There's something about winter that makes me want to do a completely flawless base for the evening. However I also don't want anything that's overly dry or makes my skin look dull. Today I'm going to share my flawless but glowing base routine.
I always, always prime my skin before applying my makeup and for this kind of look I opt for the Becca Backlight Priming Filter | £32. This just gives my skin a nice amount of hydration, as well as some extra glow. It's not a hugely smoothing primer, so if I feel I need it then I'll apply some of the Benefit Porefessional | £24.50 | on my cheeks where I tend to get enlarged pores. This just stops makeup settling into them and emphasising their appearance.
This is a step you can skip if you don't suffer from any kind of discolouration, however I get pretty bad dark circles so use the Bobbi Brown Corrector (Peach) | £19.50. The peach colour of this cancels out the blue tone of dark circles without the need to cake on loads of concealer later. Depending on your skin concerns, there are a wide range of colours and products to even out the tone of your skin (like for lavender sallowness or yellow for redness).
For me, Nars Sheer Glow (Stromboli) | £31 | just always works! It's a medium-coverage foundation but can easily be built on in any problem areas. It has a satin finish and gives me the 'matte glow' I'm looking for. It's long-lasting and gives me perfected, flawless skin. I buff it into my skin with the Zoeva 102 Silk Finish Brush | £13 | to get an even, brush stroke-free finish.
I feel like this is where it gets a bit more complicated, but each product in my arsenal does serve a purpose! Recently, under the eyes I've been loving using the Kat Von D Lock It Creme Concealer (M27) | £20. It's one of the most hydrating complete-coverage concealer formulas I've ever used. It doesn't feel too thick or heavy but can cover a multitude of sins! The colour I use is one shade lighter than I'd use on the rest of my face so it also highlights under the eyes. It's a long-wearing concealer that doesn't crease on me and is perfect for when you want that flawless skin look. I use a damp (but not wet) BeautyBlender | £16 | to blend the product out seamlessly.
For the face, I use the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer (Medium Neutral) | £17.50. This has a light, fluffy, easy-to-blend formulation but still gives really great coverage. It's nothing too dry or too slippery and has amazing wear-time. I use the Sephora Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush #57 | $24 | to gently buff the product into my foundation. I then go back in with the BeautyBlender to ensure everything looks seamless.
To finish off under my eyes, I use the YSL Touche Eclat (4.5 Luminous Sand) | £25 | liquid highlighting pen, again with the damp BeautyBlender. It's light in terms of coverage but is incredibly luminous. I also use a powder highlighter with the Zoeva 129 Luxe Fan Brush* | £11 | on my brow bone, cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose (I don't tend to highlight my chin or forehead as I have combination skin and tend to get oily there). My favourite highlighter is of course the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop | £32 | review & swatch. This isn't at all glittery; it just has the most incredibly smooth formula that practically melts into the skin and gives this incredible dewy finish. The shade itself is a stunning champagne-gold with peachy undertones.
Finally, it's time to set everything in place with the MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural (Medium Dark) | £24. It has a very lightweight, natural coverage and despite being a powder it isn't matte or flat; it actually gives a luminous finish. I press it onto the skin using the Morphe E3 Precision Pointed Powder Brush | £14.95 | so I'm not moving my base around. The tapered shape also makes it easy to set under my eyes. At this time of year, I'm less concerned about keeping my skin shine-free; the powder is generally enough for that. So I use the MAC Fix + | £17.50 | to give my skin a bit of dewiness and to ensure everything looks nice and seamless.
What are your go-to base products and techniques when you want flawless skin?