Upon watching the make up queen that is Lisa Eldrige last summer I learnt something which seemed like common sense but a technique I had forgone before and that is layering your base. Working in thin veils of product gives a much more of a natural looking base as oppose to just caking on everything at once which we all know is never a desired look. Without a good base the rest of my make up never looks quite right either so it is the one step in my routine that I take the longest to apply.
A mixture of concealers is what I apply first and to cancel out any dark tones under my eyes I go for the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer. Although in general I don't suffer too much with discolouration sometimes they need a little bit of help and this covers everything up whilst still being light enough to go all day without creasing or slipping off. Then I apply a thin layer of the 17 Stay Time concealer on any redness or blemishes to start to try and create a formula of layers to smooth of any imperfections without looking caked in make up. Some prefer to apply their concealer after foundation but by applying before you can see just how much you need to finish your base. Lately I have been going back to the YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat which creates a beautiful radiant finish whilst still offering a considerable amount of coverage. As the formulation is quite watery you only need around half a pump of this to cover your entire face and bring a little down your neck. If I am having a good skincare day then I will leave it at that but if not I will go bak in with another layer of the 17 concealer with a touch of the YSL mixed in to add that luminosity back into the skin. I always finish of my make up with a powder through my t-zone mainly and under my eyes to keep everything in place and my go to is the MAC MSF in Lightscapade which I think is a cheaper version of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders. It provides a real soft focus look to the skin like you have put an Instagram filter all over your skin. Since I did start to work in thinner layers of product my make up not only looks more natural it also lasts a lot longer which we all need in those summer months when sometimes it is a miracle if your make up hasn't slipped of within 10 minutes of walking outside.