It’s safe to say hundreds of makeup products pass through my hands thanks to my love of makeup and also my job as a makeup artist. I’m doing a favourites series througout this week to list the products that have had my tick of approval for some time now.
Although the products I use are not strictly limited to the ones I’m listing in the favourites series, in terms of quality, performance and value for money, I tend to reach for these if I want products that I know won’t let me down. (I will also do a drugstore-only list in the near future).
My skin shade is MAC NC30-35; and all the lines I’m featuring have great selection of shades for different skin tones and also color preferences ;) Starting today’s post with Base Favourites, we will continue on with Cheek, Eye and Lip products over the next few days. Enjoy!! :)
Foundation: NARS Sheer Glow: Going by the name, I expected this foundation to be sheer but it actually has great coverage. I wouldn’t call it full coverage but it’s definitely buildable. The amount of pigment is what makes this foundation great value, as a little bit goes a long way. It glides on and blends beautifully and leaves a subtle sheen over the skin. I always get compliments any time I wear this foundation.
Corrector: Giorgio Armani Master Corrector: Dark lines or circles under the eyes are a big problem for many, including me. Sometimes concealer alone doesn’t do the trick and this is when I reach for this clever corrector. It comes in 2 shades, shade #1 being a pink tone, and shade #2 which is an orange tone. Orange, salmon, peach or pink correctors counteract green/blue pigmentation and this corrector works like magic under the eyes. Unlike cream based correctors, this is a very light formula that dries on the skin. It’s also super pigmented, so a tiny dot covers under the whole eye – well worth the money for the results it provides.
Concealer: Revlon Colorstay Concealer: I LOVE colorstay products, but especially colorstay concealers. Concealer is one of the trickiest products to buy, as the texture, consistency and performance can make or break the end result of your whole look. The most common problem with concealers is that they can crease, move or work into the fine lines, further highlighting the problems we try to conceal. This is why I love colorstay concealers, because they not only cover well, but they set and stay put…where they’re meant to. You can even forego setting it further with powder and hence eliminating layering too much product on such a delicate area.
I go back and forth between this Revlon one and also MAC’s Prolongwear concealer. Revlon is a bit more limited with their color range so if you can’t find your shade, you can definitely opt for MAC Prolongwear to get the same results. MAC does cost more but you also get more product ;)
Set: Laura Mercier Mineral Powder: Although sometimes I use setting sprays to lock in my foundation, I still love the silky flawless finish a good powder gives. This loose mineral powder by Laura Mercier is amazing, whether you’d like to buff it in for full coverage or to dust over to set your foundation with. It’s super finely milled and feels like silk on the skin; big thumbs up!
Seal: MAC Fix+: Some still wonder if this is a setting spray, but no; MAC Fix+ is not a setting spray. It does however, help seal and bond together the makeup you’ve applied. With foundation, powder, bronzer, blush and highlighter, sometimes powder products can build up on the skin and look chalky. This is where Fix+ comes to play. Spraying a fine mist of this product, helps those powder particles settle and seal over the skin, so that the powdery look turns into a healthy dewy finish. It’s particularly refreshing during hot summer months as you can keep it in the fridge and spritz for a fresh feel.
What are some of your favourite base products?