Make Up Recommendations | Base Products

best base make up products

I have a love/hate relationship with base products and it has taken me a long time to finally find products that feel somewhat comfortable on my skin. I do use a mix of high end and drug store brands, but I don’t really have a preference. My only criteria is that it doesn’t dry my skin out horrendously, and that it doesn’t make me want to claw my face by the end of the day or night!

When I gathered all of my base products together for this blog post, I didn’t realise how much I actually use! It’s just part of your daily routine, and it isn’t likely that you don’t go through each morning by counting how many different product you apply to your skin. I must point out that I don’t pile all of these products on in one go! However, on days where I’m getting outfit photos taken, on nights out, and special occasions where I like to make the extra effort to look nice, I use a primer, BB cream, and a foundation.

Without further ado, here are my current favourites:

best primers, garnier perfect blur, illamasqua satin primer, porefessional
I use two types. The Illamasqua one is quite runny and tacky which make my make-up stick, prolonging the wear and reducing the amount of times I have to touch up (if at all). I also have another primer which I only use on certain parts of my face. This blurs fine lines, and cover certain areas like the side of my nose and laughter lines. It just smoothes everything down and makes the foundation go on a lot more flawless. So, if you’ve ever wondered why my skin looks flawless in photographs, it’s because of this. It’s my little secret trick that I use! It looks GREAT on camera.

Firstly, Illamasqua Satin Primer is one of the best thing in my make up bag. I had applied this all over my face on the day of my sister’s wedding and because I was a bridesmaid, I didn’t accessorise my dress with a bag so I couldn’t take any make up with me other than my lipstick. Also, everybody were carrying tiny little clutches as well, so there was no chance of me asking any of the ladies to carry bits of make up around for me. I didn’t panic though, I knew this primer from Illamasqua was 100% reliable, though. Even through the summer heat, my make up managed to stay on for the full 12 hours without shifting! I didn’t need to re-apply any of my make up (apart from the lippy!). It has got a satin finish which means it leaves your skin with a beautiful healthy glow but it’s not oily – it kind of just illuminates your skin. It is just just nicest primer, and very moisturising too! The Satin Primer is probably best suited for those with normal/dry skin. If you have oil prone skin type, or if you prefer a matte finish, try the Illamasqua Matte Primer instead.

The other primer(s) ones I use are more of a balm. I have the Garnier Perfect Blur and the Porefessional by Benefit. I don’t use them both at the same time, I pick one or the other and it’s usually the Garnier Perfect Blur that I prefer because it has no colour to it, is pretty much odorless and it not as “slippery”. The Porefessional Primer comes out of the tube a beige colour (but is transluscent when applied to skin), it has a fragrance and can sometimes be greasy when my skin is misbehaving! I don’t use these ones all over my face as I have mentioned above – only sparingly around the side of my nose (which make it appear smaller), around my chin and sometimes on my jawline. 

BB Creams / Skin Tints
best BB cream and skin tint, rodial instaglam, benefit big easy, maybelline dream fresh
The second layer I add on is either a BB cream, skin tint, or tinted moisturiser. This evens out my skin tone, reduces redness and covers up any freckles and blemishes.

I usually opt for the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream. It does a great job of evening out my skin tone and covering blemishes and freckles. It’s also a great colour match for my skin tone and doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry. I’m sure there are other better BB Creams out there but I’ve never had the urge to switch it up because I’m happy with this one. It has a slightly dewy finish to it but it’s not an overly shiny glaze. The only bad thing is that after three months, it starts to smell a bit and I have to end up buying another tube even though there’s still quite a bit left. There’s a shelf life of 9 months, though but I just can’t stand the change in the smell.

Benefit’s Big Easy claims to be more than a BB Cream. I did a reviewed of it back in April but Big Easy is a medium coverage  with a matte finish, which goes from a liquid to a powder finish. I like this, it’s a really nice product but can only use it on good skin days as it tends to cling on to dry patches. Exfoliate the night before, and apply a hydrating mask and Big Easy transfers on to skin like a dream.

A recent addition to my “base” collection is Rodial’s Instaglam Skin Tint with SPF 30. This is a really gorgeous tinted moisturiser that contains hyaluronic acid which is known for it’s locking in hydration and keeping your skin moisturised. It is lightweight but provides a medium coverage. At £45, it’s a bit on the pricy side but oh my, it makes your skin look so completely beautiful! Lots to talk about with this one and I will be doing a full review of this very soon! If you ever come across it when you’re shopping, you must check it out!

Foundation and Finishing Powder
best base make up products, stay matte foundation
Liquid Foundation: I really like the Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation. It’s the only drugstore foundation I’ve ever loved. When I can’t afford an expensive one, this one is the one I automatically go for, no doubts about it! It’s a matte finish but it doesn’t highlight dry, flaky patches like a lot of matte foundations do. I did a full review of it here.

Highlighter: I know I like the matte, flawless look but I don’t exactly want my face to look like a potato, so I use a tiny bit of highlighter on my brow bone and a little bit on the apples of my cheeks before apply a blusher. This just puts a bit of radiance back in to my face but also looks flattering when the light hits those part of my face where I’ve applied highlighter. I used to love Benefit High Beam but after years of buying it (and again, not using it before it’s gone off) I just end up wasting money so I’ve opted for an alternative and that just so happens to be Smashbox Halo Highlighting Wand.

Finishing Powder: Rimmel Clear Complexion is affordable and effective. It doesn’t pick up much of the product but that just gives your more control over it. The Porefessional Agent Zero Shine is a loose powder so you can apply more of that in one go. Both of these eliminates shine so it’s a nice option for those with oily skin. I did a full write up of the Rimmel Clear Complexion and Porefessional Agent Zero Shine, so if you’d like to know more, then click through to have a little read! But as always, if you have any questions, just give me a shout on the comments or social media!

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19 thoughts on “Make Up Recommendations | Base Products

  1. I'm curious about that Illamasqua primer. I've been wanting to get something from the brand (I though about getting a blush because everyone says that they are amazing) but I try to get this first. Take care*

  2. Your skin sounds so similar to mine – will have to try that Rimmel foundation. Ever since Estee Lauder changed the colours of their Double Wear foundation I've been on a deeply unsatisfying hunt to find both a shade that matches my pale yellow-toned skin and doesn't make it super greasy. The only thing I have here is the Garnier Perfect Blur – which I do like, but feel like there could be better out there… Make-up is just a never-ending hunt for the best really, isn't it?!

  3. I love all things base! I totally love this post too! Hhaha! The variety of things is great! I seriously HOPE that HK carries the Garnier primer. That might be a fun thing to try.

  4. Thanks for this post, I'm always troubled with primers as they either make my skin more oily or doesn't have the desired effect I want. I think I'm going to try the Illamasqua one as it sounds like the perfect solution and like the sound of the Benefit BB cream!

    Steph x

  5. Love Benefits Pore-fessional Primer and serisouly need to try the loose set powder. My skin is just the worst over summer so I will definitely be experimenting with some of these x :o)

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