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15 May 2014

The Perfect Base

Today I thought I would talk about my perfect base for make-up application. It has taken me many years to find the perfect face products for longevity, cover and suitability. I have quite sensitive skin and therefore I like to make sure a product will not break it out, I also have quite red toned skin and I blush easily so therefore I opt for a more full coverage look too. I have spent a long time looking for the perfect products and these are the ones that I have been re-purchasing over and over.

- Estee Lauder Double Wear in ''cool bone''
- Collection 2000 illuminating concealer in shade 1
- Mac Mineralise Skinfinish Natural in ''light''
- Studio blush trio
- Mac cream highlight in ''Luna''
- MUA Fixing Mist
For a long time most of my make-up was applied either by fingers or cheap make-up brushes, I made the decision that it was time to invest in some better brushes. After looking around I decided to purchase the Real Technique Face brush set, it has a brush for everything, some even multi-purpose!!

There is the Concealer brush, Buffing Brush and Contour brush. The big fluffy face brush is quite an old one from a set I was bought, it doesn't even have a name haha.

First I am going to apologise for the condition of my Collection 2000 Illuminating concealer, it has been well loved! I like to apply this in a V shape under each eye and blend using the Real Techniques concealer brush. I also like to put a little around my nose and if I have any blemishes.

Second is foundation, now it's no secret that I love Estee Lauder Double Wear, the consistency is amazing providing the perfect medium to full coverage, the staying power is incredible it can last my entire day at work and also the colour range is good meaning no tide marks around your face or neck. Due to the thicker consistency of this product I like to apply it with the Real Techniques buffing brush, I take a pea sized amount on the back of my hand, dab the brush in it and then buff it out in circular motions all over my face. You can build it up to a high coverage if you wanted too.

To set the foundation I like to use MAC's Mineralized Skinfinish Natural, I use the large fluffy face brush and sweep it across my forehead, down my nose and on my chin as this is where I experience the most oiliness. I tend to avoid my cheeks as I like to keep the look dewy and glowing.

With summer imminent (or so we hope) I have been reaching for more coral and peach toned blushes, the first coral shade in the Studio palette is a beautiful bright shimmery blush and applies well to the cheeks for a perfect flush of colour. The Real Techniques blush brush is excellent for this (as the name suggests ;)) it helps to distribute the colour evenly so you don't look like you have been slapped in the face!!

To complete the look I like to add Mac's Luna cream highlight to the tops of my cheek bones to add extra dimension to the face and then spritz the MUA fixing mist all over to set the final base. This adds extra staying power to the look and keeps it feeling fresh.

Here is the finished look, with the addition of some orange lipstick and winged eyeliner.

* I just wanted to say I know my brushes are dirty, I used them to do this make-up today, don't worry I do wash them!! HaHa

Do you have any Holy grail face products?
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