Whilst I can happily dabble in the world of tinted moisturisers and lightweight coverage bases I think my heart will always lie with a fuller coverage foundation. I used to think if you don't need that much coverage then why would you reach for it but that's not what beauty is about. You can wear whatever you like and if it makes you feel good then that's all that matters. And high coverage bases have come a long way in terms of formulation, they're no longer mask like and heavy and you can still achieve a flawless base without feeling horribly weighed down. I've been a real fool for them lately so I thought I'd share some of my most loved with you.
HOW TO WORK WITH A FULL COVERAGE BASE
- Moisturise and prep your skin properly, personally I think a primer is always best in combination with something a little more full coverage.
- Choose your application tool wisely, a domed somewhat dense brush is always what I go for. Something that can work with the product but doesn't soak it all up is what you want.
- Work in fine layers rather than one big dollop of product.
You might presume a base that hosts a full coverage finish has to be matte and flat but the Clinique Super Balanced Silk is so beautiful and soft on the complexion. It's a balancing foundation like the name suggests which means it works in harmony with more oily areas and hydrates drier patches on the face. So it's perfect for those girls who struggle with their skin and don't know how it's going to behave day to day and need something that can adjust. The coverage when first applied is a more medium affair but it's so easy to build up and work with that you can achieve any type of finish you want. And as always with Clinique foundations it stays put all day without fail, I think they're a totally underrated brand when it comes to creating a long lasting base.
If you are a lover of a more matte finish but don't want to be completely flat then this cult base from Make Up For Ever is a great choice. It feels incredibly lightweight on the skin but covers everything up with ease as well as wearing comfortably throughout the day and of course, it's a no-brainer that this lasts well on the skin without a primer or a powder. Even though this is a more matte finish on the complexion it's one that can work with a skin that might be a little drier and it would most definitely work with an oilier skin type. MUFE are a well-known brand for having an incredible shade range that can work for a huge array of skin tones which is something that's incredibly important.
I recently learnt how to use this cult product properly and I don't think I've fallen in love with a product so fast in years. You can use this alone [which is how it was used on me initially] or you can use it in combination with another base if you please. I like to pair it with something like the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue* or in combination with a heavier coverage foundation for a really flawless finish. You have to work with this product and buff it around the skin rather than using a patting motion which is what I typically. As it's a powder you might expect it to look and feel chalky but it's so beautiful and creamy. It leaves the most beautiful flawless finish on the skin and sits comfortably and even though you can powder this if you're a little more oily and it still won't look heavy.
I've not been able to use this base recently which sucks as it was my go to throughout the Autumn months but January and February have made me seriously pale. If you missed out on all the hype when Beauty Pie was released then you might not know the concept behind the brand. It's like a beauty buyers club that allows you to pay for products at factory price if you pay a subscription monthly fee. Which when you're getting a high-end foundation for a few pounds it's a no-brainer if you're a big beauty lover. The Great Skin foundation to me is a lot like Estee Lauder Double Wear with how it enhances the skin so effortlessly but it doesn't feel at all heavy and doesn't feel as grim as DW does by the end of the day. It's one of the best beauty discoveries that I made last year without a doubt and it comes from such an innovative brand which is so exciting.
Whenever I talk about this base I just have to mention how much of a shock it was for me when I first applied it [in a great way]. It was passed along to me by a friend and I remember when I first started blogging that I was desperate to try this base as they were circulating the advert where the eggs were made to look flawless. Not quite sure why that drew me in so much but it did, the only issue is that it's not got the best shade range to go with it. So even though it can only work for me when I'm a little more tanned I still adore it and if you can find your shade then I highly recommend it. It blends seamlessly onto the skin whilst still providing a flawless veil of coverage and it covers up the majority of things you need with only one layer but it is incredibly easy to work with and add more as you go. It's one that I always go to in the Summer months because it can withstand the heat with ease.
What are your favourite fuller coverage bases?