Foundation is the glue that holds my entire make up look together but it is probably the product that has taken me the longest to get to grips with. I think we have all had bases that have turned into an absolute disaster zone on our face whether them going patchy, oxidising into an orange mess or just generally sliding around.
So after a grand total of 8 years of wearing foundation and many failed trial runs after the ever coveted 'one' I think I have finally found some base products that I won't be turning my back on anytime soon. My main aim with my base now is something that sticks around and doesn't go patchy on my skin and the shade. I have purchased too many foundations that have oxidised and made me look like fan tan disaster and as I am so fair this is just a terrible look. As my skin seems to change daily and I don't have the oil slick skin that I used too I don't need such mattifying base I can go to more luminous bases.
When my skin is troublesome and more on the oily side of proceedings I turn to my beloved Laura Mercier silk crème. We have been in a committed relationship for nearly a year now and still going strong as I know this just works for me and my skin. As you only need a tiny amount too I am still on my first tube of the stuff as it is quite pricey at £33. Even though this is quite full coverage it doesn't drag your complexion down or make your base look heavy. However I do like to powder any foundation I use and I particularly like to use the MAC mineralize skin finish in 'Lightscapade' to brighten up my complexion even more. I picked this up on Kate's recommendation to an alternative to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders and it really feels like your sweeping light across your face. As it is so finely milled you just achieve a beautiful sheen and not a speck of glitter in sight so there is no fear about looking like a disco ball.
For my days when my skin is behaving relatively 'normal' the Revlon Nearly Naked foundation is what I turn to. I find that this offers me the most a good level of coverage whilst still feeling like I am not wearing anything on my skin. Not the longest lasting product by any means so I like to powder this using the L'Oreal True Match powder and this is an old favourite it just sets everything into place without looking too cakey or powdery. Finally on the rare days that my skin is completely behaving itself and I am blemish free or feeling a tad dry I go for the YSL Le Teint Le Touche Eclat foundation. No matter how drab or lack lustre my skin is this offers the perfect pick me up it is just radiance in a bottle and glides beautifully onto the skin. Again I like to powder with the L'Oreal as this is an incredibly dewy base and lets not forget the difference between looking radiant and looking sweaty. If ever throughout the day my make up starting to look a little bit 'meh' a real technical description for you there ;) I spritz a little bit of MAC Fix + all over just to freshen things up slightly and this product can be used for so many things it's great to have it around.
What are your favourite bases?