15 February, 2016 Base Favourites For Spring: The Oily/Combo Skin Edit
Here are my base favourites for spring 2016: the primer, foundation, concealer and powder I’m loving as we move into the slightly warmer months. Although London is SUPER windy and chilly at the moment, I’m definitely ready for brighter and longer days, and I’m typically reaching for products that provide a more satin, natural finish, than my usual matte base.
Let’s get started with my base favourites…
Primer: I’ve got two primers on rotation at the moment: the Dr. Jart+ PORE MEDIC Pore Minish Primer ($32), and the Make Up For Ever Travel-Size Smoothing Primer ($17). The Dr. Jart+ primer has a silicone texture that creates a clear barrier over pores, and helps reduce shine too. The texture is malleable and smooth, and it doesn’t feel drying at all – making it a welcome change from typically stripping primers that create a super-matte finish. The Make Up For Ever primer is flesh-toned and could be worn alone if you’re opting for a no-makeup day, and I love how porcelain my skin looks when I apply this. Unlike the Dr. Jart+ primer which I apply topically on large-pore areas, the Make Up For Ever primer can be applied all over.
Foundation: my new favourite foundation is the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Oil-Free Photo Edition Foundation (£35). My mum was using this in Costa Rica, and as I lost my makeup bag, I had to use this for a couple of days – and completely fell in love! It’s the perfect option if you have oily skin with occasional dry patches. The texture is light and creamy, a dream to blend, and it’s SO pigmented. The finish is semi-matte and silky, and what I love most about this foundation is that it doesn’t settle into fine lines at all – it smooths over pores, neutralises redness, and creates a very natural and manageable glow that doesn’t ever look greasy. I apply mine with a Zoeva Silk Finish 102 Brush to seamlessly blend the product into my skin.
Concealer: there are three concealers in my current rotation: two from the drugstore, and one a lil’ fancier. The Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (£5.99) has a creamy, lightweight consistency, that blends easily and dries down to a semi-matte finish. I can wear this on blemishes or to conceal dark spots, as the neutral shade I wear (30) is so versatile. For blemishes only, the slightly thicker of the consistency of the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (£3.99) smoothes over redness, and deposits just the right amount of pigment. The shade Cool Medium is the perfect match for my skin tone. Lastly, the Clarins Instant Concealer (£21.50) is fantastic for brightening and lifting dull, dark under-eye circles. You only need a small amount, and the mini tube is great for travelling.
Powder: my holy grail foundation for full and flawless coverage has to be the L’oreal Infallible Matte 24-Hour Foundation, and the matching L’oreal Infallible Matte Powder (£4.99) is the perfect topper to reduce any mid-day shine. For an added glow, I’ve been going back to my trusty Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light (£38) for a cool-toned boost of brightness. It sets makeup beautifully, can be applied on the cheekbones for a barely-there glow, or buffed into the skin for super radiant finish.
I also just want to quickly mention the fantastic Foundation Guide from Reviews.com – a great resource for choosing your new base favourites. They’ve tested out a bunch of bases and provide in-depth information on their top picks. I’ve got my eye on the MAC Face and Body for my summer pick!
What are your thoughts on my base favourites for spring? Share your thoughts, comments and questions below!