Hello lovers. Thought I'd share my base makeup routine with you. Base makeup, at least in my lingo, is everything except eye and lip makeup. The products I'm sharing with you are simply making up my "current" routine. This means I may not use this same foundation next month. I may end up using a different blush tomorrow when I put on my makeup. I like to dabble and switch things up about as often as Giggy Vanderpump changes outfits. These are just products that have remained VERY regular in my current routine... products I love and feel are worth sharing with you!
First up to bat is Chanel Perfection Lumiere, otherwise known as photoshop in a bottle. It gives a velvety matte finish and has great lasting power. In fact, it somehow looks better as the day goes on, which is unheard of for me since I have oily/combo skin. The coverage is medium - it definitely shows your skin underneath, which is a must for me.
I've been using Chanel Correcteur Perfection Long Lasting Concealer under my eyes. The coverage, matched with its salmony tone, eliminates my sleep-deprived under eye circles like no other. Sadly, it creases something terrible. That said, I'm still using it because of the amazing coverage and I'm sure this would be fantastic elsewhere on the face. Since I love the light/bright look under my eyes, I go in and add MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in a "V" shape under my eyes. This product is holy grail material. I If I could only have three makeup products for the rest of my life, this would surely be one of them.
Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base is a wonder worker. Not only does it give a perfectly natural tan flush (you know, that "just-got-back-from-St.-Barts-and-please-be-jealous-of-my-glow" type of flush), but it also has coverage! (It will help cover any unsightly blemishes you may have on your cheeks.) It has a gel/mousse-like consistency and not to mention, you can use this all over your face UNDER your foundation if your face always seems to be more pale than the rest of your body (like mine always is). Side note: I don't use this product to give my face a bronzed look, but to lightly add natural contours and give my face dimension after I've just created a flat canvas with foundation.
The next thing I do is lightly brush the NYX HD Finishing Translucent Powder all over my face to set everything in place. If you have dry skin, you may choose to skip this step. But since it has always been necessary for me, I've tried MANY. Not only is this product less than $10, but it's also better than the Make Up For Ever HD Powder, in my opinion.
I follow up with a dusting of Laura Gellar Bronze & Brighten, a product I recently discovered and have remained absolutely, positively obsessed with since purchasing. It does just what the title promises... it bronzes and brightens. I look like a little ray of sunshine after using this. Ok, maybe I'm taking this a little far. But really, I kind of do.
Finally - Bobbi Brown Blush in Apricot is the peanut butter to my jelly. The Bonnie to my Clyde. And in all seriousness, it's the life to my face. It's bright in the pan, don't be alarmed, but in all seriousness - it is the most beautiful wash of color and probably my favorite blush ever.
Please note that makeup is most certainly not a one-size-fits-all operation. I have warm undertones, meaning I have yellow in my skin. Therefore, the products I use may not look the same on someone who has cool (or pink) undertones. We are all different, so a product I enjoy may not appeal to you.
Okay! Now that that's out there... Have you used any of these products? Do you love them too? Oh, you may want to refer back to my post about favorite makeup brushes to learn how I apply these products. Also, do you like when I do makeup/beauty posts (because it's basically my specialty and I might have a few more being edited at this very moment.)?