer (I use colour 4.5) works like a magic eraser. I apply it with the Giorgio Armani blender brush in a sweeping tapping motion almost drawing an inverted triangle from the base of the nose to the temple under the eyes and over the eyelids. Yes it is a touch more expensive then your usual concealer but it is one of those products you need to invest in.

FOUNDATION | You can’t look past Giorgio Armani and Hourglass, these two brands are quite similar. I use Luminous Silk (colour 7) from Armani when I want lighter coverage and as the name suggests it’s like silk on your skin. Veil (colour 4) from Hourglass is similar but a touch creamier (slightly heavier coverage) and offers SPF protection. The best part is the golden undertones in these foundations, I find alot other brands use yellow undertones that don’t suit me (I don’t think they suit many people to be honest) these brands offer a perfect brown shade with that dewy finish. I apply with the MAC Duo Face Brush (small) in a circular motion.

I also like to mix Fluid Sheer (colour 3) from Armani to the foundation (only 1 drop) it creates an illuminating glow, I notice a huge difference when I don’t use it. Sometimes I use this after the foundation around the hairline, cheekbones and lip bow to contour the face and create a bronzed look. By now I am sure you have discovered I gravitate to a dewy, glossy and bronzed finish.MAC Studio Sculpt is another winner, I use colour NC35. The coverage is quite heavy but it does last all day where Luminous Silk from Armani needs touch ups. This is a cheaper option if I can’t afford my usual Armani.

Another favourite is MAC Face & Body Foundation, I have run out of this product, so it’s not pictured but great to wear on your face and décolletage for a super light coverage.

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HIGHLIGHTER/ CONTOUR | My secret weapon is this amazing highlighter from MAC Prep + Prime  (light boost colour). I dare say it but this is much better then the much talked about YSL Touche Eclat. Apply using the MAC Tapered Blending Brush the same way you applied the concealer in a inverted triangular shape starting from the base of the nose focussing upwards on the cheekbones and under the eye. Be quite generous as you want the light to hit this part of your face, It may look quite white but once you blend with the brush it looks highlighted and gives you that wide-eyed look.

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