Today's post is going to be a pretty quick one that does what it says on the tin. Having combination skin means that in the summer - and especially when I'm on holiday - my face can sometimes turn into a bit of an oil-slick (it's practically melted off before!) Over the years I've discovered a base routine that really keeps everything in place for me, so I thought I'd share it with you.
I start by prepping my skin using my well-loved Touch in Sol No Poreblem Primer | £15. It's just a great all-rounder, smoothing my skin, minimising those pores and creating that perfect canvas for foundation. It gives a satin finish and my makeup lasts so well without going patchy when I use this. Next I go for my L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation (106 Sun Beige) | £13.95 | which is more of a full coverage, but I often wear it during the day when I know I'll be out straight from work or that it's going to be a long one. It's matte without being flat or drying and I get this from the US as the shade range is better. I just know that this will last me all day and/or night without going greasy or wearing off my problem areas or settling into fine lines.
In terms of concealer the Kat Von D Lock It Creme Concealer (29) | £20 | is amazing under the eyes whilst the Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer | £24 | is perfect for spot concealing (you can also use it under the eyes for a less heavy-duty look too though). What I really like about Kat's concealer is that it's full-coverage and super long-wearing without feeling heavy or drying on the skin. If anything, it's actually quite hydrating. It doesn't crease or wear off on me. The Nars is a semi-matte potted concealer you can easily dab on and blend out with your fingers on blemishes and in any places you need it. It's long-lasting and gives good coverage without being thick on the skin.
To finish it off, I set my makeup using the Ben Nye Banana Powder* | £13.50 | and Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray* | £10 (travel size). This setting powder comes in various shades but Banana works best on me to subtly brighten under the eyes. I don't bother with baking (though this can be applied with a damp beauty sponge) I just pat a small amount under my eyes to lock everything in. I also use it on my nose, as that's a real problem area. I'd recommend not using too much of this or you do run the risk of it looking a bit heavy! A spritz of the Urban Decay mist just stops your makeup looking heavy or powdery but also ensures it doesn't move around. It has a very fine mist so you really can't feel it either.
Which products do you reach for when you know you need your base to last?
Disclosure - products marked * were sent to me for consideration however all opinions remain my own.
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