What’s On My Face…
Foundation is probably the most important make up item you can own. A good one can make you look like a more radiant, healthy version of you. A bad one; well it can make you look a bit of a mess really. It doesn’t matter how good that perfectly applied smokey eye is – if your base isn’t right then it’s hard to focus on anything else.
The following foundations are my current go-tos.
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum
A budget option for those who want great skin, without having to shell out. Bourjois has a reputation for producing some of the best foundations in the drugstore, and in my opinion, some of the best foundations on the market. This is a light/medium coverage, best suited for someone with a normal/combination skin type. I find that I do have to set it to keep it in place all day, but once powdered, it’s a trooper! I wear no.51, and whilst it is a spot on match – the shade selection isn’t the greatest. Bourjois need to work on that. Available from Boots, Superdrug and Tescos from £10.99
Mac Mineralize Moisture SPF15
This is a beautiful foundation. Again a light/medium coverage that can be built into medium/full. It’s a gorgeous dewy coverage that gives the skin radiance, at the same time being hydrating. With a light dusting of powder, it goes the distance too. Not great for flash photography – it’s a little too dewy for that. Best suited for dry/normal/combination, anyone too dry or too oily probably wouldn’t find this the best. I wear NC20 and its £27
Smashbox Halo Hydrating Powder
I never get as many compliments about my skin as when I wear this powder. Its a mineral foundation, but I do like to dust it over a liquid to set if I’m going to a special occasion and want a little extra coverage. With tons of skincare properties (including traces of gold!) its a very smoothing foundation that is great for chucking on in a hurry. It has a light coverage that is buildable to medium, but it is best left for good skin days. The wear is roughly about 8 hours on my dehydrated combo skin. I wear fair, and it’s not the cheapest at £39 but you do get an impressive 21g of product. Smashbox do starter kits which work out to be great value, and I would definitely recommend checking it out.
You may have noticed a trend. I like my hydration.
Trend make ups can be notoriously difficult to pull off. What we see on the catwalk is often bizarre, and flattering only to the models who wear them (sometimes not even then). Personally, I love trend makeup, they are often seen as an artistic expression rather than a means to conform to any particular prescription of “beauty”.
What is interesting about catwalk makeup, is how heavily “bare faced beauty” is represented. This look is polished and chic and very achievable for the consumer on the street to reproduce. Bare Faced Beauty is created with flawless, touchable skin, groomed brows, a subtle sweep of mascara, a touch of blush and natural lips.
What are your favourite products for Bare Faced Beauty days?
Ah the Beauty Hall. The choice. The wonderful array of products that promise to smooth skin, mask imperfections and create a shinier, more wonderful version of you. Not to mention the Beauty Assistants (BAs), each wanting to tempt and tease and cajole you to hand your hard earned cash over to them in the vain pursuit of the body beautiful. It can overwhelming. It can be exhausting. It can be downright terrifying.
- I like my dog more than most people, including some (but not all) members of my family.
- am inextricably and unequivocally messy.
- I find mild road rage to be cathartic.
- I have a addiction to eyeshadows, and cannot resist buying at least one every time I go shopping.
- My last Halloween Costume was a tree.
- My dog has a theme tune, written and performed by me.
- I think I am the best dancer in the world and The Lawnmower is my signature dance.
- I am afraid of stickers. And if you come near me with one, I might kill you. Seriously.
- I am a bitch in the morning until I get my coffee.
- I love Made in Chelsea. I would say its my guilty secret, but I’m actually quite open about it.
Jumpers are amazing. They are the huge woolly hugs that keep on giving. I live in jumpers from the 1st of September to 30th of May. So there is approximately three months when they are put away, and may be sneaked out when I feel like some uber-comfort.